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Agent Vinod  (2012 - Hindi)

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  • Ppphuski Bomb………………..

    Agent Vinod rating: 4 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 23 Mar 2012)

    Being a Movie buff from childhood I always had craving for all sorts of genre. Besides typical Masala films and action films, my childhood witnessed loads of Murder Mysteries, Crime Thrillers and of course Spy Films. I remember watching Mithun as Gun master G9 in Suraksha which was one of favorite films at that time for me and my gang of movie lover kids. Yes there was James Bond, but we were not supposed to watch them as most of them were ‘Adults only’. So we use to feast on our Desi Bond films like Farz, Aakhen, Raksha, Shakka, Bond 303, Yakeen, Keemat, Saazish, Wardaat, Shatranj, Puraskaar, Agent Vinod, Mr.Bond, Hero, etc. Jeetendra as Gopal – Agent 116 in Farz /Raksha or Mithun as G9 in Suraksha /Wardaat or Mahendra Sandhu as Agent Vinod use to be our favorite Desi Bond characters. Sadly the franchisee never moved forward as the later films were flops and the exposure to Hollywood films started to grow becoming difficult for our film makers to match the standards. After a long gap Saif Ali Khan and Sriram Raghavan enters this genre with ‘Agent Vinod’ inspired by 1977’s Rajshri banner film character. So let’s find out whether this film will match up with the international standards of Spy films and finally give us a true Desi Bond?

    “Agent Vinod” is story of a Indian Agent Vinod {Saif Ali Khan} working in R.A.W. Vinod and his team starts hunting for killers of his fellow agent Rajan {Ravi Kisshen}. They get a lead to Morocco based kingpin Khazan {Prem Chopra}; where with help of Iram {Kareena Kapoor} comes to know of a bomb named ‘242’. How does Agent Vinod get hold of this Bomb is what the entire film about.

    Story is very short and one liner also resembles a low budget flop film called ‘Azaan’. But with help of super screenplay in first half, you don’t even notice the missing story or any flaws. The first half of this film is full pace thriller, but as the second half starts the pace starts to slow down leading to a very weak anti climax followed by dragging climax. Movie has some interesting scenes like the first mission in Afghanistan, followed by the whole Morocco chapter, ‘Rabta’ song and few more action stuff. But on the flip side the movie lacks of soul and good script. The twists are even lower than T.V Serial C.I.D. The moment the fast pace movie slows down; one can guess the entire film. Now that even Bond films are focusing more on the script and content side how can we accept such weak concept in name of Spy Thriller? Still thanks to the action, international tour {Afghanistan, Russia, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Riga, Somalia, Pakistan, Delhi, London,Etc } fast pace first half one does not get disinterested from this almost three hour long film, but as it comes towards the finale, the makers and the audience let it go. Camera work is superb and gives the international justice to the genre. Editing could have been tighter, as the movie almost touches three hour benchmark. Special effects in action scenes were good, but the anti climax part were terrible. A special mention for Animated titles, which were mind blowing.

    Music by Pritam is fine. The theme music is superb. Govind Bolo, I’ll Do the Talking and Dil Mera are chartbusters. ‘Rabta’ is one of best picturized song from the film. ‘Pungi’ is total entertaining. Not to forget the R.D Burman background music from the movie ‘The Train’ and others.

    Sriram Raghavan gave us ‘Ek Haseena Thi’ and ‘Jhonny Gaddar’ which were superb thrillers. One does respect this maker for contributing in this genre of Thrillers. Yes we do witness his work in this film too, but goes missing in the second half of the film. Sriram himself is a big fan of thriller films and thus one expect him to do justice to the film, but sadly he succumbs to the big world of glam and gloss. Thanks to him we did manage to have some good entertainment in the first couple of hours, but wished to see a full fledge his style film instead of making this half baked film. Can easily say this is his weakest film, but might be his highest earner thanks to the glam gloss and star value.

    Saif Ali Khan looks great and slips easily in the shoes of a Spy Agent. He is totally focused in the film but gets highly let down by a weak script and character detailing. We cannot associate with this Agent who was like without a soul. Kareena looked beautiful and does her part well. But the chemistry between Saif and Kareena was missing and one does not connect to them or their bonding. Prem Chopra was superb. Ram Kapoor and Drithiman Chatterjee were weak. Gulshan Grover, Rajat Kapoor, Zakir Hussain, Ravi Kishen in their minor roles were fine. The actor who played Saif Ali Khan’s boss was horrible. Adil Hussain and Shahbaaz Khan are good.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai Dum?

    Dum hai first half mein full time pass fun hai, but as the movie starts going ahead the fun starts to slow down leading to a disappointing climax. They could have done lot more with this thriller which ends up as a half baked product. All those nail biting promos or even the first couple of hours gets wasted with this weak scripted film towards the finale.Looks like we will have to wait long to even reach half of what Bond types films are. Remember those fire cracker bombs which you get at festival time with full expectations and hoping to see a big loud noise. This movie is same like that cracker but only difference is after lighting the cracker as it moves with full pace to explode this one fizzles out which instead of sounding like a ‘Pungi’ sounds more like a Ppphuski Bomb.

    Ratings: 2.25/5

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