Read the Agneepath Movie Review by Ravi Shankar
Agneepath is a classic and a must-watch for everyone
"There is so much that can go wrong with the remake of a classic. Comparisons with the original are inevitable; fans tend to examine the movie under a large magnifying glass to find faults, and hence a film has to succeed on every aspect of film-making to be deemed worthy.
A bit on the surprising side, Agneepath actually does. Surprising because it is not usual for Bollywood to produce perfect/near-perfect films. But Agneepath, from acting to directing, from score to makeup, sets a standard. Debutant Karan Malhotra has done exceptionally commendable work behind the camera. A remake is a daunting task for a director, and even more so for a newcomer, but he has accepted the
challenge with open arms and created a masterpiece out of it. Full credit goes to him and he has a very bright future ahead of him.
The same goes for Hrithik, who had to stand up to the 'tall' stature of Amitabh. Hrithik has undeniably been one of the biggest stars and has had quite a few blockbuster, but 'Agneepath' is where he has really matured as an actor and joins the likes of Aamir and Shahrukh as the best of the industry right now. From action to emotion, he excels in every single shot, every single frame.
Sanjay Dutt, as Kancha, is truly menacing and convincing. Whenever he is on screen, he creates an ominous atmosphere. His face feels eerie, his leer feels eerie. He looks more like a creature from a horror movie than a drug-dealer from a crime-thriller.
But the true revelation has been Rishi Kapoor. Who would have thought an actor could give the best performance of his life after four decades and out of nowhere. In fact, he even surpasses Sanjay Dutt in villainy. His character was a new addition, and Kapoor has managed to make it the masterstroke of the movie.
Priyanka Chopra is okay though she falters in some scenes. Om Puri is excellent as usual but he doesn't have a lot to do. Rest of the actors are good too.
As for the weak points, Agneepath suffers from the usual overdone 'rona-dhona' and the cheesy dialogues therein, and unnecessary song insertions which badly affect the film's pace, but not to the extent like most Bollywood movies do. The editor could have at least cut one song from the theatrical cut, which would have made the movie a bit shorter, a welcome change, and better overall. otherwise he has done a pretty good job.
Overall, Agneepath is a classic and a must-watch for everyone. We need more films like these if Bollywood ever wishes to compete with Hollywood in terms of film-quality.