Original Agneepath was ahead of its time: Sanjay Dutt

‘Though Amitabh Bachchan starrer Agneepath did not catch the eye of the audience, actor Sanjay Dutt, who plays the dreaded villain in the latest version, feels the original was much ahead of its time.

The 1990 cult classic, directed by Mukul Anand, featured Big B as the iconic Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, Danny Denzongpa as Kancha Cheena, the baddie, and Mithun Chakraborty as the lovable coconut seller Krishnan Iyer MA. Despite a stellar cast Agneepath failed at the box office commercially but Bachchan’s performance was praised.

Producer Yash Johar’s son, Karan has remade the film in the same name now starring Hrithik Roshan and Dutt. It has already created quite a buzz, unlike the original.

“I loved the film (original) and if I was the whole of audience, I would have made it a big hit. I think may be the film was too ahead of times..Mukul is a brilliant director in his work…his vision was so much ahead of his time,” Sanjay said in an interview.’

‘”I have seen original film several times. I lived the dialogues of the film and performances of Amitji, Danny and Mithun Da,” he said.

Although the remake would have new actors reprising the iconic characters again, except for the basic plot of revenge, the new ‘Agneepath’ has a different story.

“The premise is same. Vijay Dinanth Chauhan, Kancha is there…the revenge story where Vijay comes to Mandwa is same. It is a revenge story but the setting is totally different. It is very grounded film here Kancha wears dhoti, kurti and kolhapuri footwear and Vijay is also a simple man. He (Karan Malhotra) has made it as a very real grounded and rustic film,” Sanjay said.

The new Agneepath also featuring Priyanka Chopra is up for release on January 26.’


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  1. sputnik 10 years ago

    I know Ajay Devgn was disappointed: Sanjay Dutt

    “Is Ajay upset about Rascals? He hasn’t told me but I know he was disappointed. He asked me to just forget it. ”

    “Agneepath releases this week… Yes it’s a role which fascinated and repelled me. When Karan Malhotra came and narrated me the script that I was blown away by it. It was phenomenal! Kancha Cheena is the most complex, crazy, dark, unpredictable and evil character I have ever played in my life. I was an anti-hero in Khalnayak but this guy is too evil! Kancha is a very dark character his lines are very funny! One of my favourite lines is when Hrithik’s father comes to me and says, ‘Hum usko milke maarenge.’ To which I retort, ‘Tu kya kisiko marega mama?’ He’s an old, half-dead guy how will he help me? I have some really good one-liners in the film.

    Did you have any objections to becoming bald for the role? Yes. When Karan (Malhotra) told me I had to go bald for the role, initially I objected. I told him I could do prosthetics. A lady from Los Angeles came and we had the look test with the prosthetics. But the real test came in Diu where it was so hot the prosthetics melted. It took me three hours to put it on and two to take off. When I put it on and went out there it just melted in the heat! There was a unit of 500 people and we had to decide what to do. I couldn’t keep putting it back on and off. I just had to take a call so I told Karan that I would shave off my hair as there was no other way out. I think it was the best thing I did because it helped me in my performance. Imagine something stuck on your head for 10 hours. Everything gets restricted and I can’t focus on my performance. As it gets hotter and hotter as you get more irritable. It was the best thing that happened and luckily my other producers understood. But when I went bald on the first day I felt funny…

    From being a great-looking guy you look ugly and menacing in Agneepath. Did you ever feel insecure about the way you looked as compared to Hrithik? If I said yes to the script that means the character attracted me. I never had any insecurities with anybody in the industry in the last 32 years, why should I have it now?”


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