Agneepath is a 2012 Indian action drama film produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions. It is a retelling of the 1990 film of the same name and was directed by Johar's former assistant Karan Malhotra. The screenplay was written by Malhotra along with Ila Dutta Bedi. Johar pays tribute to his father, Yash Johar, the producer of the original, through the film. The music of the film was composed by Ajay-Atul, with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Though publicized as a remake, the film borrows only the basic plot of the original, while making the characters and incidents completely different. The title of the film was taken from a poem of the same name by Harivansh Rai Bachchan which forms a thematic link through the film, both literally and metaphorically. Wikipedia
It is in the end, an old-fashioned revenge drama treated in that melodramatic, over-the-top style. You're not likely to be bored by the intense action and the solid performances, but prepare to be exhausted by just how long this film plays on.
Most importantly, at the end, there's enough of a payoff. 'Agneepath' is old style revenge drama which does well on the whole, despite its plot holes and a slackened second half, with executing genre conventions. Old fashioned popcorn with 'namak' and 'mirch', not caramel, nor any other au courant variation: you like, your film.
An earnest Vijay Dinanath Chauhan delivers poetic justice before a nearly packed hall on the proverbial 'first day first show'. Audiences at my cinema respond to the cues and lines. The comments passed sometimes distract you from the screen. Everyone guffaws at the same time. This is the kind of genuine theatre experience, now getting rare, which remains most precious in the life of a film-goer. Reason can take over later. I had a ball! - See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Reviews/Mayank-Shekhar-s-review-Agneepath/Article1-802542.aspx#sthash.kXRpmg6s.dpuf
...less of a remake, more of a tribute. They should have just called it Dharmapath.
Watch this film because this one is unadulterated Bollywood entertainment. I’ll go with three stars and add half a star for the sheer excitement palpable in those who I watched the film with, first show this morning. Near packed attendance, hearty applause and complete silence in parts. What a bright start, it can only grow from here.
With Bollywood being obsessed with remakes in recent times, Agneepath is an important lesson on how to pay proper tribute to the original. Despite the original being his home production, Karan Johar attempts playing with fire (treading uncharted territory) with Agneepath and emerges victorious. Agneepath has the fire for a lustrous entertainer!
Innovatively lensed, partly in Diu, Agneepath is a visual delight. But there's no greater feast for the eyes than Katrina Kaif, who shakes and trembles in delirious delight to the aptly-named track, Chikni Chameli. It's a paisa vasool performance guaranteed to make millions of men happy, and not just in small-town single screen theatres.
Devoid of fluff, the hyperbole toned down, and shorter, Agneepath would have been a far superior film. In its present form, it packs in enough punch to warrant a viewing. How much you enjoy it, though, will be directly proportionate to how much melodrama you can withstand. Old school Hindi film lovers, however, are in for a treat.
Agneepath is a surefire hit. Watch it for so many reasons but be prepared for gore and violence… plenty of it!
... is a fitting tribute to the masterwork. The movie has all the potential to scale dizzy heights of victory and catapult Hrithik Roshan as the newest member of the 100 cr Club, besides providing the Hindi film industry with the first giant Blockbuster of 2012. A definite winner!
Although it will not have a recall value like the old AGNEEPATH, this surely is a 'must one-time-watch'.
Audience Reviews for Agneepath
Making significant out of the insignificant...
'Agneepath' is easily one of the best Hindi films of the year. Of course, it is the remake of a mindless, masala crowd-pleaser delivered by Amitabh Bachchan at the top years of his career, but the film builds on the original's flaws and ultimately stands by its legs as an original. A full-bodied original at that, with mainstream qualities to also appease the audiences.
Agneepath starring Priyanka Chopra and Hrithik Roshan was one film which I enjoyed this year. It didn't have just that raw romance, it had all things to put in the drama genre except anything unnecessary. It was true in red Bollywood which recreated an Amitabh Bachchan film in a better way. The film is made solid with nice performances. I am going with 3 out of 5 and I recommend that you watch it. Expect fun, fun and- contemporary observation.
one of the worst i have never seen from hrithik
"Impressive tribute to the original!!!"
One of the hardest jobs for a director is undoubtedly doing the remake of an iconic film as comparisons are inevitable. Though he would have the benefit of an excellent script, at times he would have to alter it subtly keeping in mind the present day sensibilities as in "Don" & also package it in such a way so as to attract the attention of the audience all over again. This weekend saw the release of the remake of the iconic "Agneepath", which won Big B the National Award. So can debutant director Karan Malhotra come up with a credible remake???
As I mentioned earlier, except for subtle changes the thread of the film remains the same. So the film unfolds in 1977 in the island village of Mandwa, where the school teacher Dinanath Chauhan (Chetan Pandit) is held in high esteem much to the dismay of the Sarpanch. At this point, Sarpanch's son Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) sets foot on Mandwa with plans of setting up a narcotics factory & promises the villagers wealth and comfort in exchange for their lands on lease. Realising Kancha's sinister plans, Dinanath Chauhan strongly dissuades the villagers from falling into the trap. This entices Kancha to frame Dinanath for the death of a girl, which eventually leads to the school teacher being hanged in public. Dinanath's family is forced to flee from Mandwa & make Mumbai their home. In due time, Dinanath's son Vijay (Hrithik Roshan) becomes the trusted lieutenant of the drug lord & pimp Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor). But the sole aim of Vijay was to avenge his father's death & how he goes about it forms the crux of the film.
Karan Johar had taken a huge risk when he decided to remake his father, Yash Johar's "Agneepath" owing to the sheer magnitude of the performances in the original Anywaz his faith in debutant director, Karan Malhotra paid off big time as he has been able to come up with an impressive product. Karan Malhotra along with Illa Dutta has done away with some of the characters like Mithun Chakraborthy's Krishnan Iyer MA & included some new ones like Rishi Kapoor's Rauf Lala. The film is engrossing throughout with twists thrown in at times culminating in a riveting climax. But the flaw lies in the fact that its a touch too long & should have mellowed down the romantic track. Sabu Cyril has done a fantastic job as always in the art department rendering a sinister feel to Mandwa.
In the performance department, Sanjay Dutt was brilliant as the devilish Kancha as his looks, bulky torso & sinister laugh sends a chill down the spine like Lord Voldermort of Harry Potter series. Hrithik Roshan was impressive as ever & essayed the role in his own style rather than aping Big B. He hooks our attention with his manipulative ways yet expressing his pain & anguish convincingly.But the guy who is going to blow off the audience is Rishi Kapoor in a fantastic negative role that will leave you stunned. The female cast of Priyanka Chopra & Zarina Wahab were apt. Ajay Atul's music was fine with Chikni Chameli setting the charts on fire. The visuals by Kiran Deohans were stunning which was complimented by equally proficient editing by Akiv Ali.
Verdict: The hype & impressive promos will guarantee it a bumper opening. There is no doubt that the brilliant performances coupled with a decent script of revenge will ensure that word of mouth will go in its favour. In short, I believe it has all the makings of a blockbuster. So dont miss it!!!
The Dark Rises
Karan Johar picks the cult Agneepath produced by his father 22 years back and Karan Malhotra like a expert craftsman gives it a new shape and shine. The uncomplicated revenge drama unfolds on screen like a massive mission. The direction is top-notch and cinematogarphy is world class. Like the old Agneepath which made Amitabh win a national award, this time you see Sanjay Dutt turning evil into an icon like Gabbar Singh, Shaakaal or Moogembo. Hrithik gives Vijay a new identity and excels in emotional scenes. Priyanka Chopra makes good use of her short and sweet role. But it is Rishi Kapoor that takes you by surprise by essaying a role of foul mouthed pimp in a manner that will be remembered for a long time. The comparisions with old classic are inevitable but seeing this raw energy on screen in this modern era is a rare experience. Although movie suffers a bit by long drawn emotional scenes in second half but performances keep you going with the drama. Music and background scrore help the narrative moving and keep the intensity high.
Overall, this is a mass entertainer that doesn't sacrifice story telling for the sake of stylish entertainment. It shall be remembered for bringing performers of three different decades.