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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

agony and kaput!

1/10
Author: saad_khi from Pakistan
5 February 2012

saw it with the hope it would be better than the copy of scarface (read previous Agneepath). but oh boy! what a drag! a run of the mill story replete with violence and the nagging thought like i am watching of those dime a dozen dubbed in Hindi south Indian movies with names reflecting the heroics or intentions of the protagonist. flawed from the start the story seems to oscillate between turn of the 20th century and wherever! considering the situations especially the flesh market, with Arab sheikhs i just couldn't figure out whether it is today's India or some place surreal or symbolic? Maandva in particular! Vijay or whatever Hrithik is no one has a covered past or where he is coming from. like Kaancha never bothered to find out about the hero's background as if he has returned from another continent! and a joke when Om Puri shows the hero's snap as a child, n on the other hand he is involved in charity work, n not a single picture of him as an adult!! is this 21st century cinema or a Prakash Mehra or Manmohan Desai fare with loopholes and fantastic drama? Sunjay's Kaancha is like Munnabhai having a nightmare about himself! and Rishi's Laala is akin to Akbar (of Amar Akbar Anthony) grown old and taking up pimping! in fact both try their best to be bad, or say scare the kids to go to sleep but appear superficial! Hrithik is like experiencing deja vu! revisiting Fiza. and for that matter instead of Priyanka (nothing note worthy) any small time actress could have done the role and maybe got a boost!

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

its an ordinary movie... not an Agneepath

4/10
Author: sureshisgreat from germany
29 January 2012

to start with... its not "MANLY"... they hype the movie on Agnipath (1990) ... but was lacking in content...

from screenplay to dialogues it was average... if you people don't know... watch original movie Agnipath to compare what a men should be... it is movie more driven because KJ values then Agneepath values...

In isolation... its a watchable movie... but only half.... u will feel sleepy for sure !

watch a movie which can make u sit and listen to characters...

this is not an Agneepath

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Disappointment written all over it !!!!!

4/10
Author: Movie Buff from United States
29 January 2012

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Went to see this movie with exceeding expectations. The disappointment seeped in within the first 30 minutes of the movie and stuck with me throughout. The following are my observations 1. A tribute to the cult, with not an iota of stature and character, in itself is a bold attempt that fell flat on its face. If the movie was given a different name along with different character name, yet maintaining the "Tribute" gimmick, the torture would still be palpable. This was "AGNEEPATH" without any AGNEE(FIRE) 2. The projection of "Vijay Dinanath Chauhan" was a let down for me. As a viewer neither could I feel the fire of vengeance nor did my heart weep for "Vijay". The larger than life character did not come across as the "messiah", except for once when the voice-over tells that he donates his earnings to the poor. 3. Amateurish direction at the dinner sequence at his mother's place. Too melodramatic. 4. No powerful dialogues. Original "Agneepath" was an epitome of characterization and dialog delivery that made "Vija Dinanath Chauhan" immortal. This "Vijay Dinanath Chauhan" was easily forgettable. Sanjay Dutt's repetition of Bhagwad Gita's verse was just too much. 5. Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala was amazing. The actor knows how to make a difference even when the scope of the role is limited. Hats off to him.Sanju Baba, amazing personality and could have done wonders, but was underutilized.

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

This film is nothing entertaining, a torture of human morality and trust!

3/10
Author: vikram-ry123 from India
29 January 2012

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Returned from the theater hall this afternoon with totally unsatisfied!

The remake version of 1990 Amitabh version, which was 10 times better. Only Dutta's bald-look in black dress and sandal is remarkable. The young boy played the role of Vijay Dinanath Chavan is very natural flow of acting, (better than the older version.)

Roshan looks very uncomfortable in acting the slam guy. I think the worst role he ever before played on the silver-screen. Women are acted ridiculous. I am surprised how a senior actor like Roshan completely be fooled accepting this role? Are the 80′s blockbusters are expected in this era? A ridiculous remake! 90% of the film has no connection with the central theme!

Why Vijay joined the virgin seller merchant Rauf Lala? (Watching an unsuccessful business deal with Kancha). Why he kills Lala's son? (To take Lala's shoes, to reach Kancha). There is no link with the central story! He can easily reach Kancha than this remake film plan. A story of an idiotic revenge is written and rewritten. Another "hip , sleazy, and ugly" Bollywood production. The film is unable to play with the emotions and sentiment too. Nothing entertaining, a torture of human morality and trust!

The mastermind only works on cinematography at first 15 minutes and at the end, a couple of minutes. Surprisingly the hell is never been like that in my imagination. In the Hindu religion the banyan tree is a symbol of faith and truthfulness and when an honest primary school teacher conspired and hanged, the tree died. It is little philosophical though I think there is no scientific acceptance.

I don't interested to write more words, already I wasted my money and time! Just can't stop expressing the truth because it will indulgent my mind until I don't write it down.

Thanks!

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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Horrible movie! Insult to the original movie

2/10
Author: subbuparam from United States
29 January 2012

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I happened to see Agneepath and I must say it is one of the most horrible movies in recent times with a lot of blood and gore and revenge with no class. You got to watch a movie to see a performance not masala and chikni chameli.. We must admit that some of these roles that Amitabh Bachchan has done simply cannot be matched. Agneepath, Sarkar, Hum, Black, Don..

If Karan Johar made this movie as a tribute, I must say he has no idea what a tribute means. As a director, When you rope in an actor you must use him for his strengths. Rishi Kapoor cannot play a villain, he is not meant for that role, Hrithik Roshan cannot play a revenge-seeking role.. Give him a role like Guzaarish and he will do fabulous, that's his class. yes he has muscle, does not mean that he can be an action hero. Sanjay Dutt looks menacing alright, but he also looks ugly. Give him a role like Ballu in Khalnayak and he will do a super job, but don't give him a role like this where he has to show his bald head and dirty tattoos. Danny Denzongpa was a class act in the original. I gave 2 stars to the movie because of Om Puri and Chetan Pandit. I think Priyanka Chopra was just wasted in the movie.

The reason an original is called an original is because it must stay Original.. Don't try to copy it and make a mockery of the original. Horrible movie!

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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

couldn't create the magic..overall, a bad remake

4/10
Author: Sanjay Vyas
27 January 2012

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If you see the original movie, within first 20 minutes, you can see such a strong portrayal of the characters like Master Manjunath playing young Amitabh, Rohini Hattangadi playing Amitabh's mom, even Alok Nath in a very short appearance, Vikram Gokhale as Gaitonde, Mithun...I mean, every actors is like totally sunk into their character..Amitabh bachchan with his dialog delivery, voice, expressions created a magic in this movie which is now considered as cult cinema. One thing Bollywood directors should stop trying is a bad remake. The original movie itself has reached such a status that it is nearly impossible to reach even close to that.

Contrast to the new movie: The characterization is really weak and incomplete too like Mithun's character is totally gone,Mother's character is sidelined, Ompuri as Gaitonde acts like Malik of Don2 ("I need to retire this year.." sounds familiar), probably he shot both movies around nearby dates..Vijay's girlfriend is not a nurse whom he meets when he is shot..Vijay's working as Rauf Lala's aid is also not clearly justified, and then getting shot while saving Lala's son is a bit odd sequence. Well, now u saved him so on his marriage day, going with him and getting him killed will be so obvious for others to guess whodunnit..i mean, they are gangsters since so many years. Why would Vijay become enemy of both Rauf and Kancha at the same time..and why would Rauf make such a silly mistake to get killed so easily by Vijay when he controls the whole Mumbai underworld..I mean, c'mon? Just because you want to add something "new" for remake doesn't mean that you make it so pathetic. Rest of the movie just follows the same pattern all through the end. The climax is so unrealistic and could have been done a bit better, it looks childish on Vijay's part and it is unbelievable on Kancha's part that he looses the already won fight..yet again, to Bollywood emotional drama..

What is good: Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor..both have done really amazing and surprising well in a negative role..Sanjay's dialogs are really heavy.

Overall, Hrithik is a fine actor but he needs to choose his projects in a better way. Priyanka is as usual, does her part well but doesn't get much scope. Zarina wahab as mother does just OK, not even come close to Rohini. The young Vijay Chauhan does well. My rating is 4/10 that too for Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor..they definitely steal the show. Rest is an average fare.

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11 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Emotional Torture...Irritating Don't waste your time and money

1/10
Author: akonar from United States
8 February 2012

Just like cliché idea of emotional Hindi movie...do not watch it. Unnecessary elaborate emotional scene ....unnecessary songs...typical stupid Karan Johar type.... How can people in IMDb vote it positive! It is a long irritating movie. The first half of the movie is fast going. Then the emotional torture part comes when Vijay with his family moves to Mumbai. Acting of Om Puri is good except the part that his age does not change in 15 years. I don't understand the role of Priyanka Chopra in the movie. The director could have used the essence of the old Agneepath movie and transform it in the modern day plot. My only suggestion is to not to watch it...not even for fun.

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11 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Agneepath wavers between a revenge drama and melodrama

Author: prakat44 from United States
26 January 2012

Lets be honest. Hrithik isn't better than Amitabh (Angry young man from Sholay, Zanjeer, Deewar and of course Agneepath) in terms of intense acting and the older Agneepath wasn't a commercial success either. In fact it's script had a lot of pot holes. So remaking Agneepath was a strange decision on the part of the makers.

Still, the newer version had a better screenplay which relied on three characters (Vijay, Rauf Lala and Kancha) to make sure this version matched with Amitabh's iconic role. However, the whole movie has a deja-vu feel in it. Even if you didn't watch the older version, after watching 15 mins of this movie it's not hard to guess how it would end.

But there in lies the shrewdness of the makers who brought Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala which took some burden away from Hrithik's melodrama. His role shines above Vijay's and one would almost forget Krishnan Iyer's (Mithun da) missing.

Kancha for some reason reads Geetha a lot but seems to interpret it in his own gruesome and horrifying way. Sanjay Dutt beefed up and looked menacing when he was quiet. But once he opened his mouth, his dialogues were weirdly funny which reduced his impact. This is an improvement over Danny's Kancha though!

I do not want to take the credit away from Hrithik, but all his role had to do through out the movie was to have a painful, tearful and wordless expression on his face. Where Amitabh's Vijay was predominantly wordy with wise one liners, Hrithik's eyes did the talking here mostly just like in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Kites and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.

Finally, though Karan Johar's idea to remake this movie as a tribute to the previous makers is commendable, he seems to have been confused to make it as a revenge drama or concentrate on the protagonist's family's melodrama. For a while in first half, it felt as if he was into RGV's zone where the protagonist grows up in under world, has no morality and outwits the unsuspecting don . But post interval and especially post Chikni Chameli Karan's melodrama was back. One might argue that Karan was just the producer. But still his impact was clearly visible throughout the movie.

A good watch for Hrithik fans and mediocre fare for rest of the crowd.

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12 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

Agneepath - Half Cooked, Half Baked and nothing great about it

1/10
Author: prasad2505 from India
31 January 2012

I wish I can rate this trash as 0 in a ten point scale. IMDb doesn't permit me to do so. When you do a remake, you should have better actors in first place. Except Rishi Kapoor no one else acts! Oh man Sanjay ! Whats wrong with Bollywood? When a guy has a new look and performs less than ordinary you guys call it performance of the year and what not. Media folks write since that means business to them. Why do I see user written reviews as all applauding this trash. Its a very very ordinary movie. I am sure why they wanted to remake this. You get publicity man. People will want to watch how they have done that old movie. You are done! 10 million in days.

Bollywood needs a lesson. Films like this, Raone, don2 etc etc shouldn't be seen in first place. supporting them is next. Grow up kids!

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12 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

Agony Path

1/10
Author: tejasmankodi from United Arab Emirates
30 January 2012

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OVERLONG AND UNNECESSARILY VIOLENT, AGNEEPATH 2012 IS NOT A PATCH ON AGNEEPATH 1990

When the original Agneepath released in 1990, it was a box-office disaster. In the next couple of decades that have followed, the film, its hero, its villain, its dialogs have all achieved a cult status. Logical explanation? Mukul Anand's epic was ahead of its times. By the time you read this, the new Agneepath is likely to have opened huge at the box office and be on its way to becoming an all-time blockbuster. If you have watched the film or plan to catch it soon, chances are you won't remember its hero, its villain or any of its dialogs after a couple of weeks. Logical explanation? Karan Malhotra's remake is just the latest cash-in offering from Bollywood's assembly line production of action films. Let's keep it simple for you. If you are a fan of the old Agneepath or even remotely like it, you will find it hard trudging through these freshly-laid fire lines. And even if you haven't seen the original or don't care much for that one, you are likely to find the new Agneepath overlong, largely lackluster and unnecessarily violent. Blame it on the casting choice or just call it a calculated box-office call, the Karans — producer Johar and director Malhotra — completely change the pitch of the hero and hence the film. If in the original, Vijay would come running to take the bullet on his chest, the Vijay here would stage a bullet hit to win the confidence of his boss. Yes, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is a scheming, silent sidekick to loud gang lords for a large part of Agneepath and only spells out his poora naam half an hour before closing credits. And it's a three-hour film, with no chance of a sequel! Why compare, you ask? Because if you want to cash in on the brand, you have to weather the thorns of comparison. It's not that Malhotra's Agneepath is a Farhan Akhtarised reimagination or a Guy Ritchiesque retelling. Not only is the period shown the same — the events in the new Agneepath take place in 1992 — the remake doesn't want to let go of the core emotions of the original — revenge for the killed father, clash of ideologies with the mother, selfless love and care for the sister. And, of course, resuscitate and recite those magic lines from Harivansh Rai Bachchan… No, of course, you don't hear the words in that booming baritone with a Corleone husk garnish. But you also don't hear the rage. Or ever see the flamboyance. Appearing real and rooted, Hrithik Roshan chooses to play Vijay Chauhan with pain and pathos, almost leaning towards self-pity. With "good son" Krishnan Iyer (the inimitable Mithunda!) not around, Viju cannot possibly play his mother's egoistic "bura beta".

So before he finally switches to gladiator mode and pounds and pulverises anyone who comes between him and his retribution, Vijay is just a regular guy — perhaps the need of the times we are living in — seen playing with balloons and air bubbles on the beach. No, definitely not the guy who emerged from the waters in a white suit looking, for AB fans, hotter than Bo Derek! The bad guy, though, has become larger. In size that is. Styled on Marlon Brando's Col. Kurtz from Apocalypse Now — there's even a rehash of the scene when Martin Sheen approaches his island (here Vijay returns to Mandwa) — Sanjay Dutt's Kancha Cheena is scary yes, but a caricature too. Once the initial sparks die down, it's just big eyes and khalnayak cackle in loop mode. Making the most lasting impression is the character introduced in the remake — Rauf Lala. As Kancha's arch-rival and Vijay's Abbajaan, Rishi Kapoor is a knockout. His fight with Hrithik is the big moment of the film and packs more punch than the painstakingly built-up final showdown between Vijay and Kancha. What does one say about Priyanka Chopra? In terms of screen duration, her name should appear sixth or seventh in the credits. She rings in the songs which are as redundant as her. The same, of course, cannot be said about either Katrina Kaif or her Chikni Chameli, which completely SHAKES things up in the dead-slow second half. Also helming the background music, composer duo Ajay-Atul blanket the entire film with such a loud and deafening score that together with all that violent and bloody action, you are really exhausted by the end of it all. The images, although captured well (by Kiran Deohans and Ravi Chandran), attack with so much red and orange, the eyes hurt too. KJo says that the box-office failure of the original Agneepath hurt his father Yash Johar so much, that they always wanted to remake it. Well, the coffers at Dharma Productions are surely overflowing this time, but this is anything but a "homage to Mukul Anand". If Kader Khan, the dialogue writer of Agneepath 1990, watches Agneepath 2012, he surely would sign off

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