|Hrithik Roshan in 'Agneepath'|
I must be
one the last ones to watch the new 'Agneepath', especially after all the hoopla
surrounding it. If my brother asks me whether I watched a Hindi movie twice, I
do get curious. So when I finally watched the movie yesterday, I was sadly more
excited by the nail buffer I had bought 20 minutes ago than what I was seeing
is one of those unfortunate movies that actually have a great screenplay which
just doesn't translate on screen. The first half an hour where the history of
Vijay Deenanath Chauhan is established is more artistic shoosha with the black
n white, 'Banyan tree' getting more attention than the young Viju's trauma. The
child actor playing Vijay and Chetan Pandit (Deenanath Chauhan) both don't look
convincing enough as the residents of a small place such as Mandwa.
movie picks up the pace when the story reaches Mumbai. The cut-throat
ruthlessness with which Vijay rises up the ladder is the triumph of the movie
but of course since this is a Hindi movie, it is also plagued by the giggling
female Kali (Priyanka Chopra) and a couple of completely useless songs. Rishi
Kapoor's much applauded work as Rauf Lala is good
and incorporates the larger-than-life persona that he
otherwise portrays, but only being on the good side.
what about Mr Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, you may ask? Hrithik is good in the role
but does he take on the role head on? No. This Vijay is a mainstream hero who
is just as bad as the audience can tolerate him to be. He will run a drug chain
but not prostitution. He will kill people but not for money. He will get his
sister kidnapped and almost sold but still expect a pat on the back from his
mother. And it does not help that Hrithik looks like he is going to burst into
tears every time he encounters Kanch. Dude... be macho, you are the hero for
God's sake. As one of my friend said 'He is just trying to keep up with
everything around him'. Sanjay Dutt's Kancha on the other hand is a
combination of Voldermort and Mogambo and is quite frightening but in ways it
acts detrimental to the movie, especially to the end where the older Vijay (Hrithik
Roshan) kills him. It looked so forced and to be honest very fake. Harry Potter
killing the Basilisk looked more convincing.
belongs completely to the writers Ila Dutta Bedi and Karan Malhotra who have
managed to take the original script and make something new and interesting out
of it. But where the movie takes a hit is the direction by Karan Malhotra.
Malhotra tries to do a Don (new) to this one, making it slick, cutting out
irritating love angles of Nariyal Pani walas and giving the audience a scarier
Kancha. But in a story or revenge which spans over 15 years it is power of the
mind that sustains the tension not the muscle of the actors.
you have seen the original then don't bother watching this one. It is better
only on the account of better clothes and slick action. Look at the last scene
with Vijay's shirt torn in just the right amount to show the bulging biceps and
just the right amount of blood to make him look tragically beautiful, and you
would know what I am talking about.
Labels: Average, Drama, Hindi