Agneepath (2012) | 10 Facts That Will Make You Watch The Full Movie
Agneepath (English: The Path of Fire) is a 2012 Indian action drama film produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions. It is a reboot of the 1990 film of the same name and was directed by Johar’s former assistant Karan Malhotra. The screenplay was written by Malhotra along with Ila Dutta Bedi.
Johar pays tribute to his father, Yash Johar, the producer of the original, through the film. The music of the film was composed by Ajay-Atul, with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Though publicised as a remake, the film borrows only the basic plot of the original, while making the characters and incidents completely different.
The film’s title was taken from a poem of the same name by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, which forms a thematic link through the film, both literally and metaphorically.
Hrithik Roshan plays the lead role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan and Sanjay Dutt plays the role of the antagonist Kancha Cheena, originally played by Amitabh Bachchan and Danny Denzongpa respectively, with Rishi Kapoor portraying the newly introduced character of Rauf Lala.
The supporting cast include Om Puri as Commissioner Gaitonde, Priyanka Chopra as Kaali Gawde and Zarina Wahab as Suhasini Chauhan, with Katrina Kaif featuring in an item number. The film follows the struggle of a common man, Vijay Chauhan, as he seeks revenge from Kancha, for wrongly framing and murdering his father in the island village of Mandwa.
In the process he befriends an underworld drug lord Rauf Lala and falls in love with a loquacious girl, Kaali Gawde.
Principal photography of Agneepath took place in Diu and Mumbai, with several accidents taking place on the sets. After several issues such as plagiarism charges and release-date postponement, Agneepath released on 26 January 2012 in 2650 screens worldwide, coinciding with the Republic Day celebrations.
Made on a budget of ₹600 million (US$8.7 million), the film broke the highest opening day collections record in India and became a major critical and commercial success with a worldwide gross of ₹1.93 billion (US$28 million). It has since emerged as one of the highest-grossing films of all time in Bollywood.
The following year Agneepath received five nominations at the annual Filmfare Awards ceremony, and won five IIFA Awards and four Zee Cine Awards.
Hrithik Roshan as Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, a man seeking to avenge the murder of his father and his wife.
Sanjay Dutt as Kancha Cheena. An unscrupulous man, often mocked for his hairless appearance; he runs Mandwa as a concentration camp and exploits the villagers in order to deal in cheap cocaine.
Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala, an underworld Don. He runs a meat business and simultaneously deals in drugs and prostitution.
Om Puri as Commissioner Gaitonde. He is a brutally honest cop who develops a close bond with Vijay.
Priyanka Chopra as Kaali Gawde, a talkative girl. She loves Vijay and provides moral support in his quest for revenge.
Zarina Wahab as Suhasini Deenanath Chauhan, Vijay’s mother. She tries hard to dissuade Vijay against choosing a path of violence.
Chetan Pandit as Master Deenanath Chauhan, Vijay’s father. A morally upright man, he is wrongly framed for the rape and murder of a young girl and is subsequently killed by Kancha.
Sachin Khedekar as Mr. Borkar. He is the Home Secretary of Maharashtra and an aide of Kancha.
Rajesh Tandon as Mazhar Lala, Rauf Lala’s elder son. He is suspicious of Vijay’s loyalties.
Deven Bhojani as Azhar Lala, a mentally challenged younger son of Rauf Lala.
Rajesh Vivek as Mr. Bakshi, a police inspector who doubles as Kancha’s informer.
Banwarilal Taneja as Kancha’s father.
Ravi Jhankal as Shantaram, Kancha’s aid who conspires with Vijay.
Kanika Tiwari as Shiksha Deenanath Chauhan, Vijay’s sister. She lives with her mother and is unaware of Vijay’s existence.
Pankaj Tripathi as Surya.
Brijendra Kala as Muneem.
Katrina Kaif as “Chikni Chameli” (special appearance).
Madhurjeet Sarghi as Lachhi, Kaali’s mother.
Arish Bhiwandiwala as the younger Vijay Chauhan.
Vraddhi Sharma as a journalist.
Inaamulhaq as one of the villager.
Ali Asgar (actor) as Qawwal in Mazhar’s wedding
Rajendra Chawla as Qawwal in Mazhar’s wedding
Hrithik told in an interview that while fighting with Sanjay Dutt he was really injured and his acting in the end was real.
In Sanjay Dutt’s 30 years career, this is the first time he appeared bald in a film.
Due to the look of Sanjay Dutt’s character being very dark and sinister, there was a lot of interest in the movie before its release. However post the release of Agneepath, it was Rishi Kapoor who got lauded for his great performance as a negative chracter for the first time. Rishi Kapoor’s performance was highly acclaimed , even more so than the lead actor Hrithik Roshan’s.
The film was an official remake of the original Agneepath but several things were changed, like the backdrop of drugs was introduced, the reason for the death of Vijay’s father was changed, Mithun’s character was done away with, and Rishi Kapoor’s new character was introduced.
Hrithik Roshan sports a number of colorful vests in the film, actually those were white vests which his designers colored using dye.
Rishi Kapoor wasn’t keen to play the negative character of Rauf Lala as he hadn’t played such a role in his career of 38 years but producer Karan Johar and director Karan Malhotra showed confidence in him and assured him that he can do it.
In single screen cinema’s the tickets were sold at very high rate outside the theatre’s.
Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt worked after 12 years since Mission Kashmir, coincidentally in both Sanjay Dutt kills his father.
Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor last worked together in Sahibaan (1993) where both were lead heroes.
Producer Karan Johar had offered song Chikani Chameli to Kareena Kapoor. Kareena Kapoor had acted in movie Chameli in the past.
Rishi Kapoor’s character is called Rauf Lala its also the name of a Pakistani stand of comedian who won the great Indian laughter challenge 2 in 2006.
The song Chikni Chameli was inspired from Ajay Atul’s own composition Kombdi Pallai a hit Marathi song from film Jatra 2005.
Nana Patekar was offered the role of Kaancha Cheena but he declined it and it went to Sanjay Dutt.
Abhisheik Bachchan was also considered for the lead role but he declined it.
Karan Johar said that he wanted to remake the film because the original film Agneepath 1990 starring Amitabh Bachan did not do well at the box office and as his his father was the producer of the film he want it to remake.
The scenes depicting Mandwa was shot in Diu in freezing temperatures. For the song Cheekni Chameli the set was created in Mumbai.
The film was very different from the original many new plots were added to the film where as Mithun Chakraborthy’s character from original was not part of remake.
Unlike in the original Agneepath, in this version a couple of songs were picturised on Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, one of which he also sung.