Starring – Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra
Director – Karan Malhotra
Producer – Karan Johar, Hiroo Johar
Banner – Dharma Productions
Music – Ajay-Atul
Genre – Action, Drama
Rating – *** ½
By Prerna Seth / Kreative Access Media
‘Maa, maine thik kiya na?’ – one line that protagonist Hrithik Roshan mouths in the climax completely sums up ‘Agneepath’ showcasing the path of crime taken up by a wretched son to eliminate evil that mercilessly killed his righteous father. Kaancha (Sanjay Dutt) frames a situation that leads the illiterate villagers kill Master Dinanath Chauhan (Chetan Pandit) in front of his 12 year old son Vijay (Arish Bhiwandiwala). Vijay comes to Mumbai with only one aim that he has to get back his village Mandwa. He grows up and builds a drug empire under Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor). Vijay’s (Hrithik Roshan) only aim is to get even with Kaancha and win back his village and his people and he takes the direction that his father had taught him, the path of fire, ‘Agneepath’.
Though, no actor can be compared to the legendary Amitabh Bachchan who played Vijay Dinanath Chauhan in Mukul Anand’s 1990’s cult classic, Hrithik makes a big impact, Karan Malhotra’s different characterization working totally to his advantage. His face and eyes clearly depict the required aggression and rage. What completely bowls over is Karan Malhotra’s direction; he kept it simple, added all the necessary masala, and made an entertaining film, keeping the thrill intact.
The first half knocks a powerful punch and wants you to eagerly wait for the second half. You are yet waiting for Vijay’s reunion with his sister and mother, his camaraderie with Kaali (Priyanka Chopra) and of course, Katrina’s ‘Chikni Chameli’. Talking about the performances, Rishi Kapoor totally steals the thunder with his impeccable versatility as an actor. He plays the unapologetic Rauf Lala with Panache. Sanjay Dutt looks his part and does make an impact. Little sequences that have Vijay meeting his sister, Kaali cheering him up, Kaali opening a Chinese beauty parlour manage to get a smile on your face amidst the tragedy that your heart goes out for. Zarina Wahab and Chetan Pandit were a perfect cast as Vijay’s parents. Child Star Arish is brilliant. Even when Hrihtik acts, you see a glimpse of Arish in his performance. What’s missing was Mithun Chakborthy’s Krishnan Iyer M A that made a really interesting character in the original.
Also, another USP of the film is its cinematography and DOP that makes Mandwa look absolutely appealing, more than the foreign luxury locations being used in films these days. Ajay- Atul’s music is decent, Chikni Chameli is definitely entertaining, but Katrina looks sweet instead of looking seductive. Though, she gives her 100 per cent to the song. Background score at times is loud but otherwise totally apt for the plot. The film brings back the revenge genre that has been missing since long and so it makes a refreshing watch.