Imagine God Father without Marlon Brando, Sholay without Amzad Khan or Gol Maal sans Utpal Dutt. Some movies become legendary because of iconic characters played by actors who are just perfect for those roles. Agneepath with Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay Deenanath Chauhan clearly fell into that category.
It was a story of revenge. Vijay was so consumed by anger that his life had only one objective – revenge – and he was totally incapable of feeling any other normal emotions.
Sadly, Hritik Roshan lacked the intensity required to pull it off.He was never seething with anger. I never felt that he was just about to explode.
Great movies are great because their characters do not deviate from who they are. Vijay Chauhan was confident and determined. He was not a guy who would drink, cry and dance on his sister’s birthday. In the original Agneepath, Rohini Hattangadi aka Suhashini Chauhan was a strong woman of principles who never missed any opportunity to tell Vijay how much she disapproved of his ways. When she invited him to her house for food, it was to reprimand him “haath dhone se tere khoon ke daag nahi mitenge”. In the new version, she just invited her son in because “mein jaanti hu isne khaana nahi khaya hai”.
In the original movie, there was Mithun Da and Neelam to add some lighter moments. Karan Johar decided to cut these two characters but added it in form of a less intense hero and bubbly Priyanka Chopra. (Priyanka Chopra, by the way, is the happiest bride Hindi movie has ever produced – Agneepath wedding was almost a copy of her wedding scene from Kaminay where she cant stop smiling and dancing)
Om Puri, Rishi Kapoor were alright – they are good actors who usually deliver. As for Sanjay Dutt, I guess his acting was alright too. I don’t quite like his character and missed the suave Danny Denzongpa. I also missed Tinu Anand as Nathu.
Chikni Chameli – Katrina Kaif is clearly the most beautiful thing to ever hit cinema halls in India. I don’t think she is a better item girl than perhaps Yana Gupta in Babuji or even Aishwarya Rai in Kajrare, but she is still paisa vasool!
So, Agneepath (2012) was half baked and poorly conceived. Its makers never quite understood the soul of the original movie and just picked the story at a superficial level and tried to recreate the magic. And failed (in my not so humble opinion).
But they have all figured out that remakes and sequels of good movies always make some money because people come and watch it even if its crap. So we will just have to bear with it while they massacre our favourite movies one by one.
Verdict – 2 out of 5