(Recommended by SI Blog reader Ashwin Kini)
Guess what the mail-man brought us today?
Yes, we got this Amitabh Bachchan, Madhavi, Mithun Chakraborty film sooner than anticipated.
Released in 1990, Agneepath has been hailed as one of the best movies from the Amitabh Bachchan stable.
Some SI readers aver that Agneepath is even better than Deewar, which we rewatched recently.
Unlike Deewar, we haven’t watched Agneepath before.
Produced by Yash Johar, Agneepath was directed by Mukul Anand.
We’ll update this post after finishing the movie. Since it’s already 10:42PM ET here (8:12AM IST), the update will likely come tomorrow.
Folks, Agneepath is not a bad movie.
Au contraire, it’s a nauseatingly sick, pathetic piece of shit.
To think that Amitabh Bachchan won the National Award in India for this vile trash speaks volumes about the pitiful standards in Mera Bharat Mahaan.
The movie starts off fairly decently in a small coastal village Mandwa with an idealistic school teacher Masterji (Aloknath) doing his best to reform the village of the vices of liquor, prostitution and the like.
But within about 20 minutes or so, Masterji is dispatched to his maker, thanks to the gangster Kancha Cheema, played by Danny Denzongpa.
And the movie quickly gets into free fall, descending into a horrendous nightmare.
In the twinkle of an eye, Amitabh Bachchan is transformed into a dreaded Don Vijay Dinananth Chauhan. However, the scope and details of his illicit activities are never made clear, only that he abhors narcotics.
Ask not what’s wrong with Agneepath.
Ask instead what’s not wrong with Agneepath – A sophomoric, half-baked repetitive story, appalling performances by the lead stars starting with Amitabh Bachchan, horrid music, oh, the list of negatives is endless.
With his swollen cheeks, bloodshot eyes, horrible makeup, affected dialog delivery, inane bhashans (lectures) about the poor and overall awful performance, Amitabh Bachchan is unbearable to behold in Agneepath, a pukeworthy performance to put it mildly.
If any of you schmucks see shades of Al Pacino’s coke-snorting, screaming, ranting, mad-as-hell Tony Montana in Scarface in Amitabh Bachchan’s Vijay, all we can tell you is that medical science has yet to find a cure for the misfiring synapses in your brain.
The two crucial confrontations between Vijay Chauhan and Kancha Cheema toward the end of the movie were a horrible letdown with not the least bit of drama in them. Truth be said, they were ugly.
To those who see Amitabh’s performance in Agneepath as more than a shade better than in Deewar, we ask you to come clean on whatever you are snorting. Or at least share some of it with us. 😉
Deewar had an element of freshness in its story, music and Amitabh’s performance.
Agneepath is Deewar redux, albeit of the sick, imitative, repetitive and repulsive kind. The son of a righteous man growing up into a gangster with thoughts of revenge.
By the way, Amitabh Bachchan is Vijay in both Deewar and Agneepath. Now, don’t tell us that’s just coincidence.
Then there is Mithun Chakraborty a.k.a. Krishnan Iyer M.A of Kerala University.
Present occupation: Narialwalla (coconut seller), whose claim to fame is that he saved the Don after he was ambushed by his partners.
To describe Mithun Chakraborty’s ghastly antics on the screen as simian would be an egregious insult to monkeys of all stripes (including the red-bottomed commenters occasionally straying into this fine blog from the nearby zoo).
Screaming, dancing, fighting, talking, singing and threatening to lift his dhoti every 10 minutes or so, in all of these activities and more Mithun Chakraborty is insufferable and garishly unfunny.
It’s with utmost difficulty that we managed to restrain ourselves from hurling the remote at our LCD TV.
As for that incompetent whacko Neelam Kothari (plays the Don’s younger sister here), suffice to say that thing’s presence on Planet Earth suggests God’s immense displeasure with the denizens of the world.
Count your blessings, the South Indian actress Madhavi has only a minor role in the movie.
Ironically, Danny Denzongpa inflicted the least damage on our artistic sensibilities.
By god, the music and dances are of a piece with the rest of this garbage. I am Krishnan Iyer M.A., Kiski tha Patha or Ali Baba…ugh.
Folks, if you plan to miss one just Amitabh Bachchan film in your life, it’s this ghastly nightmare Agneepath.
Guys, notwithstanding what you may hear, Agneepath is not a classic.
On the contrary, it’s classic trash, the father of Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.
Surely, in the annals of human depravity there are few parallels to Agneepath.
P.S.: And only in Incredible India would people remake this trashy a film.
Agneepath’s remake featuring Hrithik Roshan and real-life hardcore criminal Sanjay Dutt is releasing Thursday in the U.S.
New Agneepath Review – A Blazing Bollywood Bonanza
Hey buddy, saw this post. All I can say is Thank You! I am sure you will not be disappointed after watching Agneepath. Although I can’t assure you that you will call it a great film because our tastes are different.
Like it or not, Agneepath is one of Amitabh’s best, if not the best, performances. I was pleasantly surprised to see that even in his late 40s, he managed to provide such a performance. Maybe it had something to do with his falling popularity as superstar.
1. We have updated the Agneepath post after watching the movie.
Please read it here.
2. You write: Although I can’t assure you that you will call it a great film because our tastes are different.
What’s it they say about taste – De gustibus non est disputandum.
I’ve been recommending Alaipayuthe to you. But you never care to even consider it. So I’m not coming here anymore except for reading this reply…
1. You write: So I’m not coming here anymore except for reading this reply...
Good, one clown less to deal with.
2. Please find here the screenshot of our Netflix queue. Alaipayuthe is No-1 in our queue.
We hope to get Alaipayuthe on Wednesday.
And to the next clown who wants to threaten us about not coming back, go right ahead and there is absolutely no need to inform us beforehand. As if we care. 😉
Netflix willing, we hope to have the Alaipayuthe review on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning (unless otherwise specified, our time is always Eastern Time).
SI Said: “Some SI readers aver that Agneepath is even better than Deewar, which we rewatched recently.”
Agneepath is not in the same class as Deewar. The former is nothing but a re-hashed version of the latter with Amitabh ripping off Al Pacino’s Tony Montana from ‘Scarface’ in a few key scenes. Add to that the amount of disgust Mithun Chakraborty exudes on-screen with his Krishnan Iyer M.A., Nariyalpani waala (coconut water seller).
We have updated the Agneepath post after watching the movie.
Please read it here.
SI Said: “To describe Mithun Chakrabortyâ€™s ghastly antics on the screen as simian would be an egregious insult to monkeys of all stripes (including the redbottomed kind).”
A very shameful and visually detestable role, considering the man has the talent to essay good performances. He has won 2 national awards for Best Actor for the movies ‘Mrigya’ and ‘Tahader Katha’, and Best Supporting Actor for ‘Swami Vivekananda.’
Mithun Chakraborty in Agneepath was the Hindi equivalent of Vadivelu in Villu. Sick. Sick. Sick.
Ah, the things people do for money (we can’t even justify it on the grounds that the man’s gotta eat because Mithun was fairly rich by 1990).
It boggles the mind that Agneepath should be hailed as a classic, even if only in some quarters. It’s no patch on Deewar.
Hmm, nauseating piece of shit yeah!!!! Ok, we got the point.
So, my lord, kindly spare some precious time of yours to mention in your own words on WHAT IS A GOOD MOVIE?
Sire, if you consider only Movies that have Marldon Brando, Al Pacino, and blah blah blah actors in it. I can safely say that no matter what film you review, you will call it SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT and only SHIT
Why waste your money??
I will give you one complete sentence that you can place before reviewing any Indian movies: “No matter what this movie is about, I will call it shit”.
Thank you sire! I guess SLumdog is the only Indian oops Indian made Hollywood movie you like.
Thanks for the compliments sire!
You write: I will give you one complete sentence that you can place before reviewing any Indian movies: “No matter what this movie is about, I will call it shit”.
We’ve liked several Hindi movies over the years.
For instance, Deewar, Aaradhana, Charulata, Qurbani, Dev D, DDLJ, Dil To Pagal Hai, Cheeni Kum, Bobby, Yaadon Ki Baarat, Hera Pheri, Manorama Six Feet Under, Baazigar, Mithya, Taare Zameen Par, Paheli, Johnny Gaddaar, Parineeta, Fanaa, Morning Raaga, Being Cyrus, Matrubhoomi, 99, A Wednesday et al.
The above movies belong to different genres, different time periods and feature different actors.
So cut the BS about our not liking Indian movies.
Check this out…karan Johar’s Agneepath!
Mon dieu. Chronicle of a garbage foretold.
If you think the original Agneepath was awful, think how many gazillion times it’ll be ‘badder’ with this incompetent, little twit Abhishek Bachchan.
A Shakespearean tragedy, that is for the masses who view this movie.
If the Agneepath remake ever sees the light of the day, it ought to go into our Incredible India, only in India stories.
SI (Review): Folks, Agneepath is not a bad movie.
Itâ€™s a nauseatingly sick, pathetic piece of shit.
Which means that before a shit some gaseous matter is formed and released. Therefore, it should be re-named as Agni-Faht. Sorry, my mind is corrupted. Maybe, it’s influenced by many years of watching shitty Bolly, Kolly stuff.
Perhaps, Agneepath was remade in Tamil too. If not it may be in the works.
Some SI readers have pointed to a link (pl see previous comment) that it’s being remade in Hindi with Abhishek ‘Torture’ Bachchan in the lead.
SI:Perhaps, Agneepath was remade in Tamil too. If not it may be in the works.
Yeah, that’s for sure. These guys don’t have any new plot or story. Same old “Sophomoric/SI’s” love story plots told a thousand times in too many garbage smells. They simply rely on the known devil. No “Twisters”, No “Day After Tomorrows”, No “Jurrassic Parks”, Not even “Slumdogs” (It was a British Movie afterall)…Only “Alagiya Tamils Magans”, “Billas”, Dasavatharams and the likes…etc.
Kannaa, Dark brown, light brown, semi-golden, yellowish, solid, semi-solid, liquid or semi-liquid… When it comes you cannot ask why, neither cannot ask for what…a shit is a shit (always and forever)-Idhu eppidy irukku??? “Soooper” (Rajni style)
BTW, sometime ago I had a faint doubt that somebody would make a movie on Velupillai Prabhakaran. Today, I saw in a website something similar to this idea. But, don’t have enough details to clear my doubts. Need some investigative bugging to know the facts.
Prabhakaran’s movie is inevitable…just a question of time.
Hope they don’t turn it into a soppy love story.
Whether we like him or not, Prabhakaran was an interesting character, worthy of a movie in the right hands.
I had watched this movie long ago in theatre and i only remember one thing about this movie and that is it had given me severe headache 🙂
Pay money and get headache this is not fair
We still can’t fathom how Amitabh Bachchan landed the National award for his role in Agneepath and how Mithun Chakraborty got the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award (Amitabh was nominated for Filmfare Best Actor award).
Only in India, folk, only in India does crap never go unrewarded.
Sorry to be sarcastic, had a torrid day at the office.
By the way, you said, “Only in India, folk, only in India does crap never go unrewarded.”
True, very true, people do buy awards here. SRK does it every now and then, the whole Award Ceremony turns into a drama.
By the way, I am not sure why those very critics who jump up and down while criticizing Indian movies praised Slumdog Millionaire when it got 8 OSCARS!!! Mind you 8 Oscars!!!!! Surely, the committee which decided this was either too generous or smoking pot!!!!!
I am sure there were better English movies, but none of them managed so much Oscars. Even great directors like Steven Spielberg didn’t get this much for their films.
As for SI’s comment on India:
We are a country with people from nearly 708 castes, 11 religions, and some 100 languages, it’s a miracle that this country still didn’t tear itself apart.
And yes we Indians are pathetic shit. YOu know why? Nobody disgraces their country worse than Indians. Of course, some of them migrate to the foreign countries to lead lavish lives, but still don;t shut their farting mouths to speak bullshiot about their nation.
Some of my Indian friends have settled in the Far East, every time they come back, they complain about the pollution, traffic etc. I tell them to shut their mouths because I know that these same idiots never cared to even look after their families and spent their parents money to settle abroad.
India will remain to be a SHITTY country unless it’s bloody citizens start doing something useful rather than cursing it.
With Indians like these, why won’t India be bullshit?????
1. Whoa, so much angst at the diaspora (including and particularly SI, it seems) for first ‘abandoning’ India and then ‘criticizing’ it.
So be it. 🙁
Just because we’ve migrated to far shores, doesn’t mean we harbor no affection for India or have forsworn the right to criticize our birthplace.
As we’ve said before, we do what we can in a limited way for our country. Most certainly, many other Indians here do the same in their own way. Even some of our idiotic Gujarati friends here, who spent Rs 5 lakh back in their village to organize a stupid religious festival help generate temporary employment and a bit of economic activity when they visit (we’ve seen the DVD of the processions and the Swamijis et al they proudly showed us)
2. We felt Slumdog Millionaire was a decent entertainer and deserved the encomiums and awards heaped on it. Unlikely the awards were purchased.
3. Steven Spielberg’s treatment by the Academy is akin to the Nobel Academy ignoring Gandhi for the Peace Prize. Go figure.
Well, no angst in particular against SI (doesn’t mean I exclude SI).
I respect people who move out of the country because of inevitable reasons. The great scientist Harghobind Khorana moved out of India. When he got a Nobel, all Indians started celebrating it with pride. It is rumored that when reporters asked whether he was Indian, he didn’t wish to be identified as one; the reason being that he didn’t find employment and was digging roads for a living (TRUE!).
I aimed the sarcastic barb at many Indians, nobody in particular, who migrate to US just for leisure.
While I fully respect their choice, I feel that people who left the country voluntary have/and should not have anything to do with India. So why abuse it?
If Indians want to call their own country as Shit, let them not forget that they were infact a PRODUCT of the SHIT they mention.
Nobody becomes great by pointing out mistakes. It doesn’t require a genius to know that India is suffering. All we ask is, Live and Let Live.
Coming to Slumdog Millionaire, you said it, “We felt Slumdog Millionaire was a decent entertainer”. True. A decent entertainer deserves maybe a maximum of 2-3 Oscars, but this one got 8, which is highly undeserving!!
If those in the Oscar Committee feel that Slumdog is in the same league as Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and ET, then I am sorry to say that they need to play the Game, “Who is dumber than a fifth grader”.
Make no mistake, SDM is a good film, I loved it. It is way better than any other Indian movie, save for Taare Zameen Par and some others. But to call it a masterpiece is bullshit. Danny Boyle and team got lucky, really lucky.
1. You write: I aimed the sarcastic barb at many Indians, nobody in particular, who migrate to US just for leisure.
If people are migrating to the U.S. for leisure, we’ve yet to see them despite living here long years.
99% of the people who land here belong in one of the four categories: work/education/following marriage/family sponsorship.
2. You write: I feel that people who left the country voluntary have/and should not have anything to do with India.
NRIs should not speak Tamil or Hindi, should not blog on India, should not eat Indian food, should wear nipple rings, and most importantly MUST use only toilet paper to wipe their arse. No use of H2O allowed for NRI bottoms.
Hmm, typical Indian behavior towards criticism 🙂
Ok, let me finish this here! we have had enough comments aiming at each other! when I said people who left India should have nothing to do with it, I mentioned about their sarcastic barbs towards India, nothing else.
Being a constructive thinker, I always welcome people’s ideas to make the world a better place. But I don;t welcome unnecessary sarcasm, reiterating same old stuff, using names against the country etc. Tell me what have these achieved???
Speaking is a person’s birthright, but abusing a person/place/thing etc aimlessly is NOT!!!!
If I have unintentionally hurt anyone’s feelings, I apologize.
2. You write: Speaking is a person’s birthright, but abusing a person/place/thing etc aimlessly is NOT!!!!
Since you were 100% aiming this barb at someone else and most definitely not SI, we won’t respond to this point. 😉
Going forward, let’s focus only on Agneepath in this thread.
No more NRI/SI bashing in this thread. Simply not relevant to the Agneepath review.
Coming to movies, I don’t have much to mention 😛
I seldom watch movies. If you want me to mention a quality movie that I watched recently, it ain’t Indian, it is WATCHMEN- Worth a dekko.
But the only Indian movies that I enjoyed were all in the past. Some of them being Black and White movies made in the 1950s.
I liked this one specially, “ANDHA NAAL” a 1953 movie starring Shivaji where he plays a negative role of a Radio Engineer who plans to aid the Japanese army in bombing Madras. It is a sort of a thriller.
The other movie that I loved is Thirumbi Paar(1953), once again Shivaji. Can’t remember much about this movie except for the fact that Shivaji played a negative role with excellence and that LOOSU PAIYAN wrote the dialogues. Heard that the dialogues were excellent and filled with Sarcasm- SI style 😛
He he he, now try to go and review those two and categorize them. I bet that neither Netflix nor any other provider has these films 😀
You write: He he he, now try to go and review those two and categorize them. I bet that neither Netflix nor any other provider has these films
You are so wrong.
Netflix has Sivaji Ganesan’s Andha Naal (1954).
We’ve added it to our queue and will watch it shortly.
Netflix even has Harischandra (1943). Pl see this screenshot.
I remember watching this movie Andha Naal (translates to That night, is it ?), on DD long back (17-18 years). A murder happens, and the incident is shown through the perspective of many witnesses.
Each one has a take on how it happened, or something like that. I didnt know any Tamil then, but the visuals and subtitles were enough, to follow the movie. I kind of liked the movie.
Andha Naal translates to That Day.
We should get Andha Naal in a week or so.
What happened…Running short of your sedatives?
Amitabh has always been an Al Pacino fan. He has mentioned this in his interviews. He copied Al Pacino’s acting skills from movie scarface, whether it was the talk, the walk or even sitting on a chair with one arm behind. Don’t believe me, than watch scarface. He is excellent actor, no doubt about it.
You write: He is excellent actor, no doubt about it
1. Are you referring to Al Pacino or Amitabh Bachchan?
2. If you are referring to Amitabh Bachchan, does the phrase ‘excellent actor’ include his performance in Agneepath?
Yo, do you watch Telugu movies. I was stuck in a movie hall yesterday with drunkards who were willing to sacrifice for their legend’s (read: Chiranjeevi) son on the screen. Yawn
Entira babai, yemi papam chesamu memu mammallini naraka yatana peduthunarru meeru. (Hey buddy, what sin have we done that you’d subject us to this ordeal)
Do anybody have any interest in Nagesh (Tamil Comedian). I have came across the following informative article. BTW, I am a big fan of Nagesh.
NAGESH: COMEDY KING OF TAMIL CINEMA
We’ve seen him in several movies including Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal and Ulagam Ivvolovuthan.
We may have met him but can’t be sure.
[Trash Talk] Amitji has acheived big in this life. [Trash Talk in Hindi]
Focus your energies on some Hindi blog.
You are in way over your head on the SI blog.
Heard it from one of my friends that acclaimed ‘Taare Zameen Par’ is loosely based on the French documentary film ‘Street avoir’ [English: To Be and To Have] which seems to have won many awards.
I have not seen the documentary. Let us know if it is true, in case it is possible for you to watch it 🙂
Netflix has Street avoir in both Instant Play and DVD.
Will watch it in a few days and let you know the similarities/differences between Street avoir and Taare Zameen Par.
Watch Nagesh in Panchatantram – Btw, where it stands in your Netflix queue? Or you’ve taken it off the queue? 😉
Panchathanthiram is in our queue at #9, sandwiched between John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers.
Disclaimer: Saying “Watch Nagesh in Panchatantram” does not mean that I recommend that Movie, and thus putting up my name in the top, and tearing off the movie would be viewed as unfair act 😉
Movies once recommended cannot be denied, returned or exchanged. All recommendations are final. 😉
Excerpt from a site – regarding ‘Etre et avoir’ (said to be the inspiration for TZP)
“On Friday, Lucy and I went to see “etre et avoir” (IMDB review). It is a delightful film telling the story of a school teacher in a small village school in the mountains near the Auvergne. The film was released last year in France and made a big impact, winning several awards.
The film is a documentary on the life of the pupils and the school. The classroom is filled with pupils from 4-11 and one teacher teaches them all at once”.
“The story, such as it is, is a series of vignettes, a lesson, or some play or a fight. You start to know the children and then see some of them at home working on farms mainly. This aspect of their life is fascinating, as you see the whole family arguing over a boy’s maths homework, then see him skillfully driving a tractor. You can see the different aspects in which the children as strong or weak, which changes your appreciation of each child”..
This film was released in 2002.
As we said in the earlier comment, we can see this movie any time because it’s in Netflix’ Instant Play.
If possible, we’ll watch it as early as tonight.
what is The Dreamers doing at the bottom.. Eva Green’s huge boobies should buoy it up to the top.
The big ones sag..hence it’s down at the bottom. 😉
Just saw ‘them’ via a video on metacafe.com.
Wonder if they are nature’s gifts or the surgeon’s handiwork.
I am pretty sure they are natural.. when she stands up they are bottom-heavy and when she lies down they spread instead of standing up like ugly cones..
please make sure that you include the boobanalysis in the review.. please don’t post my message, just post your reply..
Will do when we watch The Dreamers.
I just saw ‘them’… hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…(sigh)
Pathutaela, rombha kuduthu vechirindhael (seen it, then you must be so blessed)
Agnipath = piece of shit
Saawariya = Minor classic!
pass the joint my friend….i wanna be that high…
You write: i wanna be that high…
Bet you wanna be that long too. 😉
Dream on, ain’t no offense.
Agree with the sentiments expressed in your link.
Agneepath was junk.
Agneepath going to be remade with Hrithik as the lead actor & that worthless actress Priyanka Chopra!!
Real life criminal & that jonah Sanjay Dutt is also featuring in this movie!!
Though they say that its just an adaptation & not a remake
Can you imagine how this movie would be?? 😉
Who knows. It might win an Oscar!
I think you made a spelling error & you meant asskar 😉
Had to comment cos this review came up in the top banner.
Utterly bakwas movie.
I recall the horrid experience watching Bachchan trying to use a different voice mouthing stupid lines in this drag of a movie.
Another generation of Incredible Indians get to experience this infernal trash come Thursday (with Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor donning key roles in the remake).
So can we expect a review from SI for the Agneepath redux releasing tomorrow?? 😉
We’ve ‘outsourced’ it. 😉
i thought you reviewed new agneepath.
New Agneepath review coming this evening on SI.
It’s only 11:30AM on the East Coast and the shows haven’t started.
I didn’t look at the show times but I am surprised they didn’t have a Wednesday night show as is now customary for all big movies.
Also, you outsourced the review? 😉
Who knows? If you dig a deep grave and keep your expectations at its depth then maybe the movie is enjoyable! 😀
We couldn’t bear to see this garbage twice!
Our man in
HavanaNew Jersey is watching Agneepath right now (as we type).
Hopefully, the review should be up by 7PM ET.
Planning to see it?
I am not planning to see it but I look forward to your review.
Movie watching is on hold for probably another 2 weeks or so.
Mainstream movies I hope to watch this year are the Dark Knight sequel, Hobbit, Django Unchained and Vishwaroopam if it sees the light of the day. By the way your favorite Nayagan has wrapped the US schedule of Vishwaroopam and returned to India. You missed the opportunity to throw slippers at him in NYC. 🙂
Vishwaroopam from what we hear/read is an action/spy thriller.
Kollywood embarking on a spy thriller means a James Gaand movie for sure!
Safe House (Denzel Washington), Grey (Liam Neeson) & Artist look interesting based on the trailers.