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My Take On Agneepath (Naveed)
Naveed_Dabangg2 | January 29, 2012, 10:04 PM | 21 comments | 1,118 views


BACKGROUND INFO
I was surprised that there were very few shows for the film that too on a Saturday. Considering this was a ‘big’ film and from Kjo banner I expected a bigger release over here vis a vis other biggies.

The film is a remake of a classic (this is the perception I have and I have NOT see the original) Now all are aware of the plot so let’s get into it.

The first half is faultless and I never felt it dragged and found it thoroughly gripping. It’s in the second half where it loses momentum and starts to lose steam. More than a film it’s a film which has truly some amazing scenes and moments that for me lifts the whole film and experience. Yes the film is dark and loud at times and unfortunately Priyanka is quite annoying in the film even when she dies.

Now I didn’t mind any of the violence or the gory content but I was seriously angered by Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) character in how he would sell underage girls. That for me was too much and if that was the intended purpose to despise the man then it worked.

I loved the intro of Kancha Cheena (and the build up to this monster by his father) his walk, mannerisms and then outburst was an insight into the demeanor of this beast. For any revenge film the villain needs to be as strong as the hero and in this case we have exactly that. I applaud Sanju for the makeover and doing something completely different to what he has done before. He definitely is a badass.

WHAT WORKED
1) Intro scene of Kancha
2) The death of Denanath Chauhan
3) Intro of Vijay Chauhan
4) Vijay Chauhan going back to Mandwa
5) Vijay Chauhan rescuing his sister and her finding out his identity
6) The climax (but it dragged a bit too much)

WHAT DIDN’T WORK
1) I don’t mind loud but this was loud for too long. It felt like every character was loud minus Rauf Lala
2) The length – could easily have been trimmed by 20 mins or so and the whole marriage track was not required. It was a joy killer in many ways.
3) Like I mentioned above the angle of selling underage girls didn’t stick with me and just made me very uneasy (and I have seen much worse in other films but don’t know what happened this time)

PERFORMANCES
1) Hrithik Roshan – I felt it was a very good performance. He portrayed hurt, anger everything through the eyes and one roots for him. When he recites the Agneepath poems it just elevates the performance many notches. One of his best undoubtedly.
2) Sanjay Dutt – loved the intro and his initial few scenes. The way he kills Deenanath Chahan is evil but at times he went a bit too loud and the laugh didn’t seem convincing. Not bad nonetheless. This is another feather in his very impressive filmography.
3) Rishi Kapoor – very good esp when he meets Kancha for the first time and then when he has a confrontation with HR. I can fully understand why many are referring to Rishi kapoor as the ‘outstanding’ performance in the film.
4) Priyanka Chopra – not much to do but dances well in Gun Gun Guna and looks much better than she did in her last few films.
5) Katina Kaif – HOT HOT and HOT

There are 2 things which really stayed with and still do I as I type this many hours later and that is the bond of HR with his sister. Now she was what 10 or so years younger than HR in the film and I have a sibling who is much younger than me and I have a special bond with him. That really worked for me and the song Abhi Mujhe Main Kahin was perfectly placed and really hit me and that alone made the film worth it.

The second aspect which was done remarkably well were the Agneepath peoms and my friend told me that they were in the original. Simply fantastic and for that alone I will very soon watch the original Agneepath just to check them out.

MUSIC
I’ll be honest that the music when released did not make much of an impression on me with the exception of Chinki Chameli but I loved the songs in the film. The music directors delivered with a solid soundtrack and the songs help the film move forward. Just hearing the legend Udit Naryan sing for a few secs in Gun Gun Guna was a treat and then Sonu Nigam owning the song Abhi Mujhe Main Kahin. A special mention to Dev Shree Ganesha which was done on a very large scale. I will definitely download the soundtrack.

AUDIENCE REACTION
For once this was not clear in any such way. The film I believe does NOT carry negative wom but it’s also not a WOW sort of film. The audience seemed to be like yeah seen the film now where shall we go eat (or was that me :P

I will make a prediction as I always do once I’ve seen a film and I’ll say that 105 is what the film will do.

RATINGw
A very good one time watch and just for some excellent moments is worth seeing. 4 out 5

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21 COMMENTS
  1. Naveed_EkThaTiger

    Hopefully watch the original Agneepath tonight.

  2. Naveed_EkThaTiger

    Oh yeah one more thing three trailers were shown with the film.

    1) Tere Naal Love Hogaya
    2) Ek Mai Aur Ek Tu
    3) Ek Dewana Tha

    All looked pretty bad and 1 and 3 won’t even hit double figures I think.

    It always happens that the latest trailers i.e Talaash and AV are not show on overseas prints and it’s quite annoying lol

  3. rogerfederer

    that is y i love ur reviews. Very frank. Nice review. And cover all imp. Things. Even in poll post 1 que. Is which member gives a best review and i gave ur name for don2 review . Thanx naveed bro.

  4. deadmanwalking

    Mindblowing review and totally honest and tell the exact situation for the film happy that the film live to the expectation and about the wom you nail it you cant even know what is happenening now haahaaa

  5. Naveed_EkThaTiger

    Thanks rogerfeder :) and I should be able to watch all the other biggies this year on preview show. Agneepath I coulnd’t make but thanks for the encouragement.

    rudresh – glad we agree :)

  6. Tango

    Thanks Naveed.

    I always appreciate your reviews.

    Could not check out the film even today due to the UP election tamasha and protests, but like Don 2, will surely check it during weekdays.

  7. Naveed_EkThaTiger

    @ deadmanwalking – yes it’s very difficult to gauge the WOM. Well I couldn’t anyway :P

    It will be more clearer in a few days time

  8. Naveed_EkThaTiger

    Thanks Tango as always :) you provide much credibility coz some call me biased and a hater :P

  9. amin786

    Naveed- mast review hain bhai :) way better than mine which i always think so u ended up giving it a 4.

  10. Tango

    Naveed, it is the fans who make one dislike their favorite, by going overboard.

    I for one enjoy an Akki, Sullu, SRK, Hrithik, Amir and now even a Devgan (did not like him much earlier) film in cinemas, even if 50 % of the ppl say the film is nice.

    As far as stars like Saif, Ranbir and Abhishek are concerned I see their films once I get over 75 % positive feedbacks, I mean to say they are not on my must watch stars list.

  11. Naveed_EkThaTiger

    @ Adnan – LOL bro

    @ Tango – agree on the first point

    I watch all big Bollywood films in cinemas unless there is a clash then I have to go for one :P

    The next big film is Housefull 2 so I will be catching it followed by Agent Viond etc etc

  12. aryan29

    I dont know how to say your review is bad or good :D or is it nice :P .All i can say i disagree with most of things in your review.

    And after such review 4stars out of 5 :o i can say this rating is overrated and not nice :P

  13. Alfa.one

    @Naveed – Wonderful. As always a very honest and frank review. This is not the first time but ALWAYS. Will catch up the movie this week. As @ Tango said very correctly that fans only make the neutral people to go against their fav. star by going overboard and bringing down other stars unnecessarily when the fact is, no star know who their fans are and r least bother about any individual !!. Lovely, bro Naveed !

  14. Kunal

    nice review… agree with the rating and the fact that sanjay was a bit loud at places!! loved hr in the movie!!

  15. Jasp the Wasp

    @Naveed

    Nice review.

    Talaash trailer was excellent; Agent Vinod trailer was just meh. I was really disappointed with the latter, but I’m still hoping something good as Sriram Raghavan is directing it.

  16. Naveed_EkThaTiger

    Thanks guys for appreciating especially alfa one who for some reason has such lofty words for me. Thanks anyway buddy :)

    @ aryan – LOL :P

    @ sanket – bollystreet is back and running again

    @ Jasp the wasp – agree on your take on both trailers. Hopefully AV will have better things to come before release.

  17. Naveed_EkThaTiger

    @ shan – I just read your review and it was wonderful. You have covered almost everything and agree on the climax where HR lifts Sanju and also gets stabbed half a dozen times. Both seemed OTT but oh well :)

    I forgot to mention the wonderful background music so thanks for reminding me shan but I completely disagree with Gun Gun Guna. For me best song in the film :)

    @ Ng – if you already haven’t plz give posting rights to shan.

  18. Alfa.one

    @Naveed – As u r frank and neutral in ur comments or reviews, I too am very frank in what I write. You deserve all appreciation from one and all !! pl. keep it up bro.

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