Agneepath: 20 years later?
More than 20 years after he first mesmerised an entire generation with his baritone and signature dialogue, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is going to be back on celluloid, but this time in a different avatar.
Producer Karan Johar said the original film which was produced by his father didnât âmeet commercial expectationsâ and he thought this one would hit bullâs eye. Directed by debutant Karan Malhotra, the film stars Hrithik Roshan as Chauhan while Sanjay Dutt plays dreaded villain Kancha.
âThis isnât a remake, it is more like a tribute to the original film, which has now achieved cult status,â Johar said.
At the launch of the teaser trailer on Monday, the entire cast was at pains to explain that the new âAgneepathâ wasnât a âremakeâ of the 1990 film, saying there were a lot of structural changes in the story.
One of those changes is that Mithun Chakrabortyâs much loved Krishnan Iyer M.A. character wonât be seen afresh. Also Priyanka Chopra doesnât play a nurse in the film and according to director Malhotra, âthe only similarity is that the film begins and ends in Mandwaâ (a port town near Mumbai).
After Chandra Barotâs âDonâ (1978), which was re-made by Farhan Akhtar and âUmrao Jaanâ, which was re-made by J P Dutta, this is the third major Bollywood film which is being looked at anew. While the first two werenât big hits (âUmrao Jaanâ wasnât even a hit), Akhtarâs sequel to the new âDonâ is one of the big releases this year, scheduled for a Christmas release.
âAgneepathâ releases in January 2012, but Johar is already keen on building a buzz around the film, and says he is feeling his way around it, because he isnât used to violence in his films.
âThe only violent scene in my films so far has been when Amitji (Bachchan) slapped Hrithik in âKabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghamââ, he said to much laughter.
What do you think of âAgneepathâ being remade? Is it a good idea?