Remakes are a territory that Bollywood has been treading for a while. From the smash hit Don (2006) to the infamous Aag (2007), directors have tried to replicate the success of classics for a while now. And with the promo of the new Agneepath out, the question remains whether the Karan Johar’s drama is going to please the old fans, who have grown up on Vijay Dinanath Chauhan’s husky voice and Kancha Cheena’s subtle viciousness.
“I’ve seen the original and I found it to be a little boring. I expect the new one to be more nicely paced and more suited to the current times,” says Abhinav Tiwari, a marketing professional. Film critic, Taran Adarsh says that the response to the promo has been tremendous. “This one looks far more dramatic and interesting. And just the star power involved with Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra is massive. On top of that Sanjay Dutt has a deadly getup,” says Adarsh.
In fact, Dutt’s look from the trailer is the one getting most buzz. “Sanjay looks nice and menacing in his new avatar. I am looking forward to watch the movie,” says Kowsik K, a student from Delhi University. But some fans find it too dramatic. “Danny was outstanding in the original because of the understated viciousness. Sanjay looks like a demon unleashed from hell in this one,” says Samir Paul, a software professional. “I wasn’t impressed by the teaser. Chances are that the name will probably be the only similarity between the two movies. Kancha has been reduced to a caricature of Voldermort,” says Vikram Suresh, an entrepreneur.
Some others, who love the original, are also sceptical about the remake. “Karan Johar’s movies are stylish, but invariably lack depth. This one will probably have fancy sets, but I will come out wishing the script had been stronger,” adds Paul.