Now I’m not one to write mean things about Bollywood movies, I love them, but when I read people raving about a film which only deserves criticism if anything, I get a little pissed. If #Agneepath is trending, it should only trend due to the agony it must have caused several people who spent more than Rs.200 and three hours of their lives watching it. Damm.. I missed the Nadal- Federer match for this film. I like quite a few KJo movies and I love Hrithik, but this one.. this one’s an exception!
We all saw and loved the original; no one can and should even try to copy it, thankfully this one doesn’t either. I won’t totally spoil it with every little detail, just the parts that bothered me. So the new Agneepath starts off well, young, curly haired kid does alright to show both anger and emotion, very Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. The first half, in fact, is engaging where Vijay’s father is framed, humiliated and hanged in public by Kancha and Vijay and mother are forced to leave Mandwa and move to Mumbai. Enter Rishi Kapoor (Rauf Lala), the ‘abbajaan’ of Mumbai who hates Kancha and becomes Vijay’s godfather types.
We are still interested. Basically Vijay wants to rule Mumbai so he can get Mandwa from Kancha and avenge his father’s death. Ok, understood. So he gets Lala’s son killed, Lala gets a heart attack or whatever and boom.. Mumbai ka King kaun.. no..no..no.. not Bhiku Mhatre, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan!.. We are watching Agneepath not Satya.. Oh wait..or are we??
Hmmmm, come to think of it, this Vijay Dinanth Chauhan of Agneepath and Satya...#sameguy. Satya is Bhiku’s right hand man, Vijay is Lala’s. Satya is obsessed with his love interest, Vijay with Mandwa. Both Satya and Vijay stab one of the bad guys during Ganpati Visarjan! I am telling you, #sameguy!! Hmmm...Ram Gopal Varma will not be happy when he realises this... if ever he does!
But to be fair to RGV, Satya was brilliant, Agneepath.. well...this will help you make up your mind:
So the police cannot stop the public auctioning of a girl, incidentally Vijay’s sister, but obviously Vijay and his eunuch friends can.
Vijay‘s only motive in life is to get Mandwa and after he strikes a deal with Kancha for it, he kind of forgets about it. He comes back home, you know, chills a bit, re-unites with his family,gets a little married, the usual soap opera stuff. After all, what’s the rush, it’s a three hour longggg film!
In the end, Vijay obviously goes to Mandwa to kill Kancha, so obviously he has bombs and all to blow up the place, but obviously, he does not have a gun, not even a knife. I mean, why does he really need it anyway, Kancha ke liye toh uske haath hi kaafi hain!!
Imagine this: big man Kancha has stabbed Vijay four times and dragged him on rocks to take him to the same Bargad ka Ped where he hung his father and Vijay, miraculously still alive, suddenly gets up, in almost full power!! How you ask? Simple, the very symbolic Bargad ka Ped!! In true Ekta Kapoor style, a hat-trick of flashes of the tree and It’s all coming back to me (courtesy Celine Dion), Vijay lifts Kancha up and throws him down while all the villagers cheer him in the background. They are just an audience, they can’t help..itne paise mein itnahich milega ok!Now remember Kancha is much older than Vijay, so he has weak bones and all so he gets hurt and then minutes later is hanging from the same dam tree!!
Priyanka Chopra is also in the movie yes, I think this movie has done complete justice to her. This is the exact amount of screen time and dialogues she deserves to get in every film. Hrithik is well Hrithik, you have to love him, especially in the Ganpati Visarjan scene. Sanjay Dutt does a good evil laugh. Chikni Chameli is awesome! They somehow forgot about Om Puri towards the end and rightly so. Rishi Kapoor is evil and kind of lecherous, very well done!!
If only people tweeting about Agneepath would stop trying to turn Twitter into another Times of India, a Bollywood buff like me, would not have to resort to this.