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Agneepath disappoints big time!

Agneepath disappoints big time!

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 27 January 2012

Movie Title

Agneepath disappoints big time!

Director

Karan Malhotra

Star Cast

Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Kanika Tiwari

Amit2992 | Mouthshut.com member

I was movie starved since the New Year as there were almost no releases in the last three weeks. Agneepath came as a welcome relief to spend the Republic day holiday. The long queue for the multiple shows at the Multiplex was an encouraging sight and I managed to bag a good seat for the 10 a.m. show. So far so good.

As the opening credits rolled, a mention is made as to how this is a humble contemporary take on the original Amitabh starrer. The quaint village scene set in 1977 in a small place called Mandwah is done nicely with a poetry recital in chaste Hindi. Predictability is the biggest bane of Hindi cinema in general, and remakes tend to succumb to it without fail.

The Hero?s father seems poised for a painful death right from the beginning to sow the seed of revenge, which would make the storyline of the film. But when he eventually does die, there?s very less pain you feel for him, thanks to lack of character building and apt direction. I would have felt more pain had somebody scratched my new car or, for that matter the Hero?s new car.

The pace of the story remains languid despite the 15-year jump it makes to the early 90s of Mumbai. Care is taken to avoid later day inventions such as cell phone, big cars and new age bikes throughout the film. The film scores in patches with some nice detailing but it does get tedious. The film is fraught with emotionally ambivalent moments that make you cringe with confusion. Slick editing might have made that passable. But the slumbering pace and pointless songs make a coffee break necessary bang in the middle of the first half.

The second half had me in utter conflict as I fought my instinct to leave the movie midway because of the protracted drama with annoyingly loud background score. While the film kept progressing episodically, the peppy item number notwithstanding, it seemed a lost cause and I left the theatre after 130 tiring minutes and just before the the third part of the plot was to be revealed.

I knew that I might do injustice in my review if I left midway. But that was a risk I was willing to take as falling asleep would have been far worse. So, for a film that alters the geography of India by creating a new island, tires you out with confusing emotions, and bases a three-hour-long film on the premise of revenge, I give two and a half stars. Try it at your own risk.

Rating: Two and a half stars

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