Agneepath - External Reviews

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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 (?)

27 yays
7 nays
14 so-so

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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 Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Agneepath 2012 is stylish, well acted, moving in many places, with engrossingly old-fashioned, well executed, chilling action scenes and a hero who makes you weep with him. ... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...a firestorm that lasts too long... full review

Thumbs up by Prateeksha Khot, Apun Ka Choice ...As a director, Karan does pretty well for a first timer although there are times when you feel that maybe it got too much for him to handle.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Karan Malhotra’s AGNEEPATH is not at all a remake of Mukul S. Anand’s classic in a true manner. It takes too many liberties, makes too many deletions and adds too many insertions showing the over-confidence of its makers mentioned above.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Most Hindi films initiate with a bang, but run out of gas by the time they reach the finale, often getting deflated in between as well, but AGNEEPATH is vigorous from the very commencement to the absolute conclusion.... full review

Thumbs up by Pashmina Narang, BookmyShow ...Piyush Mishra’s dialogues are rhetorical, reeking of unresolved anger and still keeping characters miles away from over-the-top drama.... 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

So-So Daily Bhaskar ...Stupendous performances, fresh storyline despite a remake, Chikni Chameli song and cinematography are strengths of the film. Music, editing, long duration are the weak points.... full review

Thumbs up by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...Which is what makes this hero a character that isnt just a rough sketch, but well-conceived. ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...Agneepath is an extremely intense film and I who pride myself on the cynical curve of my mouth found myself almost crying in places... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...A Fitting Tribute To A Cult Classic... full review

So-So by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...a one-time watch film that has excessive violence, great performances and an end that will surely tire you out.... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...It's a bit long clocking 2hr:57min but is a true blue adaptation and should not be compared with the original.... full review

Thumbs up by Akansha Naval-Shetye , DNA ...The raw anger and the cold hatred that Amitabh held in his gaze, is replaced by pain and angst that doesn’t leave Hrithik’s eyes even once.... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Malhotra's Agneepath oscillates from dark (Mandwa is shot in hues of blue and grey) to colourful (Mumbai in all its splendour), overt melodrama to effective drama, and from hyperbole to, well, less hyperbole. ... 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

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...Rishi Kapoor walks away with every scene he is in, but to be honest, each blow he takes is hard to bear, because you can’t believe he can be lecherous and foul. Though you applaud the performance, you secretly hope he won’t be bad again.... 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 Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...As far as sound design is concerned, everything is loud, including the visuals. The recording is not too great, and some background noises becomes deafening.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'souza, Glamsham.com ...The climax more than makes up for the weak beginning. ... full review

Thumbs up by Somak Basu, Gomolo.in ...successful to keep justice to the Mukul Anand masterpiece... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...The debutant director (Karan Malhotra) is an equally unapologetic devotee of Bollywood's old-world scale and melodrama that few get right.... 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 down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...Piyush Mishra’s dialogues swings furiously from the terribly pedestrian to the most mis-fit philosophy.... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...great to see Om Puri back as the fine, upstanding police officer Gaitonde... 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

Thumbs up by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Business rating: 4 / 5 stars... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Roshan’s lead has no real surprises, but I prefer his brooding Vijay to Bachchan’s, which was an odd extrapolation of Marlon Brando’s Don Vito Corleone (The Godfather, 1972). ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Glad that Kapoor, always brilliant but underrated, is getting meaty roles he is so ha ppily biting into.... full review

Thumbs up Mixed Bag ...he screenplay and the editing, following the traditions of Bollywood, has reduced Kaali Gawde (Priyanka Chopra) to a beautiful piece of furniture, the only difference being that this one dances. Pity. ... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Rishi Kapoor embodies the four disparate dons of the original with confidence... full review

Thumbs up by Piyali Dasgupta, NDTV ...The next big win is the meshing of the past and the present. This is Karan Johar’s emotional tribute to his father, the producer of Bachchan’s Agneepath. So director Karan Malhotra retains some of the classic scenes.... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Much against some flaws, Agneepath deserves to be lauded for performances and should be encouraged for a very convincing remake to a cult classic.... full review

Thumbs down by Jaykumar Shah, Planet Bollywood ...The place where the movie matches the earlier one and in fact outdoes it is cinematography. ... full review

Thumbs down by Pankaj Kumar Sinha, Planet Bollywood ...The music is good for an action film... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...If it takes four decades for an actor to surprise us like this, so be it. As the tawdry mobster dealing in drugs and auctioning young flesh, Kapoor is uncharacteristically unkind, unapologetically filthy and, most important, so bloody convincing.... full review

So-So by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Hrithik Roshan, Rishi Kapoor (playing Kancha’s rival and Vijay’s mentor Rauf Lala) and Sanjay Dutt (who looks creepy enough to scare most people except when he’s speaking lines in Sanskrit) are all exceptional in the film. ... full review

So-So by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...Decently entertaining but too long!... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The original was bloody enough, and this one is several-folds that. So you have gruesome scenes of people being hung, slashed, smashed. The fight scenes are well-executed and will have action-lovers cheer. ... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Sanjay Dutt as the callous and ruthless baddie lives up to his look and does a brilliant job as Kancha Cheena.... full review

So-So by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu ...If you are game to float on the surface you might get your share of thrills and chills, else make do with Kancha's philosophy: You enter empty-handed, you shall exit empty-handed…. ... full review

Thumbs down by Pratim D Gupta, The Telegraph ...While Amitabh Bachchan appears 25 minutes into the original movie, Hrithik Roshan appears only after 45 minutes in the remake. The extra 20 minutes in the first act of the new film really test your patience. ... full review

Thumbs up by Avijit Ghosh, Times of India ...But Dutt's performance doesn't entirely help the movie's cause. On the contrary, it upsets Agneepath's symmetry. Compared to him, the more restrained and refined Hrithik, normally a competent performer, often appears pale. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, Times of India ...Piyush Mishra's dialogues are impressive with rhetoric punches every now and then. And even when the lines go unrefined for Rishi Kapoor's crude character, it leaves immense impact without crossing the familial domain.... full review

Thumbs down by The Thirdman, Upper Stall ...The technicalities deserve a mention for the cinematography and production design. The songs are not particularly memorable and neither are their picturisations.... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...A Bollywood remake is like a second child. It cannot avoid being compared to the first and invariably ends up inheriting the inferior traits of the original.... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...While Hrithik takes the film firmly on his shoulder, he is supported by the film’s main baddie, Sanjay Dutt as Kancha... full review