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Tuesday, February 7

Agneepath 1.0 V/s Agneepath 2.0

Is 2012’s Agneepath any better than the original?


Was THE CLASSIC Agneepath of 1990 really a flop show at the box office?

If the first two questions excite you, continue reading the blog.

I recently watched Hrithik Roshan’s Agneepath. Being a big admirer of the protagonist, I was eager to know whether the young man was really able to beat the odds and re-live the enigma of THE LEGENDARY Vijay Dinanath Chauhan created by Amitabh Bachchan in the vintage Agneepath.

This post is dedicated to the Original Classic Agneepath and a detailed analysis of how the new flick faired over the periodic flick!!!

Agneepath (1990) V/S Agneepath (2012)

Plot: Played by the ‘Angry Young Man’ of the 90’s, the LEGENDARY Amitabh bachchan, portrays an intense role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, who decides to avenge for the injustice done to his Dad (a noble man) by being BAD amongst the bad and teach all a lesson with a promise to give MANDWA back to his mom and eventually restore his Dad’s (Master ji) honor and dignity.

Facts

(AGNEEPATH - 1990)

1.       Initially, the movie bombarded at the box office but was later re-launched With huskiness in Amitabh’s voice which supplemented the intensity in Vijay’s character and anguish and pain in his eyes, thus making it a cult classic in the history of Indian cinema.

2.       This movie gave Amitabh bachchan one of the finest performances of his career.

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3.       Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakrobaty and Rohini Hatangidi went on to receive National award for their character.

4.       The movie was proven cult among the good, the bad and the ugly.

5.       Agneepath’s fan list includes all time famous personalities like Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli.

6.       1990 Agneepath had everything: the characters, their roles with intense acting, the plot and every other masala to make this movie a history.

7.       Sholay and Agneepath are the only 2 movies I remember which are famous till date for their trend setting dialogues and one-liners.

A must watch for all the dudes (& dudettes) who hasn’t seen the original flick till date.

My Rating: “must watch before you die!!!”

(AGNEEPATH 2012)

1.       The plot remains the same. The story remains the same. If 1990 Agneepath storyline was A->B->C->D, the new Agneepath’s storyline was reshuffled to A->C->B->D.
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2.       The movie is loud in comparison to the old flick. The sound effects multiplied the nausea and darkened the movie further.

3.       The other characters in the new movie (except that of Hrithik, Sanjay Dutt & Rishi Kapoor) was not as powerful and hard hitting as the old flick. As a matter of fact, the new version would have done better without Priyanka Chopra & Om Puri.

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4.       It’s a onetime watch whereas the original can be seen countless times even today.

5.       There is no powerful dialogue and no influential dialogue delivery in new Agneepath as compared to the classic. Except few good performances, the movie turned out more hype and less of a tribute to the classic.

6.       Karan Malhotra and Karan Johar remixed the old version with an interest to create a commercial hit. Whereas the original was never categorized a commercial flick.

7.       Songs in the new flick are far better than the songs in the original. Trust me, if the original was made without Amitabh and the kind of songs the movie had, it would have proven to be a big disaster ay box office and plummeted with nose facing the ground.

Character Analysis:

Amitabh Bachchan V/s Hrithik Roshan for Vijay Dinanath Chauhan:

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-          Class apart, generation apart and talent apart, Amitabh Bachchan is still the real Vijay Dinanath Chauhan when it comes to intense acting. No doubt, the protagonist Hrithik did a marvelous job but the anger in his character, the pain was just not felt in the new flick.

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-          Amitabh bachchan silenced all through his one liners in the movie whereas Hrithik did the same through his eyes. It was HR’s eyes that did most of the talking.

-          Vijay in new movie was dancing and singing songs whereas the Vijay of 1.0 was very silent and had no definition of songs or dance in his dictionary.

-          Master Manjunath who played the character of young Vijay did a role with par excellence and authority in his dialogue delivery which was surely missed in the young Vijay of version 2.0. Master Manjunath definitely scored over the new character.

-          There was elegance, style, the way Amitabh was dressed in the classic whereas Hrithik was too simple in white shirt and blue jeans which gave him “boy next door” look.

Danny D V/s Sanjay Dutt for Kaancha Cheena:

-          Sanjay Dutt rocks. He definitely scored over Danny D and overshadowed the Kancha Cheena from past.

-          Although the influential dialogues and the enigma and the style was missing in the new Kaancha’s character but the fresh Voldemort (beast) look definitely outshined the stupendous character played by Danny in the old flick. 

Master ji:

-          Without any doubt, Alok Nath from the old flick is any day better than today’s master ji.

Rohini H. V/s Zarina Wahab for Vijay’s Maa:

-          Can a comparison be made to a national award winner, Rohini ji, for playing an eternal and unforgettable role of Vijay’s Maa? Zarina Wahab was more of left out (unimportant) in the new flick.

-          The grave “mother-son relation” was very well depicted in the old flick as compared to the new one.

Madhvi, Mithun V/s Priyanka Chopra:

-          Seems like Priyanka Chopra proved to be one man army for Karan Johar’s Agneepath. She not only played the role of Viju’s beloved but also showed a tinge of Mithun (Krishnan Iyer M.A.) in her character during the dialogue delivery. But honestly, Madhvi from old movie was far better, decisive and had role fundamental to the story whereas Priyanka’s character was not even needed in the new flick. The movie would have done better at box office without PC.

Shiksha:

-          Is there any one in competition here to Neelam for Shiksha’s character? Not even in rarest of my dreams.

Commissioner Gaitonde:

-          Vikram Gokhle is still the best when it comes to play the role of Commissioner onscreen.

-          Om Puri did well but there was no connection between the him and Vijay in the new flick which was brilliantly showed in the classic.

Other Characters:

-          I hardly remember any influential character from new Agneepath except Rishi Kapoor who played Rauf Lalla’s character. Marvellous acting from Chintu ji, his first as villain, will definitely re-add his name to the elite club of finest actors in our country. It was definitely a lifetime performance from Rishi Kapoor.

-          What happened to the characters of Terelin, Nathu, Shanti, Usman Bhai, Gora, Anna, Shetty from the old movie? They were all chopped off in the new flick. Each of them had an essential part which was found missing in the new flick.

MANDWA:

The entire struggle started from this place and ended in the same place. The plot remained the same but the place had an image makeover in the new flick.

Mandwa of 90s was covered with villagers having a contented outlook whereas the Mandwa of today gave an impression of a slum much filthier and darker on reel than in real.

POEM:

Vruksh ho bade bhale,
ho ghane ho bhale,
Ek Patra chhah bhi mang mat, mang mat, mang mat,
Agnipath, Agnipath Agnipath;

Tu na thamega kabhi tu na mudega kabhi tu na rukega kabhi,
Kar shapath, Kar shapath, Kar shapath,
Agnipath, Agnipath, Agnipath.

Ye Mahan Drushya hain,
Chal raha Manushya hain,
Ashru, Sweth, Rakta se Latpat Latpat Latpat..
Agnipath, Agnipath, Agnipath.

The only stuff that remained same in both the movies. Influential in itself, Madhushala by Harishvansh Rai Bachchan is a proven “must read” poem of all time.

Summary:

Nice Effort but The Original AGNEEPATH still rules \m/

52 comments:

  1. I haven't seen the original and in no mood to see the new one. Picture is too loud for my taste. But, you did a great job analyzing it. Post is remarkable. It can be used to market the brand Agneepath...

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    1. thank you Saru for liking the review.

      i believe Original Agneepath was more of guys movies than for gals.

      from the comments i get about the movie, hardly i see any female blogger liking the original or the revised Agneepath.

      off course both the movies are loud but i guess, good enough to tag this as cult classic and rate it as "one of the best movies ever made" if you ask the male fanatics.

      regards
      rahul

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  2. I started my morning with this post, and I know it is gong to be a wonderful day. I have my reservations about the original, since it was made at the fag end of Amitabh's first innings. He looks tired and inappropriate to the role. However, on the whole, the film is a classic, loud, melodramatic, arrogant, and perhaps one of the pointers that we were headed towards the mess we are in now in all areas of life. Your detailed analysis of the cast and characters helps put in perspective the richness of the film and its relevance. I have not yet seen the new one, and don't even know if I want to, after the string of poorly made remakes, and your review (and those of several others) has helped me make up my mind.

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    1. yeah super liked the start of your comment :P

      i really can't express how much i love watching the old agneepath again & again but the same feeling does not come for the new one.

      i believe Agneepath gave a makeover to AB's career and proved to be the biggest turning point in his life and grabbed him a national award for his acting.

      hey you must watch the new flick to find out why AB's classic is rated so above the new version.

      rahul

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  3. i haven't seen and i won't see as well :P
    irritating
    and the Kancha character is more of Apocalypse character( i heard it )

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    1. Hey D,

      you the first person i came across who doesn't like either the original or the new one! no offence but.

      if you find movies like Gladiator, 300 (they were loud and irritating as well) worth watching than you must try watching the Indian movies as well. just a suggestion.

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  4. I too have not seen this movie. But I want to see the original. In fact, except Sholay, I have not seen many Amitab's movies of the 70's and 80's which I want to see now.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. DI

      go for the original. i won't recommend the new one but do not miss the classic from the 90s.

      you now what, all the Rajnikant movies of 70s and 80s were remakes of all time AB classics. so you can very well imagine, how good AB movies must have been !

      rahul

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    2. Well, frankly I have not seen Rajnikanth's movies of that time either! Need to really start watching those gems in Hindi and Tamil :)

      Destination Infinity

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    3. yes you must watch movies from the 70s and the 80s Rajesh.

      we always watch English classics but miss out those classics which are produced right in our home, i mean bollywood!

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  5. madhushala is my all time fav..,

    written very well Rahul......

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    1. thank you for liking the post Indu.

      i studied Madhushala when i was in school.

      i've read it so many times since than and listened it on podcast a number of times.

      rahul

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  6. Tu na thamega kabhi tu na mudega kabhi tu na rukega kabhi,
    Kar shapath, Kar shapath, Kar shapath,
    Agnipath, Agnipath, Agnipath

    excellent complete review
    have not seen the new movie
    but old is classic and best can be seen hundred times.

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    1. you are my man!!!

      excellent comment SM.

      i agree original Agneepath can be seen a 100 thousand times !

      regards
      rahul

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  7. well the first one was no doubt a class apart from the new one .. other than sunjay dutts role in the new one .. I think the new one is a total waste of time.

    In the first one Amitabh was excellent..

    in the old one the characters of Mithun and the DSP were Excellent they left a mark especially mithuns too ..
    in the new one no one made a mark .. other then Rishi kapoor in that role was a surprise ..


    Lovely article and well written :)

    Bikram's

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    1. super liked your comment Veerji!

      i totally agree nothing can beat the original.

      and except Sanjay, Hrithik and Rishi, none did a role par excellence in the new flick.

      thanks for liking the post !

      rahul

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  8. Very interesting and detailed analysis of the movie. And I guess I would agree with most of what you said. :) Nice post indeed.

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    1. than you for liking the post and complying with whatsoever i wrote here !

      i like it when people admire the classic from AB.

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  9. wow must say this was one great review - extensively covered. u didn't miss any point (did u?)

    i watched the new one. i must have watched the old one too but i was far too young then i guess. i dont remember seeing it

    O at this line - ""storyline was A->B->C->D, the new Agneepath’s storyline was reshuffled to A->C->B->D"""

    must try & catch version 1 :)

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    1. thank you for liking the post Sujatha ..

      yeah i made sure i should not miss anything. i just love the original.

      i feel it was a learning experience, a lesson i get every time i watch the original movie.

      hey you must watch AB's performance from old Agneepath. if you want i'll send you the copy of the movie. just mail me your postal address :-)

      if you liked the new one, you will love the original.

      rahul

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  10. and yes, you didn't overlook the child actors either. (master manjunath)! that was really something. you have gone into the details very well

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    1. how can i forget Manjunath's role. he was at his best.

      thank you once again for appreciating my work !

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  11. Hey, blogging for the first time here.
    I have seen Agneepath of Amitabh. Did not like it much. Deewar, Sholay, Zameer were class. Agneepath had Amitabh Bachchan giving a spirited acting. But somehow got a big headache.
    I have not seen latest Agneepath. Maybe I will watch for Sanjay Dutt and Hrithik's dance.

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    1. hey Kirti,

      :-( sad you thought original was a headache for you :-(

      watch the new one for Sanjay, Hrithik and Rishi Kapoor's performance. but do not expect much dance moves from Hrithik here. he's more of a silent character in this one.

      thans for dropping by buddy.

      regards
      rahul

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  12. what a detailed comparison!..but i fail to understand one thing that movie which flop and are criticised when released become a classic after 10 years..inverse logic,isnt it?

    Saw the earlier one and hadnt liked the haggard Amitabh or the movie,so didnt watch the new one.

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    1. :-( :-( :-(

      what else should i say :-(

      Ma'm, you won't believe movies like Sholay, Mera Naam joker didn't do very well initially at the box office but later made a big mark in indian film industry. so i can digest the fact that a flop initially turned out to be a classic later on :-)

      just go and watch the new one for Hrithik Sanjay and Rishi Kapoor's acting !

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  13. A big fan of Amitabh but Agnipath is one of his movies that I haven't watched, may be because I am not too much into the genre of action. But what a wonderful post, surely I came to know a lot of both the movies! Superb review, rahul :)

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    1. hey must watch the original, Arti, if you are a big big fan of AB like me.

      thanks for liking the post, the idea was to make people aware of the cult classic.

      rahul

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  14. I haven't seen the old agneepath, but even I didn't like the new one..A complete review, you've written :)

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    1. Ana,

      please watch the old movie, i hope that you will like it :-)

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  15. Amitabh's best performance ever, completely agree with u. i can watch old agneepath 100 times or may be i have already :D. haven't watched new one yet but i ll. a brilliant review, wow.

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    1. Deb,

      where were you? i needed such comments right up the order :-)

      i agree with you, i can watch the old one a 1000 times without giving up !

      thans for liking the post.

      rahul

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  16. I really liked the analysis. I have not seen either of the movies, I think I should now :)

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    1. Thanks Chintan for liking the review.

      yeah must watch both the flicks to understand this blog a li'l better !

      regards
      rahul

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  17. wonderful post..loved your detailed analysis :)

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  18. i havent seen the 1st part till now loved the anaylysis and the unknown facts mentioned:)did watch agneepath 2recently i agree its a 1time watch..

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    1. thank you Alka for liking the post.

      hey if you get a chance do watch the original Agneepath. its surely more than a one time watch :-)

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  19. Seen both...and agree, Amitabh's pain was so evident, while HR spoke through his eyes. I liked Rishi Kapoor too:)

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    1. good to know that you've seen both the movies and agree to the fact (as i assume from the above comment :P) that you think old agneepath is any day better than the new one !

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  20. I really wanted to watch this remake because of Hrithik too! Though I do usually prefer originals most of the time.

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    1. Bingo !!!

      that was my main reason to watch the remake.

      i love HR's acting and his dance, so stands out the main reason to watch the new version !

      regards
      rahul

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  21. Good analysis Rahul...
    I watched it recently and made comparison on every piece of it with the original..and truly, I had no doubt (even an iota) in my mind about how much impeccable and incomparable the original was when compared to the newer version...
    Few scenes that really caught hold of me in HR's version:
    1. The clasp of Sanjay's and Hrithik's hands when the fight begins between the two in Mandwa (towards the end)...
    2. The cry in HR's eyes and the smile on child HR's face in the end and beginning of the movie respectively.
    3. Sanjay's role outshined Vijay's role like Joker did to Batman in Dark Knight
    Other than those, rest of the movie was very loud, gory and pitch dark....
    Kudos to Hrithik for trying, but sorry Hrithik, YOU DONT MATCH UP TO THE LEGEND, AMITABH BACHCHAN!!!!

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    1. thanks for dropping by Raghav !

      i completely agree with you, original is way too better than 2012 agneepath. i don't remember how many times we people have discussed about this movie with friends and amongst ourselves about the original and has seen it more than 1000 times together !

      have a great week ahead !

      regards
      rahul

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  22. very well written... :D and yeah I'm definitely gonna watch the original Agneepath.. :)

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    1. thanks for dropping by Ankit. thanks for liking the post.

      hey do watch the original else it'll be a miss of a lifetime !

      regards
      rahul

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  23. Very nice analysis. I never watched the original, so completely loved the new one. Now after reading your take, I think I must watch classic soon. :)

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    1. Hey Harsha,

      thanks for dropping by .. hey if you loved the newer version, you'll go crazy watching the original. a must watch for people like you :D

      regards
      rahul

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