ఫిబ్రవరి 16, 2012

Agneepath- Film review

Posted in Film Reviews at 4:50 సా. by వసుంధర

Harivansh Rai Shrivastav alias Bachchan (27 November 1907 – 18 January 2003), was a noted Indian poet of Chhayavaad literary movement (romantic upsurge) of early 20th century Hindi literature. He was also a famous poet of the Hindi Kavi Sammelan. He is best known for his early work Madhushala. He is also the father of Bollywood megastar, Amitabh Bachchan.

Amitabh recited many of his father’s poems and Agneepath was one among them. The poem inspired producer Yash Johar to produce a film with the same name in 1990. Directed by Mukul Anand, the movie was heroed by Amitab Bachchan. However, the film zeroed as a classic; it was just another masala movie of Amitabh. Even the name of the hero was usual Vijay. As a boy, Vijay was a witness to the plot to disgrace his father, which led to his brutal killing. Revenge became Vijay’s only goal for which he chose the path of violence through mafia. Danny Denzongpa played the villain Kancha Cheena to flourish all through and then perish in the end. Most of the scenes were neither logical nor convincing. Quite a few actors did well. Amitab did a good job but looked older for the character. As a habit he lived in the character, but he had much better looks and performances earlier and later, to back his career.  If he had won the national award as the best actor for this role, things other than merit might have played a role. Similarly, Mithun too played one of the most meaningless and unconvincing characters in a supporting role and bagged the Film Fare award in that category that year. With the hero’s death the film was a tragedy. And more tragedies were there to follow. Director Mukul Anand was at his worst in presenting the film. And the audience once gave their judgment rightly. The film was a flop.

Indian film industry is notorious for its lack of originality. The names Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood etc bear testimony to this. The Indian film makers offer a front seat to money and no seat to creativity.  They keep on looking for used stuff, even if it is rotten. Yash’s son Karan belongs to a trend-setting new generation occasionally, and a genuine follower of the bollywood tradition quite often. Hence the choice of Agneepath to remake.  The film is released on January 26, 2012.

Karan Johar has given the responsibility to another Karan (Malhotra) to remake the film. The Director tried his best to make the film much more convincing than the original. The idea of dropping Mithun’s character and creating a new character to accommodate Rishi Kapoor is good. Hritik Roshan is roped in as hero but seemed as if playing a good-looking guest role. He did not live in the character, probably knowing well that it is not worth living in. The villain Kancha Cheena is admirably glamorized by Sanjay Dutt; he could induce real fear into the minds of viewers. Rishi Kapoor is impressive. Priyanka Chopra is at ease in the heroin’s robes and impressed as a versatile artist. Om Puri is wasted. Free-flowing Katrina Kaif’s item song Chikni Chameli is indeed a treat.  They may be termed saving grace. To sum up, this film belongs to Sanjay Dutt, Katrina and Priyanka to some extent. And the audience gave their judgment mightily. The film is a big hit.

It is grave injustice to the poet if his famous poem is misconceived. More so if the poet’s son himself is involved in the act. To add salt to injury, the film is remade with the same title. The title is justified only if it is not associated with the famous poet. This film has no proper message. It may, however, present one harsh reality of the present times: A leader may talk of the down-trodden to become popular. But he should concentrate only on his personal agenda and goal.   

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  1. Shri said,

    Seeing the Film itself is walking on ‘AgniPath’

    These films are desensitizing youth and kids to endless gore and violence.The extent to which business makers(of films) are going is obvious in scenes selling ‘girl children’ in open markets,describing(sic) the hapless child’s physical merits to prospective ‘buyers’. All in the name of films..scenes in the film revolted my sensibilities to a great extent.I was embarrassed seeing the movie with my young daughters who did not ‘find’ any abnormality in the scenes…leaving me to wonder if there is something wrong in my perceptions..


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