Our Rating: 4/10
Star cast: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Zarina Wahab, Om Puri
Director: Karan Malhotra
Producer: Karan Johar
Music: Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale
Release Date: January 26th, 2012
“ Naam Vijay Chauhan, baap ka naam Dinanath Chauhan, gaon Mandwa”, the famous dialogue has a resounding effect on our mind.
Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in the old super hit film, Agneepath in 1990. Remakes have now become a formulaic trend in the film industry. From Don to Players to Agneepath, all have been aped either from the West or old Hindi films.
Mukul Anand directed the old Agneepath; the lead role rendered by the legendary Amitabh Bachchan. And of course, an essential part of every remake is comparisons. Contemporary movies are compared with their previous counterparts to judge every aspect entailing the movie, from performances and music, to more intricate details like dialogue delivery and speech. The question is, do they work?
Every star promoting his movie, attempts to justify his remake and prove its novelty. This case was no different. But comparisons are inevitable. Every person has preconceived notions about a certain character. When they watch a movie, they judge accordingly, scrutinizing each and every aspect.
Filling Amitabh Bachchan’s shoes may not have been an easy benchmark for Hrithik Roshan. In spite of the pressure of living up to the name of the role, he has done a phenomenal job. Debut director, Karan Malhotra has done a momentous job, regardless of all the scrutiny and collation with a movie that has left an eternal mark on our memories.
Hrithik Roshan impersonated the iconic character of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, a rebellious boy, who is traumatized by his father’s death at a very youngage. His father was a principled school teacher in the small coastal town of Mandwa situated near Mumbai. He was ruthlessly ridiculed and murdered by an evil drug dealer, Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) for opposing his endeavours. Vijay moves to Mumbai with his pregnant mother (Zarina Wahab). He is hell-bent on avenging his father’s death and bringing his name back to glory. This is the story of revenge, murder, action and strong, powerful emotions. Priyanka Chopra plays his love interest in the movie. She has a small, 45-minute role in the film. Rishi Kapoor plays the role of Rauf Lala, a gang lord, under whom Vijay operates. He deceives, kills and plots to reach his ultimate goal, his hometown Mandwa, where his life takes a U-turn.
Like every Dharma movie promised, it is filled with power-packed A-listers of Bollywood. Hrithik’s performance has been inspiring. He has lived up to the name of the character. He has done away his accent and suave body language to fit the role of a Marathi boy, determined to achieve his goal.
Sanjay Dutt looked like the Bollywood version of Voldemort. Dressed in blacks, with a well-puffed body and a clean shaved bald head gave him the impeccable, intimidating villain image.
The villain of all times, Danny Dengzongpa played this role in the old version. Priyanka Chopra had a brief but impactful role. Rishi Kapoor played the role of the second villain. He gave a stunning performance as a Muslim drug dealer, not the sort of role the fun-loving, jolly Rishi Kapoor would conventionally play. The performances in general were stupendous, something to watch out for in the movie.
The music was average but suited the texture of the film, except the popular Chikni Chameli track. Katrina Kaif did a fabulous job by stepping out of her genre and grooving to authentic Maharashtrian dance movies, with her sensuous appeal and arresting expressions.
It is definitely a prospective chartbuster. The background score is also electrifying and adds to the mood of the movie. The cinematography did wonders for the film.
The movie is cruelly violent with some brilliant action by Sanjay Dutt and Hrithik Roshan. The outdoors were captured well and the ambiance was perfect. However, as the film came closer to an end, several cliché scenes came into play.
Hrithik’s immortality for a long time, even after being stabbed seems to be slightly ludicrous and hard to believe.
But overall the movie did live up to the eagerness and hype. The movie displayed a merger of a variety of cultures, predominantly Maharashtrian and Muslim. The performances along with backdrop were extremely authentic. The Ganesh festival, the ethnic saris, the dances, the Vedic and mythological references, all intensified the ethnicity of the film.
It is a story of vengeance and battle between the good and evil. Karan Malhotra sure has done justice to the masterpiece. For all you know, it may become the first blockbuster of this New Year. It promises brilliant cinematography, sets, artwork, choreography, direction, dialogues and most importantly, superb performances. So now we do have our answer, remakes do work after all, at least this one sure will.