Cinema goers had been restless being devoid of a thriller action movie for the last two weeks. Karan Johar’s Agneepath has potential to make them feel satiated for at least a month now.
The screenplay of Agneepath, beautifully created by Director Karan Malhotra along with the co-writer Ila Bedi Datta, might seem strikingly familiar and effortlessly predictable but it does pull a string or two out of respect for the original version of the film during the playtime.
The movie yet follows the Agneepath poem and builds itself around it, but the hatred and violence displayed on screen cover up every little gaping hole in the plot.
Vijay’s (Hrithik Roshan) first crime witnessing scene officially grabs the attention of viewers and forces them to expect more from the movie; which it eventually delivers. Vijay is again shown as the angry, pained and excessively motivated gangster seeking revenge.
But now he’s working alongside a local Don Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) intentionally to be able to catch up with Kancha (Sanjay Dutt), the murderer of his innocent revolutionary father. Basically, for Vijay, it is all about avenging the death of his father and making the bad guys pay for their deeds.
High expectations from Sanjay Dutt are underplayed by his character due to lack of good dialogues but he manages to seem infinitely menacing by his repelling Kancha personality.
Kaali (Priyanka Chopra), the girl who’s grown up fantasizing to marry Vijay has not been very exciting and is overshadowed by the brotherly love Vijay has for his sister. Rishi Kapoor is very promising and has been able to generate loathing from the audience, probably not more than Kancha, though Gaitonde (Om Puri) is an important key in the story, and is played well by Om Puri.
As of Hrithik Roshan, he has now come back to being incomparable after his loose acting in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
He does appear a bit confused in ‘Gun Gun Guna’ song but is flawlessly determined to make the public feel Vijay’s pain in the rest of the story. He does look like an odd one out with his Greek God looks in a few scenes but the rest assures that he’s brilliantly kept parallel with Mr Bacchan’s Vijay.
I was worried about how Hrithik would manage Amitabh’s ‘Naam Vijay Chauhan, Poora Naam Vijay Deenanath Chauhan Chauhan…’ tone, but he does that comfortably very late in the story.
Another thing worth mentioning is the background score. I actually had stayed rooted deep in my seat even when the end credits started rolling until the music ended. The music takes you high during the action scenes and jerk out a few tears in the Vijay-Shiksha hug scene.
The movie couldn’t have been complete without its continuous aiding background score.
Think of the movie as a loud action-packed (and a bit melodramatic) admirable nod to the old generation Bollywood movies.
There are many edges of the seat moments and jaw dropping violent tortures to make you feel for Vijay. Also the most awaited item song takes up the adrenaline level to a high. But nothing is more awesome than the final battle between Vijay and Kancha! I was surprised sparks didn’t fly out of their blows when they initiated the climax fight.
Watch out for a bit of confusing Marathi words and be prepared for a few pointless songs.
Being a silent admirer of the old style Bollywood, I enjoyed the movie myself. There are bits that might be unacceptable, but as far as most of the Bollywood movies are concerned: Keep an open mind and have fun!