Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
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 didn’t “meet commercial expectations” and he thought this one would hit bull’s eye. Directed by debutant Karan Malhotra, the film stars Hrithik Roshan as Chauhan while Sanjay Dutt plays dreaded villain Kancha.
“This isn’t a remake, it is more like a tribute to the original film, which has now achieved cult status,” Johar said.
At the launch of the teaser trailer on Monday, the entire cast was at pains to explain that the new “Agneepath” wasn’t a “remake” of the 1990 film, saying there were a lot of structural changes in the story.
One of those changes is that Mithun Chakraborty’s much loved Krishnan Iyer M.A. character won’t be seen afresh. Also Priyanka Chopra doesn’t play a nurse in the film and according to director Malhotra, “the only similarity is that the film begins and ends in Mandwa” (a port town near Mumbai).
After Chandra Barot’s “Don” (1978), which was re-made by Farhan Akhtar and “Umrao Jaan”, 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 weren’t big hits (“Umrao Jaan” wasn’t even a hit), Akhtar’s sequel to the new “Don” is one of the big releases this year, scheduled for a Christmas release.
“Agneepath” 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 isn’t used to violence in his films.
“The only violent scene in my films so far has been when Amitji (Bachchan) slapped Hrithik in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’”, he said to much laughter.
What do you think of “Agneepath” being remade? Is it a good idea?