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wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

An almost 3-hour long, slick chase sequence that gets exasperating by the end. The climax itself is first unintentionally hilarious and then infuriating. A suave hero you couldn't care for, a pretty damsel-in-distress who exists only to add stress to the hero's life and ours - this situation saved by a brilliant (albeit choppy) background score and a couple of uber-cool action sequences.



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"Sharaabi hai, laundibaaz hai.
Aur ek burai hai...
(He's an alcoholic, he's a womanizer, he suffers one more vice...)

And you want to answer "James Bond"! as the voiceover educates you about the protagonist.

But, I didn't remember any "Bond" feel while watching the first trailer of Agent Vinod. In fact, I was appropriately thrilled by how the trailer gave nothing away and yet piqued interest. Right from Kareena Kapoor's misshaped face in close up captured by a wide-angle, to the theme music.

The second trailer though which has the above mentioned voiceover, had a thick "Bond" edge to it and you marvel more at the above trailer for resisting, "Vinod, Agent Vinod" as one of Saif Ali Khan's names - whatever he might say to deny it, it was promptly contradicted in the same video.

Thankfully though, it looks like a good enough thriller. Even if it has the said feel, it doesn't come across as wannabe at all. Not to mention the "9 countries looking for him" part also gives it a heavy, very Indian, Don feel too!

Anyway, when we watch writer/director, Sriram Raghavan's work, we are looking for the mind-twisting and engaging content along with some class styling. The smart dialogue serves as the right start. And I am so glad it is sparse in the promos, that leaves more for the actual film.

The only hitch then is, the music. The way the songs are picturized (there is a lip-sync even!) tell you that Raghavan has departed from his own style. I had loved the way the songs were done in Johnny Gaddar. Here, the fusion of mujra, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan style music and bits of the Don theme sound really cool, but I am wary of how it'll impact the flow of the film. Similarly, I am hoping against hope that 'pungi' won't be a part of the movie itself. Imagine a suave Pierce Brosnan breaking into dance, even if it is only to distract the surveillance security!

Further anxiety builds as I see Saif-Kareena chemistry build or I here notes from 'ra ra rasputin' mixed with Serbian folk even if it is done really well and the setting is the most stunning combination of color and lights. I just don't want the story to suffer or me to be distracted from it for a minute in a Sriram Raghavan product. While I get my anxiousness in control, I just think I'll go have another whiff of Ek Hasina Thi...

Music Reviews:
Milliblog - A 200-worder from the otherwise 100-word review blog, including - "Pritam lets his wildly enjoyable music do the talking in Agent Vinod!"
Music Aloud - "7.5/10"
dunkdaft - "Most of the time he hits the right chords. And that too, inline with the movie. Agent Vinod is again such an example."
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Apun Ka Choice - "3.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
Happy Sing - " Agent Vinod is much more than what I'd expect from a thriller's soundtrack "