Agneepath - Preview
And this is how you make a remake! Weed out the unnecessary elements, fill in the blanks, and be ready for the brickbats from those for whom the original is now "cult". For those like me, who are not a part of that sect, it was a pleasure to see the 90s style of narration blend beautifully with contemporary aesthetics and sensibilities to form a pakka entertainer. So, steer clear if you don't like that kind of masala in your films. But, make sure you go for it, if intense drama mixed with song and dance entertains you. And while at it do lend a special applause to makers for resisting the urge to use exotic locales and most importantly, slapstick/lame comedy!
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I'd assume that someone wants to remake a film that they produced twenty years ago, because they see scope to improve it. Or at the very least, make it a different experience. So, you have Sanjay Dutt replace Danny Denzongpa - just his "look" is enough to make me believe that this is for the better. He instills disgust from the trailer itself.
Priyanka Chopra taking over Madhavi's role and Katrina Kaif doing the do instead of Archana Puran Singh are all steps in the right direction. But, but, but... Hrithik Roshan for Amitabh Bachchan...that's stretching it a bit, ain't it?
The only thing I liked about the 1990, Agneepath was Vijay Dinanath Chauhan's character. Yep! Good riddance if Shiksha (Neelam) and Krishnan Iyer MA (Mithun Chakravorty) are out, I say. As two-dimensional as Vijay was, the traumatized childhood leading to low self-esteem issues coupled with a constant need of approval - from his own mother to a child he doesn't know - was what Agneepath was about. Revenge was secondary. If anything, it was just a means which brought Vijay's end.
Other than that, there were a thousand unintentionally amusing moments. And that's why I hope that the producers are aiming to improve on it. Reducing the run-time would be one huge one for sure. The lyrics of the songs are most certainly are better than, 'I yam Krishnan Iyer Yem Ye, I yam nariyal-paani wala' and 'Ali Baba mil gaya chaalis chor se' is certainly not a testimony to Laxmikant-Pyarelal's capabilities.
For some reason, 'Chikni Chameli' which looks like the obvious replacement of 'Ali Baba', reminds me of Madhuri Dixit in Sailab and the open-and-shut case about how sexiness is oozed out of a 'koli' dance number.
That still doesn't mean I didn't like 'Chikni Chameli', I think all of Agneepath's songs have a refreshing amount of energy. And it's not energy for the sake of energy, you actually feel like tapping your feet to the melodious numbers and dancing to the faster-paced ones.
All these superficial changes aside, while watching the original Agneepath yesterday (Revision, you see!) I was hoping that the secondary line of villains had more edge to their characters in the remake. And, lo and behold, I see Rishi Kapoor and the shock when I saw him being beaten up by Hrithik Roshan (at minute 2:37 in the trailer above). How can someone so lovable deserve that? Yep, that means, I'm looking forward to Agneepath, except for the Hrithik-turns-Amitabh bit, of course.
Good to know the music has been received well -
Milliblog - "Agneepath is what one could ideally call as the Hindi debut of Marathi composing duo Ajay-Atul; outstanding debut, this!"
Music Aloud - "8.5/10"
dunkdaft - "somehow, after few repeats, I am pretty much into this Ajay-Atul composed album."
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Happy Sing - "something that can be bought on the day it gets launched."
koimoi - "3/5"