Movie Review: 'Agneepath' - Feisty Tale of Vengeance

Veekshitha Arasa
Daijiworld Media Network – Entertainment 
Rating: 3/5

Jan 27: Agneepath, as the name indicates has ‘Fire’ in it and the smoke emitted is sure to stay in the minds of the viewers even after they step out the theatre, thanks to the efforts taken by its makers and the performers in the movie who make it as good as the original (Agneepath 1990, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Mithun Chakraborty).

Story Outline and Analysis

The movie directed by Karan Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar has a tale of revenge, as already known by the ones who have watched the original one, released in 1990. The challenge for the remake was to maintain the essence of the original, refine it and make it appealing to the present-day crowd in theatres, which it successfully manages to do.

The film begins with the age-old conflict of a reformist school-teacher versus the shrewd zamindar, duping the villagers of their lands. The village here is Mandwa. When the honest master is brutally killed by deadly Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt), his son Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) vows to take revenge and destroy his perpetrator at any cost.

He goes to Mumbai and joins hands with Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) upon realization that he would need powerful support to demolish Kancha. He plans his every move cleverly.

Vijay's mother (Zarina Wahab), who was pregnant when Vijay had to leave Mandwa gives birth to a baby girl but Vijay conceals his identity from his sister to save her from any danger. When they reunite later you have some of the most touching scenes performed so naturally and brilliantly. Vijay’s childhood friend Kaali (Priyanka Chopra) always stands by his side and with time builds intimate relationship with him despite  being aware of the dark days ahead. With all the hurdles and threats, how the protagonist Vijay manages to take revenge is the core of the movie. Vijay follows the path of fire (Agneepath) with audacity and grit.

The movie is written well. Piyush Mishra's dialogues are imposing and make an impact. Cinematography by Ravi K Chandran and Kiran Deohans is amazing. Akiv Ali's editing is skillful.


Though the climax of this revenge saga might be predictable it is the elegant performances that keep you glued till the end. Stepping into the shoes of Big B, Hrithik Roshan here has done a commendable job in his own style. Watching Agneepath you can once again say Hrithik has really grown as an actor.

Sanjay Dutt, the baddie here, first of all makes you open your mouth wide with a mere glance at his huge physic, which in itself seems scary. Performance wise too he is a perfect villain. Rishi Kapoor too as Rauf Lala was incredible. His look suits his role well and so does his acting. Priyanka doesn't have much to do but is cheerful as always. 15-year-old Bhopal girl Kanika Tiwari who is Hrithik’s sister in the movie is too cute and innocent.


The one song that stands out in the movie is the famous Chikni Chameli. With vocals by Shreya Ghoshal the song has a wide appeal mainly due to Katrina Kaif. She is truly stupendous in her performance. Other songs may not really appeal much to the modern crowd but since the movie is based on 1990’s scenario, it goes well.


The movie pays a perfect reverence to the original and at the same time doesn’t patently emulate it. In that case this one is a perfect remake, worth watching. Go for it to relish the power-packed performances.

Ye mahan drishya hai,
Chal raha manushya hai,
Ashru, shwet, rakta se lathpath lathpath lathpath...
Agneepath, Agneepath, Agneepath…

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  • Priyanka, India

    Mon, Feb 06 2012

    I think justice has been done to the original Agneepath. It is a very good project and I would like to thank Karan Johar, Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt and all the people involved with it. I watched the movie on 26th last month at Wave Rajouri Garden and the day was very well spent.

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  • kiran, kerala

    Sat, Feb 04 2012

    Disappointing film.....eventhough i am a hrithik fan.
    Damn Story....bad direction....bakwaas sentiments....not an entertainer....
    waste of money!!!!!!
    wt happened to Hindi movies ????? !!!!!!.... y the standard of hindi movies are going down

    poor film......saw agneepath with much excitement.....Disappointed, disappointed...disappointed........Directors must learn to direct well from South Director Shankar.

    No good script writer left in Hindi Industry.????.....poor film...

    Bakwaas movie

    But full marks for CHIKNI CHAMELI !!!

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  • Nishith shetty, sujeer/uae

    Sat, Jan 28 2012

    The Dialogue will have impact:

    Ye mahan drishya hai,
    Chal raha manushya hai,
    Ashru, shwet, rakta se lathpath lathpath lathpath...
    Agneepath, Agneepath, Agneepath…

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  • akshkiran, mangalore

    Sat, Jan 28 2012

    movie is ok ,,dont go with high expectations ,, but no were comparable to the old one ,old is gold ,the one master manjunath acting and Amithab's haiii dialoge,,

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  • CSSHETTY, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 28 2012

    No comparision for Amithab... Or even Dan...

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  • Harsha Malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Sat, Jan 28 2012

    nobody reach above par while comparing with original version of 'agneepath' ..acted none other than super star 'amitabhji'..'lallu-panjus'like khans/kumars/roshans should take 100 re-birth to reach his scale.. 'DON' a big just to mint money..nothing else....amitabh a one-man industry..

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  • Ajit, Trivandrum

    Fri, Jan 27 2012

    the first 30 min is just superb(5 star
    ) the presentation direction acting editing cinematography everything is class after that movie can be rated very good(3.5 star) casting is very good and every actor has done justice to their role this is what we can call a perfect remake...the small boy who played hrithik's childhood has shown lots of potential as an actor he deserves to get lots of praise sanjay dutt was really scary and always be remembered for his role in this movie hrithik was excellent in the movie and at the climax his acting was really appreciable i think amitabh ji would be really happy to see hrithik in this movie hrithik has shown at present their can be bigger superstar then him but none better actor then hrithik.... director karan malhotra shows lot of maturity in his direction but some places in the movie could have been better especially the death scene of hrithik as well as priyanka but overall done a great job as a newcomer...i specially want to appreciate the cinematographer for such a brilliant work it was absolute graceful to watch and editor has also done a wonderful job

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  • purusottam, bhubaneswar

    Fri, Jan 27 2012

    i love this film ...i want to give thanks Karan Malhotra..created such good film. sanju baba i love you ..

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  • vatan singh, gorakhpur

    Fri, Jan 27 2012

    ultimate movie ................agar koi khan hota movie me to ye abhi tak superhit ho gyi hoti............this is the dilemna of bollywood industry....hritik, sanjay,rishi all are ultimate...........fantastic movie.......go for it......

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    Fri, Jan 27 2012

    Sanjay Dutt back in his khalnayak avatar..., nice dialogue by him "Vijai deena nath chauhan ko marna padega"!! Hritik Roshan steps into the mighty shoes of Big B.
    Superb direction by newcomer Karan Malhotra. Chikni chameli super hit song of 2012. Complete paisa vasool movie!!

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  • Smruti Mankame, Mumbai

    Fri, Jan 27 2012

    Agneepath Agneepath Agneepath!!!!! Tats all tat is ther on my mind rt now. A flawless remake and a wonderful tribute to the original. Hrithik's BEST performance ever smthing that he and his fans (like me)) will be proud of. Holds potential to bag almost all the main awards this year....Best Actor, Best Villain, Best Supporting Actor (Rishi kapoor) and last but not at all the least BEST Director.Definitely a must watch.

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