No doubt expectations and anticipation are sky high from any music album that bears the label of a premier production house like Dharma Productions as they have delivered some memorable soundtracks for their films. However it has been mostly those films that have been directed by Karan Johar that have seen some high quality music and the same consistency has not been shown in films being directed by outside directors (barring a rare DOSTANA). In fact their last outing (with an outside director at the helm of affairs!), WE ARE FAMILY, was quite an average sounding album. But with Karan Johar taking an active interest in AGNEEPATH
, along with the fact that it stars one of the hottest superstar, Hrithik Roshan
, and brings back the talented duo, Ajay-Atul, who have shown that they can handle the big canvas as well (SINGHAM), keeps the expectation flag flying high, for the music of this cult classic remake! So let us check out for ourselves how Ajay-Atul cross this line of fire (Agneepath
) and whether they deliver yet another blockbuster this time!
The album sees a bombastic start with 'Chikni Chameli'
, the item number that has been the talk of Bollywood and its patrons ever since it's picturisation on the audience's numero-uno actress, Katrina Kaif
. Her electrifying 'Koli'
dance (which is a dance form of Koli fishing community of Maharashtra) moves choreographed to perfection by Ganesh Acharya are simply awesome and one is left spellbound by her dance maneuvers and it would not be an exaggeration to say that this is one of the best 'Koli'
dance numbers in recent times. The song and especially Katrina's get up is reminiscent of legendary dancing queen and Bollywood's first item girl, Helen's iconic 'Mungda'
(INKAAR) and it's a certainty that the house would come down (and a few chairs broken!) when the song is screened on 26th January. As is known the dance number has been recreated as well as refurbished in Hindi from Ajay-Atul's very own super hit composition, 'Kombadi Palali'
from the Marathi film, JATRA. The electrifying dance number is very earthy, very raw and rustic and naturally all Marathi in its origin yet it's very universally appealing and that is because of its superb racy rhythm that just grips the listeners and just never slackens the pace. The fun continues even in the 'antara'
and just never let's go. Shreya Ghoshal continues from where she left in 'Ooh La La'
and in fact goes a step ahead with her 'bindaas'
emotive, seductive rendition. And of course the new age lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya has done a splendid job of providing just the proper words which would suit the super racy rhythm as well as blend harmoniously with the on screen attitude and image of Katrina. Needless to add, a chartbuster all the way!
Highly talented singer Roop Kumar Rathod returns to the centre stage after quite a long time with a brief track, 'O Saiyaan'
, the last time that one remembers him was for Shah Rukh Khan's
memorable love ditty, 'Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai'
(RAB NE BANA DI JODI), and this number too is a love ballad. The emphasis is more on Roop's silk smooth vocals as composers provide minimal music arrangements in the background, almost like an unplugged version. The piano beats, 'sitar', 'tabla' and the soothing orchestra which culminates in a superb crescendo will be loved and appreciated by the discerning music lovers, although its' slow drawl rhythm may prove to be a deterrent.
While the late Mukul Anand took pains to etch out Master's character, here Karan Malhotra quickly runs through the process without dwelling into how important Master's existence is to the whole plot. He expects his newer audience to have seen the old film. -
As someone who is into the 'flesh trade' and drug mafia, Rishi Kapoor is a poor choice. Simply because he fails to characterize evil in a way it was meant to be. Pawan Malhotra could have been a good choice. -
The film is 20 minutes too long. A couple of songs could have been done away with. The birthday song for Vijay's sister and the wedding song for Rauf's son. -
Madhavi's role (that of a nurse) though small, left a lasting impression. Priyanka Chopra
's role has been very poorly defined leaving no room for the actress to improvise or act. -
Finally, even 15 years later, Kancha is still the same fit old villain. Nothing changes for him, not even his style of dressing. Danny has aged considerably in the original. Dutt's make-over has not been looked into properly. His style of dialogue delivery and his bald pate gives one a 'comical feel'. For a character that is supposed to have you shuddering, it's
very weakly scripted. However, he makes up towards the end. CHECK OUT: AGNEEPATH - A new phase of acting begins for Rishi KapoorHighpoints: -
The dinner table scene this time is powerful where Vijay is shown grabbing his thali
and devouring his mother's food after 15 years. Touching. -
The entire sequence where Vijay rescues his sister from being sold by Rauf Lala is gripping till the time Shiksha learns who Vijay really is. For 15 years, she never knew she had a brother. And, it is only here, that Rishi manages to go top gear in the evil department. -
The climax more than makes up for the weak beginning. Even though there are a few cinematic liberties that the director takes, you as a viewer want to root out the evil.-
The Chikni Chameli
item song which I have already mentioned. -
Hrithik double crossing Rauf Lala is smartly executed. He moves in for his own selfish motives, but is smart enough not to leave a trail. Malhotra handles these moments with the ease of a seasoned pro.
Hrithik conforms himself to the mould set by Amitabh. He sticks to the plot working with vengeance as his crutch. If you blank out Amitabh's performance in the original, Hrithik stands out. He is cool, calculative and not afraid of death. Remember he has Maut ke saath apintment!
Kanika Tiwari who plays Hrithik's sister towers in her brief role. A youngster pitied against seasoned stars like Priyanka and Hrithik, she holds her own in pivot scenes to steal the show.
The entire production is first rate. The songs, especially the Ganapati immersion and the wedding of Rauf Lala's son, are picturised beautifully with well-choreographed dances.
Although it will not have a recall value like the old AGNEEPATH, this surely is a 'must one-time-watch'. Rating : 4/5