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Agneepath (2012)

Remaking a classic is no easy job given the sky high expectations from every moviegoer. But director Karan Malhotra risked and remade the Big B’s classic Agneepath with Hrithik Roshan taking the place of Amitabh Bachchan. Let us see how this day’s Vijay Dinanath Chauhan fared.

Before I jump into the review, I must confess that I never watched the original Agneepath. So this movie was as new for me and don’t expect any comparisons in my views.

The plot:

Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (Hrithik) is set to avenge his father’s gruesome death caused by a ruthless drug dealer Kancha (Sanjay Dutt). Vijay knows that he needs power to accomplish his mission of killing Kancha. With his will and wit, the boy-next-door Vijay transforms into the right hand of Mumbai’s mafia leader Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor). While Vijay was disowned by his mom for his criminal acts, Kaali (Priyanka), the lady love, stands as a great support all through.


I still remember the painful expression on Hrithik’s face. Be it love, distress, anger or frustration, he expressed it all amazingly. 2011 was the year of Ranbir and 2012 could possibly be the year of Hrithik.

Priyanka did a decent job, be it dancing, giggling or crying. But then, this was not her best. Sanjay Dutt was scary and how! We should get to watch him more often as the baddie.

Rishi Kapoor was simply amazing. Amidst the colorful cast and a hero based story, Rishi Kapoor stands out in his own way. Om Puri did his bit as per the requirement.


Leave aside Dabangg or Singham; it is Agneepath that marks actual return of the angry young man. When Hrithik says “poora naam Vijay Dinanath Chauhan” or when he tirelessly chases his prey, you are amused, absolutely. The director has to be acclaimed for balancing the movie with elements like action, revenge, love and sentiments and keeping them pleasantly in sync with the story line. And every character was neatly etched, though I felt Priyanka’s role should have been given more space. Hrithik’s character was finely made. Though Vijay portrays himself as a tough man, his emotions lie deep down and they are expressed mostly when Kaali is around.

There are too many to say on the plus side. I had them all – goose bumps, tears and a fast heartbeat. And first time ever I regret for not knowing how to whistle.

The death episode of Vijay’s father was totally gripping and wonderfully kick-starts the movie. I was tensed, thrilled and what not! The edgy Ganesh Visarjan scene, the soulful union of Vijay and his sister or the way the lovable Kaali giggles during the marriage – all make for an awesome watch.

I haven’t seen any new movies where sentimental scenes were shot brilliantly and Agneepath scores here. And Hrithik’s introduction scene invited many cheers and whistles from the audience. It has been quite a time we had power packed introduction of the hero, right?

Technically too, the movie is on a healthy side. Cinematography and screenplay are huge assets for this commercial flick. The background score was racy, engaging and contributes a lot to some knock-down action moments. In songs, Gun Guna was good. Chikni Chameli added the spice. The much talked about saiyyan song was deleted. And action moments remind me of the climax fight which was oh so good. The sets of Mandwa were very realistic. Fortunately dialogues were very limited. It was actions and eyes that spoke.

On the flip side, I felt the movie could’ve been edited in the second half as you’ll have to wait a long before Vijay can finally finish his mission.

Final word:

Must watch! I’ll go with 4 out of 5.

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  1. Even I haven’t seen the original. I started it but it was too loud for my taste. The only thing that put me off was Sanjay’s look. But as you said movie is good. I will watch this on weekend. Thanks for the review…

  2. The last couple of remakes of Hindi classics have left me a bit wary of them, but your review and your 4/5 makes it seem that this one is going to be worth it. I am so envious that you manage to watch all the new releases as soon as they are out so that you can write about them. I always end up planning to go and finally watch the movie I wanted only to realize that it has stopped playing just that week!! As a result, I have a long list of films to watch at home, which just keeps growing. Keep shining, .

    Happy Republic Day!!

  3. Thanks…was looking for its review… :)

  4. I am going ot see this movie for sure and that too in a hall :)

    thanks you


  5. Now this is a surprise, because on twitter people were calling the movie a failure and on facebook too. It does sound promising, I want to watch now. May be when am in India next month :) Because in London halls are mostly empty and you can not enjoy such a typical Bollywood movie.

    ~ Chintan

  6. that was quite an interesting review Harsha…

    i am so very desperate to watch this movie tonight .. am a big HR fan…so i like this post full of praise about him….

    thanks for sharing your good views about the movie :P


    PS: Not watching Original Agneepath till now, god forbid, is a sin!!!

  7. I’ve been waiting for this movie, nowI can’t wait to watch in the cinema! Onwards to the theater this weekend!

  8. nice review will watch it soon

  9. Hey one thing I’ll agree on is that I loved Hritik too :) ..If anyone else was in the movie, I’d have walked out…:)

  10. Even I haven’t seen the original movie.
    I saw this movie today, and went it to on the sole intention of HRITHIK. But, to be truthful the movie is exceptionally brilliant. Not only Hrithik but Sanju baba and Rishi Kapoor were amazing as well,
    The movie contains not only, avenge and fights but also sentimental scenes.
    Too Good to be precise. Really loved it.
    For the first time Piggy chops didnt irritate me :P .

    For a person who hates movies with action, I’ll give this movie a 5 out of 5. It deserves it.

  11. Looking forward to watch the movie…..thanks for the info

  12. Was waiting for a neat review. :) Thanks buddy…

  13. I have watched the movie yday and Ditto (havent watched the original).
    I liked your review, trying to encompass all the aspects.
    But isnt 4 being generous?
    Just a thought
    HR was literally mute in the movie.

    Screenplay was super :) ! Ad Ganapathi Scenes — Goosebumps


  15. All your observations are correct. I liked the screenplay of the movie too much. It really looks fabulous and original. A good movie :)

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