EXPECTATIONS - Rumors about remaking Big B's 'Agneepath' were on the loose for at least 3-4 years. Abhishek Bachchan & Shahrukh Khan were the first choices said by media, but at last when the news about remake was becoming familiar, Hrithik Roshan was selected as the great 'Vijay Dinanath Chauhan'. At last when 2011 came, the news was fully confirmed. Near Diwali 2011, the trailer was launched which grabbed too much of attention. Then came another rage named 'Chikni Chameli' which topped the charts throughout India and became a sensation everywhere. Everything was beautifully arranged for Agneepath to make its way straight and the most important thing, Agneepath is the first biggie of 2012 and not to mention, produced by DHARMA PRODUCTION. So, does 62 crore big-budget AGNEEPATH gives justice to the cult original?
AGNEEPATH is a simple story on revenge, hard-hitting yet works good on emotions and entertainment. In a small Indian village Mandwa, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan [Hrithik Roshan] is taught by his principled father [Chetan Pandit] about the path of fire -- Agneepath. His life is completely shattered when the evil drug dealer Kancha [Sanjay Dutt] hangs his father to death. Vijay leaves for Mumbai with his pregnant mother [Zarina Wahab] and has only one mission in life -- to come back to Mandwa and bring back the glory of his father's name.
In Mumbai, the 12-yr-old Vijay is taken under the wings of the city gang lord Rauf Lala [Rishi Kapoor]. From then on it is a journey of revenge where he makes and breaks many relationships, only to get closer to his aim. Vijay finds support only in his best friend Kaali [Priyanka Chopra], who stands by him at every moment in his life. Fifteen years later, his hatred for Kancha takes him back to Mandwa where life comes full circle.
Claps and ceetees covered the plex when the dialogue "Naam Vijay Chauhan, baap ka naam Dinanath Chauhan, gaon Mandwa." took place and I saw many dancing when CHIKNI CHAMELI took her arrival in the screen.
First timer Karan Malhotra splendidly decorates the modern version with very stylish action scenes, fresh screenplay by himself and Ila Bedi Dutta and his own unique style of storytelling. Some new good fresh songs and scenes, freshly portrayed characters like Vijay Dinanath Chauhan to Rauf Lala everyone. As a debutant, he shows much hope to the industry that it's going to good hands.
Screenplay by Karan Malhotra and Ila Bedi Dutta is wonderfully sketched and it kept justice to the original one. Akiv Ali's editing is fantastic as always. He was the editor of finest made pictures like 'The Dirty Picture', 'Pyaar Ka Punchanaama' and more. Piyush Mishra's dialogues [kept aside 'Naam Vijay...'] show good potentials. Ravi K. Chandran & Kiran Deohans's cinematography is superfine. Abbas Ali Moghul's action direction is one of the best contributions towards the movie. Ajay Atul's music is not so hard-hitting [except Chikni Chameli] but they make a perfect harmony with situations and so does the background scores also composed by them.
Vijay Dinanath Chauhan by Hrithik Roshan is top notch. However I feel that no one could have done this role so perfectly. Hrithik got the right expressions, showed super heroism in him and was successful to pierce the angry young 'Vijay Dinanath Chauhan' in him which is astoundingly arresting and shows signs that our DUGGU has grown up to a sensible & talented performer who can now fit up to any character in movies. Priyanka Chopra as Kaali was significant to her role. She did her best to be her and besides being such an unimportant rookie in the game, she left her poignancy. Rishi Kapoor didn't have much negative roles in his career, but as Rauf Lala he was outstanding and tremendous. It seemed that he got the perfect feel of evilness in him for a long time and was just in a search of chance to show them. Now comes the best of them all, 'Kancha Cheena' Sanjay Dutt. Even he had done many evil roles in past, they were not the central evil character or villainous as Kancha Cheena but Sanju Baba didn't let us feel that he was nervous a bit. A good performer can make flow any kind of emotion in it, even that is heroism or the evil and Sanju Baba proves that he does everything well. I must say that Sanjay Dutt has done far much better than Danny Denzongpa, the old Kancha Cheena. Brutal Kancha got the perfect makeup for him and a sinful but proud feel in his face augments the impact of his performance. Brilliant! Zarina Wahab was first-rate. Arish Bhiwandiwala as the young Vijay Dinanath Chauhan was splendid. Om Puri was natural & others like Kanika Tiwari, Chetan Pandit, Deven Bhojani were good. Katrina Kaif sizzles in the item number with her super-sensational hot bod and super-energetic dance movements.
Finally, Agneepath is successful to keep justice to the Mukul Anand masterpiece. No wonder, the movie will earn a lot this season and can be another 100-cr blockbuster like Bodyguard, RA.One, Don 2, Singham & more. The main benefactor for this movie is the powerful performances by the two leading characters, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan & Kaancha Cheena. At last, AGNEEPATH is movie specially for masses. Watch it if you have it!