Agneepath - Notepad

wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?)
quick review:

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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Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) shames and murders Vijay Dinanath Chauhan's (Hrithik Roshan) dad in full public eye. Vijay wants revenge.

What Worked

  • The way the most popular line from 1990-Agneepath is used and more importantly not over-used. "Vijay Chauhan. Poora naam Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. Gaanv Maandva"
  • Picturisation of the qawaali
  • Choreography of all songs. In fact, Chikni Chameli was the last in terms of choreography.
  • Whistles from the audience for Sanjay Dutt. How I wish he'd done a better job at acting.
  • That Master Dinanath Chauhan's suicide was converted to murder from the original Agneepath to this one. Because the fighter in him, wouldn't have committed suicide most likely.
  • Adult Vijay's character set-up. The dahi-handi pyramid scene where the entire neighbourhood is cheering for him, while the audience is cheering Hrithik Roshan.
  • The crowd cheering for Sachin Khedekar and calling out 'gotya' (his character's name from Singham! Hilarious!!
  • "The everyone is dispensable" reality of the underworld world.
  • The manner in which Viju proposes marriage.
  • The ruthlessness with which the protagonist gets beaten up!

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Priyanka Chopra's pout.
  • Kancha's philosophy. Wasn't taken any further. Had potential.
  • How can the police not have Vijay's photo?!
  • Kancha's language. Very inconsistent.
  • Why was Viju given a Bal Thackeray look?