Agneepath - External Reviews
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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48 reviewers have given Agneepath an average rating of 3.5/5.0 (?)
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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Priyanka Chopra as the love interest, teaming with Hrithik Roshan since Krrish (in films that I've watched), unfortunately had only a bit role to play here that showcased her broad acting range, being the livewire through her song and dance numbers that in fact made Katrina Kaif's much talked about item number look a little bit pale in comparison.... full review
So-So by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...Though a few of these things don't find much relevance today including hero's mother delivering a baby on the road or a villain having a Hitler like dictatorship at a place so close to Mumbai, but its watchable since the director has also tweaked the original in many areas... full review
Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...And yet, because of its earnestness, clever use of dramatic exposition (yes, we like declamatory speech if deployed intelligently), grand production values and superb acting all around (Hrithik Roshan, take a bow; Rishi Kapoor, you're always the best), Agneepath is enjoyable despite its length.... full review
Thumbs up Free Press Journal ...In fact the main plot and the innumerable sub- plots woven around it are so decadent and unrealistic that you might well think that Karan Johar was either not keen to tell the decades old tale any differently, or maybe he just wanted to double his profit margin while keeping his expense on content creation to the absolute minimum.... full review
So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...However, the sometimes trite dialogues, and a few underdeveloped characters stick out like a sore thumb…take Om Puri playing upright cop Gaitonde, who pops up chiefly to deliver moral sermons to Vijay, or the frustratingly over-the-top Deven Bhojwani as Rauf Lala's mentally-challenged son... full review
Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...This one is more an adaptation than a faithful remake of the 1990 original. Which is a good thing, because with the new characters and plotpoints, and minus some of the old stuff, the 2012 'Agneepath' becomes its own film, which works precisely because it’s both a tribute and a stylish re-invention of the 70’s-spilling-into-the-80s retribution formula. ... full review