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Agneepath was movie which
was released in 1990 it was produced Yash Johar. This Mukul Anand directed
movie immortalised the character of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan played by Amitabh
Bachhan, the protagonist. It also gave hindi cinema a never to be forgotten
dialogue “Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, poora naam, baap ka naam Deenanath Chauhan,
gaon Mandwa.” The story is that of a young boy who grows into an angry young
man fuelled by thirst for revenge to avenge the brutal killing of his father,
Deenanath (a school teacher) a righteous man.
Year 2012, Agneepath is
remade, produced by Karan Johar under the same Dharma Production banner which
made the original. This movie is directed by Karan Malhotra. It has Hrithik Roshan playing the protagonist, Vijay Chauhan. The significant
difference between the two movies is, this time around the movie immortalises
the character of Kancha Cheena, the villain, played by Sanjay Dutt and his
dialogue “Tum kya leke aaye the, tum kya leke jaoge. Rahe jayega toh sirf ek he
insaan, Sarva shakti Sali sarva shaktimaan”.
The story of the two movies
is almost the same at least the central theme. The story line tags along the
same script as the original except a few characters being added and dropped.
Like Krishnan Iyer M.A. played by Mithun Chakraborty has been dropped. A new
character of a don called Rauf Lala played by Rishi Kapoor has been introduced.
I need to add that Rishi Kapoor has acted extremely well in the negative role.
Also noticeable is the changes to the heroines entry in the script. In the
original Madhavi who played Mary Mathew was a nurse and meets the hero in the
hospital where he is admitted and in the remake its Kaali Gawde played Priyanka
Chopra who happens to be a childhood friend of Vijay and they grow up together
in Dongri, Mumbai.
Let’s leave the similarities
and differences apart. Essentially when
you watch the movie, Agneepath (2012) you can’t miss but notice how much cinema
as an art has changed in the last 22 years. One of the key aspects is the
cinematography which has evolved with new and improved technology. In some of
the sequences the surroundings are superbly captured by the camera. The beauty
of Diu has been beautifully captured by the camera where the movie was shot,
few parts where shot in Mumbai’s film city.
What is also noticeable is
how Item songs have become almost a necessity. They are supposed to add glamour
quotient to an already glamorous movie. And mind it we no longer have likes of
Helen, Silk Smitha who used gyrate their booty and add the spice off their Jhatkas
and thumkas. These days leading actresses have stepped into their shoes and
these are called special appearances. Like Chikni Chameli A.K.A Katrina Kaif in
All said and done, I simply
can’t get away without appreciating the work of Sanjay Dutt A.K.A Sanju Baba in
the new Agneepath. He has done a fantastic job and no words minced he was
simply outstanding in the role of Kancha Cheena. The loudest whistle blown in
the theatre and the noisiest entry on screen in this movie was that of Sanjay
I was a witness to all this wild
adrenaline rush of hundreds of fans as I sat amongst them in a crowded theatre,
having consciously bought a ticket in the Dress Circle class (some may use the
term Gandhi Class/ Second Class). For me these people who sit in Dress Circle
class and watch movies represent the true audience of any cinema. They may earn
very little but save enough to splurge it to buy movie tickets. They sure don’t
want to miss out on their favourite stars movies.
After a very long time
Bollywood has found a Villain who has the potential to become a cult like
Gabbar of Sholay. The looks, the costume, the dialogues, the mannerism and most
importantly the character itself is the true star of this movie. In simple
words, Sanjay Dutt as Kancha Cheena is evil personified!
All in all I thoroughly
enjoyed the movie. Well the debate will always continue regarding – If remakes
are good for the art of cinema? How it may not be a healthy culture to continue
as we may be stifling new ideas and new stories being made into good movies. Debates
are never ending and debates are good for they bring out interesting and intellectual
thoughts and ideas.
It needs to be remembered
that if Agneepath (1990) was never made and was not critically appreciated,
Agneepath (2012) would probably never had been made. For me it’s a victory for
the art of Cinema that matters. May be Karan Johar has just succeeded in what
he planned to accomplish by remaking his father’s movie.
For the record Agneepath
(1990) was not a commercial hit and Yash johar was very disappointed as a
producer to have made a fantastic movie but was a commercial failure. Karan on
the other hand has in a way just learnt and shown how critically acclaimed
cinema can also be a commercial hit.
It was yet another Friday or billions of
earthlings. May be it was a mundane day ahead for
some and exciting for others. An exciting day ahead for the ones who were certain
of the joy to be unwrapped the next day, the weekend. Well, in my case it was
the former. Blame it on being one amongst the many who work on Saturdays.
The distance between us questions possibilities, Two souls who connect yet shall stay detached, Life running along parallel tracks that shall never meet, Yet hope says they would someday be entwined. UnInhibited feelings spoken, thoughts exchanged, Unassuming how the world would read them, Prejudices can't be fought, let free thoughts sail, It's a battle less spoken, but I know many shall be fought. Feelings expressed in words for many are view points, Sometimes misunderstood, unacceptable for few. Thoughts expressed are sometimes song of a bleeding heart, These emotions maybe shunned by many as no art. Questioned and unacceptable orphan thoughts, Wish to die accepted, but denied and stay detest. Don't let yourself be consumed by the opinions of others, Your soul deserves a sweet song, let it be one about it's zest.