Agneepath is a remake in its true sense. Much awaited and talked about endeavor of The Dharma Productions.
Agneepath being of the action genre and full of violence is a very unlikely Dharma movie at the same time the screenplay, cinematography and other technicalities are very much its style.
The story begins in a Maharashtrian village – Mandwaa with the school teacher (master Dinanath Chauhan ) whose growing popularity becomes a matter of concern for the village head. He plans on calling his son Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) to take care of this.Kancha tries to talk the villagers into leasing their properties to him so that he can set up a salt factory but his actual intension is revealed of trying to set up a drug mafia there.
Masterji tries to stop the injustice he foresees if the villagers give into Kancha’s scheme. Then Kancha stages a miss happening and it seems like that the master is the culprit, Kancha along with the villagers hang the master leaving his 12 year old son vijay and pregnant wife helpless.
Vijay and his mother, shift to Mumbai hoping for new life, in a chawl of Mumbai his mother delivers a daughter Shiksha. But fate follows them and Vijay sees Kancha and follows him to find that he has other enemy too in Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor). He decides to join forces with him as he remembers his dad’s saying “shakti ka paas hona zaruri hai par sawal shakti ke istemaal ka hai”. His mother afraid of what has become of her son, abandons him as she doesn’t want this to reflect on her daughter too.
Gradually over the period of 15 years he becomes an important part of Rauf Lala’s empire, and with Vijay’s help he has is able to become a Drug Lord of the city and continues his business of female trafficking. He has a love angle with Kaali (Priyanka Chopra) who loves him unconditionally at the same time is able to understand him and be supportive of him in all his decisions including the one where he says he does not want to get married. Vijay looks up to a police officer Gaitonde (Om Puri) as he reminds him of his father and was of great help to him when he had just come to the city with his mother, Gaitonde too thinks of him as a son being aware of the wrong doings he is a part of.
With the help of his crooked mind and schemes to achieve his ultimate goal of taking revenge of his father’s death by killing Kancha, he is able to kill Rauf Lala’s son and soon take Rauf Lala down too.
And then the story of Agneepath is about how he is able to reach Kancha and if and how he is able to take his revenge.
The movie is full of power packed performances . Its full of heart rending peices by Hritik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor and also Priyanka Chopra.
Hritik as always is OUTSTANDING! For even a second you cannot belive that he is NOT Vijay Dinanath Chauhan the intensity in his eyes and brooding persona is a perfect characterization of Hritik’s VDC .
Sanjay Dutt is equally matched adversary who is a devil incarnate. Every thing about him in the movie- his look (a much talked about aspect) dialogues, body language etc. is pure “CRUEL-EVIL VILLAIN STYLE.” Ironically he will terrify you and yet you would want to see him on screen.
Rishi Kapoor being the brilliant actor that he is, will shock you in his negative role portrayal of Rauf Lala in Agneepath. He acts with ease and excellence at the same time and he too has some thing in is eyes which is so brilliant. An unlikely character to be played by an extra ordinary actor of his calibre.
Priyanka Chopra is beautiful as Kaali- peppy, young, full of life, Vijay’s strength, bubbly, at the same time very understanding and mature – wished to have seen more of this pretty actress.
“Technicalities are the basic unit” , so coming to them, camera angels and the camera work ( cinematography, screenplay, etc.) is done beautifully with all the vibrant colors. One thing that strikes is that being such a heavy mobvie full of violence it is actually a very dark movie and could have been so on screen, but yet the makers have made it very comfortable which makes it very easy to sit through the entire movie. Although it is nearly 3 hours long it engages you at all points and does not let you leave your seat. Karan Malhotra does an impeccable job as the director of the film especially considering the fact that this is his first! Only thing being negative is that the transition from an emotionally loaded scene to the next seems very drastic.
Music of Agneepath has managed to create its own hype and is also being appreciated – of course Chikni Chameli has already made it to the top of the charts and other songs from the album too are in line.
Agneepath lives up to its hype , name and even the expectations, it is definitely your entertainer of the week and the weekend and so it deserves a 4 star rating!
Cast of Agneepath :
Hrithik Roshan – Vijay Dinanath Chauhan
Sanjay Dutt – Kancha
Priyanka Chopra – Kaali
Rishi Kapoor – Rauf Lala
Katrina Kaif – Item Song Chikni Chameli
Om Puri – Eknath Gaitonde
Zarina Wahab – Suhasini Chauhan
Chetan Pandit – Master Dinanath Chauhan
Sachin Khedekar – Home Minister
Rajesh Tandon – Mazhar Lala
Deven Bhojani – Azhar Lala
Rajesh Vivek – Inspector Bakshi
Banwarilal Taneja – Kancha’s Father
Pankaj Tripathi – Surya
Brijendra Kala – Munim
Ravi Jhankal – Shantaram
Arish Bhiwandiwala – Young Vijay Dinanath Chauhan
Kanika Tiwari – Shiksha Chauhan
Ali Asgar – Qawaali Song
Rajendra Chawla – Qawaali Song
Credits & Crew of Agneepath:
Banner – Dharma Productions
Producers – Karan Johar, Hiroo Johar
Director – Karan Malhotra
Music Directors – Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Lyricist – Amitabh Bhattacharya
Editor – Akiv Ali
Cinematography – Ravi K. Chandran, Kiran Deohans
Choreographers – Brinda, Chinni Prakash, Rekha Chinni Prakash, Saroj Khan, Feroze Khan, Ganesh Acharya
Costume Designers – Mandira Shukla, Navin Shetty, Manish Malhotra
Co Producers – Apoorva Mehta, Sumeet Chawla
Action – Abbas Ali Moghul
Screenplay – Karan Malhotra
Dialogue – Piyush Mishra
Sound – Stephen Gomes
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