Movie: Agneepath

Director: Karan Malhotra

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri

Jagran Rating: Good

Storyline: Agneepath is a remake of a 1990 film of the same name and is directed by Johar's former assistant Karan Malhotra. The story revolving around in a small village Mandwa, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) is taught about the path of fire (Agneepath) by his principled father. His life is shattered completely when the evil drug lord Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt) hangs his father to death. Vijay leaves for Mumbai with his pregnant mother, and takes an oath that he will return to Mandwa and bring back the glory of his father’s name and take revenge from Kancha Cheena.

In Mumbai, Vijay is taken under the wings of the cities drug lord Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor). From here on it is a journey of revenge where he makes and breaks many relationships only to get closer to his aim.

Vijay finds support in his only friend Kaali (Priyanka Chopra), who stands by him at every moment of his life. Fifteen years later, his hatred for Kancha takes him back to Mandwa where life comes full circle.

Thumbs Up: "Agneepath is brilliant in its brutality. It's a riveting and hectic homage to the spirit of the cinema when revenge reigned supreme. And content was King. This new "Agneepath" takes us back to the era when there was no computer or cellphones. And communication with the audience was immediate and electrifying. Stupendous performances, fresh storyline despite a remake, Chikni Chameli song and cinematography are strengths of the film.

Hrithik Roshan is confidence-personified and complements his counterpart Sanjay Dutt who seemingly looked more powerful as an actor in promos. Sanjay Dutt as Kancha was anticipated to give ‘A’ performance and he lives up to the hype. But the finest performance comes from Rishi Kapoor. Playing a loathsome flesh trader and drug dealer who takes Vijay under his wings, he delivers a bludgeoning homage to skin-crawling villainy. A glorious departure from his lover-boy image.

The action sequences by Abbas Ali Mogul convey rawness. Every blow that Hrithik Roshan so manfully receives on his chin makes you flinch. You wait for him to give back as good as he gets.

Thumbs Down: Music, editing, long duration are the weak points.

On the whole, this is not a film for the faint-hearted; this movie is truly homage to the masterwork. This Agneepath surely lure the people who love action packed drama.

(Agencies)

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