Twenty-one years ago, Yash Johar produced the cult classic "Agneepath" with Amitabh Bahchan playing the lead and winning the National Award for best actor for his gritty portrayal of a Mumbai underworld gangster. Now Karan Johar is reprising the original, with the same title, under the Dharma Productions banner (launched by father Yash Johar in 1976). It is an ambitious film for him. The film is directed by his former assistant Karan Malhotra.
At the launch of the second theatrical trailer of "Agneepath," Johar told media that the remake was a tribute to his father's film. His intention is not to make a better film than the earlier one, but is a salutation to the magic of "Agneepath," created by Mukul Anand, the director, in 1990.
The first "Agneepath," besides Bachchan, also starred Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Rohini Hattangady and Neelam Kothari, with Danny Denzongpa as the villain.
In Karan Malhotra's "Agneepath," Hrithik Roshan plays the iconic Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, while Sanjay Dutt is Kancha Cheena, the baddie, and Priyanka Chopra, as Kaali, is the female lead.
In the official trailer of the film, Sanjay Dutt, the villain, looks intimidating enough with his bald head, big tattoos and earrings. It also has Rishi Kapoor in a negative role and Om Puri, while Mithun Chakraborty's character in Mukul Anand's version has been omitted from the new film. The film claims to be entirely dissimilar from the original one, but the famous dialogue, "Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, poora naam, baap ka naam Deenanath Chauhan, gaon Mandwa," remains unchanged.
The film was shot in UK, Hong Kong, India and Dubai.
Recently, the production house has released the second theatrical trailer of the film. Here are the official trailers.
Official trailer: One
Official trailer: Two