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Remade ‘Agneepath’ is good as original!

Seldom does a hit film get remade to become equally good. Producer Karan Johar and director Karan Malhotra of the much-awaited ‘Agneepath’ deserve kudos for an excellent job. ‘Agneepath’, a remake of the 1990 Hindi film of the same title, is as good as its original. A kind of revenge drama, the story is that of an angry man Vijay Dinanath Chauhan played by Hrithik Roshan living in a small village called Mandwa. He leaves for Mumbai at the little age of 12 after his father (Chetan Pandit) is hanged by Kancha Cheena played by Sanjay Dutt. Vijay wants to avenge his father’s murder and joins the gang of Rauf Lala played by Rishi Kapoor. Vijay’s father was a man of principles and had taught his son to follow the path of fire (symbolic of ultimate truth).

 That’s why the title ‘Agneepath’ (path of fire). Vijay’s mother, played by Zarina Wahab, was pregnant when Vijay had to leave village. Vijay’s mission was to take revenge from Kancha and return to Mandwa to bring back the glory of his illustrious father. Vijay leaves no stone unturned and fully prepares to take revenge upon Kancha. His friend Kaali, played by Priyanka Chopra, completely supports him. Vijay returns to his village after 15 years. Truly speaking, the star cast is the soul of the movie. Hrithik Roshan plays Vijay Dinanath Chauhan’s character excellently. It is noteworthy that Hrithik has not at all copied Amitabh Bachchan who played the role in the original. It wouldn’t be out of place to say that Hrithik matches Amitabh’s caliber closely at least in playing this coveted role. Similarly, Sanjay Dutt delivers a superb performance as Kancha Cheena, originally played by none other than the fiery yesteryears villain Dany in the original film.
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After watching the special screening of the movie, Sanjay’s wife Manyata rightly said that her husband looks and acts as the dreadful Kancha Cheena. She does in the same breath, however, add that Sanjay is lovable in real life. Priyanka Chopra proves she has matured as a character actor. She delivers an excellent performance despite the limited role. The director’s effort to bring in romance between Priyanka and Hrithik shows but is lost. Rishi Kapoor proves that he can perform as a ganglord as well as a romantic actor. Arish Bhiwandiwala does well as a young Vijay. Zarina Wahab in mother’s role is good. Om Puri, Kanika Tiwari, Chetan Pandit, Rajesh Tandon and Deven Bhojani all lend complete support to the lead actors. Abbas Ali Moghul as action director is excellent as he handles fighting sequences very well.

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All departments in filmmaking have done very well. The music by Ajay-Atul is good, especially their Deva Shree Ganesha and Chikni Chameli. The cinematography by Ravi K Chandran’s is appealing. Piyush Mishra’s dialogues are superb. Director Karan Malhotra needs to be credited with making the remake of look quite fresh. He didn’t change the original story much. But, he has removed Krishnan Iyer’s character played by Mithun Chakraborty in the original. Presumably, he did this to make the story explosive! He has added the dark character of Rauf Lala played by Rishi Kapoor. Katrina Kaif’s item number chickni chameli adds another dimension to the movie by making it a big entertainer.

As a whole, ‘Agneepath’ is superb as it comes close to the original.

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