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Agneepath (2012)

Agneepath2012

Agneepath (2012) is a 2012 Indian epic action thriller film produced by Karan Johar. It is a remake of the 1990 film of the same name and is directed by Johar’s former assistant Karan Malhotra. Though publicized as a remake; the film borrows only the basic plot of the original, while making the characters and incidents completely different. The title of the film is taken from a poem of the same name called ‘Agneepath’ which was penned by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Amitabh’s father, and is recited at the beginning of the movie and creates a thematic link that continues through the movie, particularly in the climax, both literally and metaphorically.

While Hrithik Roshan plays the lead role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, Sanjay Dutt plays the role of the main antagonist Kancha Cheena, originally played by Amitabh Bachchan and Danny Denzongpa respectively. The film stars Priyanka Chopra as the female lead. Other members of the cast include Rishi Kapoor playing a newly introduced negative character, Om Puri and Zarina Wahab among others. The award winning character of Krishnan Iyer M.A played by Mithun Chakrabortyin the original has been totally done away with. Shooting of the film mostly took place in Diu and Mumbai’s film city. Originally slated for release on 20 January, Agneepath was postponed by a week to 26 January 2012, making it a Republic Day release. Upon release, the film broke the highest opening day collections record and became a critical and commercial success, unlike the original.

Plot

The story opens in an island village of Mandwa. The school teacher of the village,Dinanath Chauhan (Chetan Pandit),who is highly respected by the villagers tries to dissuade them from giving away their lands on lease to Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt),the son of the village head who plans to start a drug mafia.Knowing this,Kancha decides to get rid of the school teacher.He devices a plan which agitates the villagers against the school teacher.Kancha,with the support of the villagers kills the teacher by hanging him to death from a tree which is witnessed by young Vijay Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan),the son of the teacher.Vijay Chauhan along with his pregnant mother Suhasini Chauhan (Zarina Wahab) leaves the village.Destitute, they find shelter in the city of Mumbai but Vijay keeps the fire to go back to Mandwa and kill Kancha burning.While in Mumbai,Vijay Chauhan’s mother delivers a baby girl named Shiksha.Vijay Chauhan is attracted to Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor),a local girl trafficker,drug lord and importantly an anti of Kancha and wants to get into his company.During this period,he testifies in favour of Rauf Lala and kills a cop.Eventually he is joined into the gang by Rauf Lala.Meanwhile,his mother along with his baby sister leaves Vijay because she thinks he was wasted by the thought of taking revenge for his father’s death.

Vijay through the years,works for Rauf Lala and finds himself as a trusted worker for the drug lord.Meanwhile,he also does several charity activities on the name of his sister.Once inspector and now commissioner,Gaitonde (Om Puri) acts as a silent guardian for Vijay and tries to eliminate crime in the Mumbai city.During the time when Rauf’s influence over the drug business in Mumbai is falling,Kancha decides to grow his influence as a drug lord in the city and sends one of his men over to Mumbai for the process.Vijay with the help of the commissioner disrupts this plan and is lauded by Lala.He further gains the trust of Lala by taking a bullet shot which was thought was aimed for Lala’s son but is later revealed as a conspiracy involving Vijay and the man kancha sent over to Mumbai to whom Vijay offers to help Kancha in expanding his drug business in Mumbai.

On the night of his marriage,Lala’s son Mazhar Lala (Rajesh Tandon) gets the information that the shot was fired by Kancha’s man and along with Vijay leaves to end him in the process of which is shot dead by Kancha’s man right in front of Vijay who is unmoved.Vijay later shoots the killer for leaving the evidence of their conspired plan.Lala on seeing his son dead falls sick and is admitted into a hospital unconscious.In the meantime,Vijay takes the place of Lala and stops all the crimes committed by Lala’s gang.He then is then contacted by Kancha.He accepts Kancha’s offer and goes to Mandwa for a business deal.While in Mandwa,Vijay puts his deal in front of Kancha which is handing over the drug business in Mumbai over to Kancha and in return taking Mandwa.Though Kancha initially suspects this deal, he later agrees on the condition that the commissioner must be killed.

Meanwhile back in Mumbai,Lala regains health and knows the truth behind his son’s death.He gets hold of Vijay’s sister Shiksha(Kanika Tiwari) and calls out for her sale in public to one who bids the most.Vijay is notified of this by Kancha and he flees back to Mumbai and kills Lala after which he gets closer to his family.In the meantime,Kancha sents a man to assasinate the commissioner.This man identifies Vijay to be the son of the teacher killed by Kancha and reports this to Kancha.This man while trying to assasinate the commisioner is killed by Vijay.The commisioner later warns Vijay to be careful as Kancha posed him a threat.Vijay then marries his love interest Kaali (Priyanka Chopra)who is killed right after their marriage during a shooting spree by Kancha’s men.

Vijay leaves for Mandwa to avenge the death of his father and his wife by killing Kancha and on the otherhand,Kancha gets hold of Vijay’s mother and sister and brings them to Mandwa.During the final showdown,Vijay bearing a couple of initial stabbings from Kancha garners energy and kills Kancha by hanging him from the same tree to which his father was hanged to. Finally, Vijay succumbs to his injuries and breaths his last in the hands of his mother.

Cast

Hrithik Roshan as Vijay Deenanath Chauhan
Priyanka Chopra as Kaali Gawde
Sanjay Dutt as Kancha Cheena
Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala
Om Puri as Commissioner Gaitonde
Zarina Wahab as Suhasini Chauhan
Rajesh Tandon as Mazhar Lala
Sachin Khedekar as Home secretary
Deven Bhojani as Azhar Lala
Chetan Pandit as Master Deenanath Chavhan
Arish Bhiwandiwala as Young Vijay Deenanath Chavhan
Kanika Tiwari as Shiksha Chauhan
Rajesh Vivek as a police officer
Madhurjeet Sarghi as Lachhi
Katrina Kaif in a special appearance in and as “Chikni Chameli”

Sound Tracks

“Chikni Chameli”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal
Music Label Sony Music

“Abhi Mujh Main Kahin”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Performed by Sonu Nigam
Music Label Sony Music

“Deva Shree Ganesha”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Performed by Ajay Gogavale
Music Label Sony Music

“O Saiyyan”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Performed by Roop Kumar Rathod
Music Label Sony Music

“Gun Gun Guna”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Performed by Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Label Sony Music

“Shah Ka Rutba”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Anand Raj Anand, Krishna Beura
Music Label Sony Music

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 17 April 2012

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