(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.
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