Enough has been said and discussed about Dharma Productions’ retake on the 1990 classic. So I am not going to contribute anything new from a movie review point of view. However I thought there was still some merit in a reasonably objective perspective on ‘Agneepath 2011′, coming from someone who has seen bits and pieces of the original but not seen and soaked in totality multiple times.
The bad news:
Where is the Agnee?
By totally keeping out the Bachchan paradigm out you clearly downgrade the expectations from an iconic film to an also ran 80s style masala flick in the ‘Bodyguard, Singham, Ready, Wanted’ assembly line. Case in point, no kickass Gaitonde scene, no unique voice modulation, lame Vijay-Kancha confrontation scene and so on.
Why so long?
In my humble opinion, any masala movie beyond 2.15 hrs has some serious explaining to do. In this case the senti scenes in 2nd half and long drawn out Mandwa scenes (including the Bargar ki Saugandh) comfortably tip the movie over how long it should be.
Kaali is short for Kaali Daag?
We have seen this Basanti school of acting so many times and over so long that this one truly grates on your nerves. You sometimes feel if Shilpa Shetty in Rishtey was better(thats a serious low).I was atleast hoping for that hot rain number they show in the trailers, but even that was not there.
Hrithik cant cry…
Duggu has 3 distinct expressions in the movie. ‘The silent anger’, which I think he does well, ‘The angry roar’, which works partly because of his physique and ‘The cry baby’ which I swear to god is pure constipation at play.He tries so hard to cry but the harder he does the more awkward it looks.
The Bargar ka pedh…
Lets not even get started on this. Its fine, if you want to stake a claim for the most clichéd set piece in Indian film history, but you better keep it crisp and not drag on endlessly with current, flashback and imagination shots.
The Good news:
It is still Agneepath man…
Though they might have done a shitty job with the remake, the inherent masalapan of the original script still does not desert them. The only original contributions from the makers being the addition of Rauf Lala and removal of Krishnan Iyer. This overall arrangement works pretty fine for me as I am not a big fan of clichéd tamil caricatures in Bollywood.
The veterans at work
As we all know by now Chintu and Baba save the day in a big way. Especially Chintu who gets his best role in ages(pl dont tell me Lov Aaj Kal) has some super scenes like his intro and exit pieces which are trul clap worthy. Sanju Baba looks menacing throughout but suffers from a good deal of ordinarily written scenes.
Camera is efficient, music barring Chikni(though rehashed) may not be outstanding but is surely melodious. Dongri though not too realistic is still way better than Chandni Chowk in K3G
I never expected a Bachchan out of Hrithik or a Mukul Anand out of a Karan Malhotra, walking into this movie. Keeping that in mind I would give it a 2.25/5. Rename it ‘Bargar ka Saugandh’, cut the length by 15 mts, throw in a Nagmaesque dance and kid yourself that you are in 1985, then I will probably stretch the score upto a 3.