Movie: Agent Vinod

Director: Sriram Raghvan

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Prem Chopra, Ravi Kissen, Ram Kapoor, Ann Lee Roberts, Adil Hussain, Malika Haydon, Shahbaaz Khan and Maryam Zakaria

Jagran rating: Average

Story Line: Tries to be a Bond-cum-Bourne kind of a secret agent, Saif plays a cool Indian intelligence officer.

He is a very honest officer who is on a mission to unearth a global conspiracy. While he's after the killer of his friend Rajan (Ravi Kisen), Agent Vinod discovers the shocking plan of a terrorist group to kill millions with a nuclear suitcase bomb, which is kept under wraps. In the midst of his mission, he happens to meet undercover Pakistani ISI Agent Ruby (Kareena Kapoor), who is also, a doctor by profession. Agent Vinod and Ruby have a common goal, but whether their destiny meets an end or not that is the main crisp of a story.

Agent Vinod sets an experimental and revolutionizing filmmaking in India. In-fact it tries to match the Hollywood bond-cum-Bourne kind of flicks like  Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, the Mission Impossible series and Lee Falk & Sy Barry's Phantom stories, but it doesn’t fit the bill.

Thumbs Up: Saif Ali Khan is suave, charming and witty, and slips into the jackets and shoes of a spy quite flawlessly. Ditto for Kareena, who gets into the skin of her character nicely. However, as a couple, they barely get time to flaunt their fabulous chemistry. Adil Hussain as the villain impresses to the hilt.

Sriram Raghavan repeats the Johnny Gaddar magic and has the audience on the edge of their seats. But, he loses the plot somewhere. The music rings a bell with Pyaar Ki Pungi completely standing out. The editing is slick and perfect to make the film seem crisp, short and sweet.

Thumbs Down: The first 40 minutes of the film are intriguing and simultaneously confusing. It is bifurcated into sub-plots, which add adventure to the story. But, the flip side is that some sequences look completely illogical. A slightly confusing direction, misleading music at some points with no relevance to the theme are the weak points.

If only Sriram Raghavan had not gone weak in the knees at the thought of love, Agent Vinod would have been a sharper, smarter, cooler film. Moreover, this film is truly dedicated to experimental cinema lovers.

(*Bad,**Disappointing,***Average ,****Good,*****Excellent)