Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Agneepath Movie Review - Watch it !

Agneepath walks the alley of revenge in a David vs Goliath manner. Hats off to the producer Karan Johar and director Karan Malhotra for treating the remake with a distinctive touch and raw appeal. . The plot borrows the fundamental backdrop of the original but removes elements like Krishnan Iyer MA (Mithun Chakraborthy’s role) and instead adds the character of Rauf Lala(Rishi Kapoor). Secondly, Vijay Dinananth Chauhan of Agneepath (2012) is more in the common man mould-raw and gritty, compared to the flamboyant person that Big B played in 1990. Though there may be comparison, one can safely say that Agneepath is an engaging piece of cinema.

Story of Agneepath
12 year old Vijay Dinanath Chauhan stays with his dad (Chetan Pandit) in a village called Mandwa; the doting father teaches the son about the importance of walking through a fiery terrain to gain strength of character. However, the father does not live for long; he is killed by a drug-lord Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt). Vijay comes to Mumbai with his pregnant mother, but has just one ambition in life, to restore his father’s name which had been tarnished before his death.

As he grows up, Vijay is tutored by a ganglord in Mumbai, called Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor). The boy learns fast, does the right moves and his ably supported by his girlfriend Kaali(Priyanka Chopra). He gears up to match Kaancha Cheena, the man who killed his father but it is not easy to fight someone who is ferocious to the core

Plus points of Agneepath
The new age Agneepath, just like its protagonist Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, has one aim to give entertainment to the audience, and it does the job pretty well. The David vs Goliath scenes between Vijay and Kancha Cheena are played out splendidly and there are a few really good moments that create adrenalin rush.
Action director Abbas Moghul is in top notch form as he sets the thrills, anticipation and the blows in an uncompromising manner. Karan Malhotra shows true valor and heroism rather than relying on special effects that has been the norm these days. A special mention goes to the music and the background score given by Ajay-Atul including the anthem of the season ‘Chikni Chameli’ which infuses enough sizzle in the film. Kiran Deohans and Ravi K. Chandra do immense justice to the visuals with their beautiful cinematography. The dialogue of course, may be compared with the predecessor but Piyush Mishra manages to give some really smart and powerful lines that makes the movie hold on its own.

Performances in Agneepath
Agneepath is performance oriented to the core. Hrithik Roshan is brilliant and does clinical justice to his role. He has time and again said that his role is different from Amitabh Bachchan, which is true, and comparisons aside, this is truly one of the best performances from Hrithik Roshan.

Sanjay Dutt, the master of come-back, has always impressed us the most when the chips were down on him. Some of the examples are Sadak, Vaastav, Munnabhai MBBS and of course, Agneepath. He is chilling, mean and he is sinister within every fiber of his being.

Priyanka Chopra may not have been given much footage in the promos but delivers an impactful performance. Rishi Kapoor’s role as Rauf Lala is definitely one that can be counted as one of his best character roles. The others including Zarine Wahab, Kanika Tiwari, Arish Bhiwandiwala (young Vijay Dinanath Chauhan), Om PurI, Devan Bhojani and Katrina Kaif raise the bar of the film with their persona and performances.

Conclusion – Behold, the first blockbuster of 2012 is here. Agneepath; go watch it.

Rating :**** (Very Good)


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