Agneepath, directed by Karan Malhotra and produced by (Karan Johar) Dharma Productions brings back the golden moments of story telling back to bollywood. While in the recent past, Indian cinema has some fresh concepts like Dhobi Ghaat, Shaitan, Delly Belly, The Dirty Picture, Noone killed Jessica and the likes; I believe that the originality of bollywood was missing. We needed something that had the storyline, characters and the depth in the script. The Masala so to speak was lost somewhere in the new age experiments.
What works in Agneepath 2012 is the casting to start with. Casting Director Jogi does a fabulous job of getting all the lead roles right, but most importantly the child artists are so well groomed and fit the bill so beautifully, So much so that, at times I kept thinking of the piercing eyes of the child artist in the later parts of the film.
Ajay-Atul (Music Composers) once again create the magic once again. Much like the track , Badmaash Dil froThe track O Saiyan (which has been edited from the film) and Abhi Mujh Mein Kahan (Sung by Sonu Nigam is brilliantly placed in the film
The last action sequence between Sanjay Dutta (who plays Kanchaa) is brilliantly choreographed and color graded. Sabu Cyril was extremely smart in selecting Diu to shoot the film. Especially the cave with the Buddha statue serves as a perfect setting for the poetry narration between Vijay and his dad towards the beginning of the film.
Hritik is not the angry young man that we saw Amitabh Bachchan as in the older version, But a rather toned down more mature version of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan. Priyanka Chopra’s role (originally offered to Genelia D’ souza) resembles her role in Kaminey. While Priyanka does try a little too hard to please Vijay in the film, the chemistry between the characters is good.
It goes without saying that Rishi Kapoor and Sanjay Dutta would give their 100% to their roles in the film. Its amazing how they make us hate them and their stark performances will haunt you for long.
The prusian blue and deep green color grading adds an extra touch of coldness to the characters. The sound design takes you the world of Mandva and ensures that you feel as if you are a part of the Ganesh visarjan (during the song Deva Shree Ganesha). As the film moves from the cold pallete of blues and greens to the bright orange and yellows, it makes sure that you forget about all the technical aspects of filmmaking and simply enjoy this brilliant piece of art that has been recreated beautifully enough not to invite comparisons of the old and new. Karan Johar does a smart move by adding a creative disclaimer in the beginning of the film and thanks to great performances and work of the entire cast and crew, Agneepath (2012) is a 100% bollywood entertainer!