Here’s the spoiler – the original movie is not comparable to the remake. If you watch the remake with the image of the original movie, you will not be able to enjoy the new movie.
The basic story theme remains the same – an idealistic school teacher is killed by an anti-social element and his son grows up to avenge the death of his father.
Now that we have that out of the way, we don’t need to delve further in the story. The plot is still set in Mandwa, an island village near Mumbai, where a god-fearing school teacher, keen to educate the poverty-stricken villagers, faces the wrath of the bad-man, Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt).
What ensues is the brutal murder of the school-teacher by Kancha, as the teacher’s son, Vijay (Hrithik), hopelessly carries the burden of his father’s dead body.
The boy grows up to be Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, an underworld don with an unilateral motive – to seek revenge for his father’s death. Vijay pursues his life-defining objective with single-mindedness, despite his mother’s every effort to dissuade him.
However, the similarities between the two movies end here – at the plot. Debutant director Karan Malhotra has given the remake a completely new look. And thankfully so. It is inconceivable to expect the 1990 movie made by Yash Johar, which won superstar Amitabh Bachchan a national award, to be emulated. And Malhotra has tried no such thing, just like the approach adopted by Farhaan Akhtar while making the remake of the superstar’s legendary movie, Don.
Unfortunately though, if you go to this movie looking for Krishnan Iyer MA, the part that won Mithun Chakraborty a Filmfare Award, you will be disappointed. Malhotra’s Agneepath doesn’t have that character. Instead, it has Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor), a girl-trafficker.
Malhotra doesn’t give you a single frame in the movie that could give away his debutante naivety. Instead, he has crafted the characters well around the story, and built the plot, in some places, better than the original action movie.
While Hrithik has stole the limelight for most of the movie, Priyanka Chopra has painted the sex-worker’s daughter remarkably well. But if there’s one character that stays with you after you leave the movie hall, it is Sanjay Dutt’s Kancha.
The movie’s cinematography is a visual treat, as is the scintillating performance by Chikni Chameli, Katrina Kaif. The movie’s
As long as you leave the urge compare at home, you will not be disappointed.
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Rishi Kapoor, Om Puri
Director: Karan Malhotra