Sanket’s Review: “Agent Vinod” is a lazy attempt.

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor.

Director: Sriram Raghavan

Length: 2.35 hours approximately

AGENT VINOD is a film that is dragged to an undeserving 155 minutes which has a 15 minutes introduction scene of Saif in the beginning. The film could have been easily brought to 20-25 minutes shorter as the story doesn’t have much in it. It’s a film that has been made on such a huge canvas that it pulls the bar of expectations but what we get on screen is far behind of the hype that the film has. Director does the film over the top because in each of his sequence, one can notice that the film is trying to be clever, but its actually not!

The writers are to be blamed for the half-baked role written for Kareena Kapoor. Her character more so becomes a caricature, thanks to filmy dialogues and poor direction. Also the screenplay writers fail to maintain rhythm of the film because every scene is followed by some random action and chase scene.

Why the first half of the film partially works is because you know almost nothing about where the story will head and the curiosity is still there to know, what will be there in its kitty! But as the film proceeds further, the pace slackens because what we get in the name of story is same old rehashed version of spy film. There are some delicious moments in first half like the one where Kareena’s character is introduced to interrogate Saif with heavy doses. Also the one when Saif Ali Khan cons Prem Chopra to clone his cell. It’s a humorous as well as a thrilling scene. But sadly, there are very few such scenes in this long flick.

The film does pick some pace post intermission but again it drops down soon because there are so many characters introduced in this half that you don’t exactly figure out that why these characters are needed! The Gulshan Grover episode with the mujra dance is the best part of the film because it thrills and the appearance of Gulshan Grover lightens up the screen. But the film is so dragged that you beg for a spare. The moment you feel that the film is about to end, you are served with yet another story.

Pritam’s music is very good. All four songs leave strong impact and all are energetically choreographed. Special mention to the choreographer for “Dil Mera Muft Ka” which is shot in lavish venue and is bound with some bold dance steps. The cinematographer doesn’t give any such views which will please the eyes. Sriram Raghavan fails to execute the film because his aesthetics and nuances about this film clearly lacks. It’s a lazy attempt and hence it should have been handled well by the director.

Saif Ali Khan is fantastic as he delivers everything to the perfection. For him alone, Agent Vinod becomes a watchable fare. He infuses life in the film. Kareena Kapoor is saddled by badly sketched role for her. Among all others, Prem Chopra is damn impressive.

AGENT VINOD is disappointing and boring often. The film lacks a decent plot and also the director fails to create any interest among the viewers. There are few countable good scenes and a terrific performance by Saif Ali Khan in this otherwise mediocre action flick.

Rating- 2/5 (Average)

  1. sputnik 10 years ago

    Bad news for those who were looking forward to Agent Vinod.

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    sanket porwal 10 years ago

    Vicky Donor promo has got out of this world response in my show. I mean people were laughing continuously for the whole promo.

    Same is the case with HF2′s new promo. The promo has papa band bajaye and anarkali song and maximum footage is given to ritesh deshmukh in this promo. People loved the promo.

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    sanket porwal 10 years ago

    Yeah bro, its a colossal disappointment! It was one of my most awaited film list and that too in top 3! 🙁

  4. I.One 10 years ago

    Ohh dear!

    I had decided to watch this movie tonite. But reconsidering my decision after reading Sanket’s review.

  5. narad_muni 10 years ago

    Somehow, I had this feeling that the movie will turn out to be a colossal disappointment and it is indeed turning out to be.

    It is really sad that a director of Sriram Raghavan’s calibre has delivered such a bad product but I had this bad feeling whenever a star’s home production is mounted on such a grand scale and what happens normally is the director’s vision takes a backseat and the narrative gets burdened with ‘other’ gimmicks.

    Same thing I felt for RA.ONE.

  6. aryan 10 years ago

    Sanket – Good review and what about collection I had expected around 60 Cr what do u think it will cross or less.

  7. I.One 10 years ago

    Once decided about going to a movie its very difficult to revert back. So I had to watch a movie tonite. Sanket’s review has made me shift towards some other movie. I will in most probably will watch “The Hunger Games”. Skipping Agent Vinod. No hard feelings Saif, I follow one simple principle – I need value for my money.

  8. aryan 10 years ago


    I need value for my money.

    good decision.

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    sanket porwal 10 years ago

    narad Muni, spot on. Well Put. The canvas on which Av was made was really big and what came off as a film was not even half of what the hype is! If the film does 50cr, its an achievement. Kahaani will recieve the benefit of AV’s failure!

    I.One- My friend saw Hunger Gamews and he pretty much liked it as he recommended it to me.

    Aryan- Thanks 🙂 I dont think this film is doing anything more than 50cr! 60cr, no way! People didnt like it. I went with two friends. One did not like it and one found decent.

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