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Busy: Sanjay Dutt Smitten by the original

Though the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Agneepath may not have caught the attention of many, the remake has already grabbed eyeballs. But 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. Yash Johar had produced the original and now, his son Karan has remade the film 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 maybe the film was too ahead of times. Mukul is a brilliant director in his work, his vision was so much ahead of his time (sic),” Sanjay said in an interview.

“I have seen the original film several times. I loved the dialogues of the film and the 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 the same. The revenge story where Vijay comes to Mandwa is same. It is a revenge story but the setting is totally different. It is a 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 real, grounded and rustic film,” Sanjay said.

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

The woes of a common man

Akshaye Khanna’s character in the film Gali Gali Chor Hai is called Mr Bharat and represents the common man, according to the film’s director-writer Rumy Jafry. “The film depicts the common man's day-to-day life, a la the R K Laxman cartoons.”

All is fine in Mr Bharat’s world till he gets involved with the issue of exploitation. Then life takes an unprecedented turn and there begins the struggle to fight the virus plaguing the society at large. Akshaye reveals, “Bharat is blissfully unaware of the happenings of the country until he is caught in the system himself and is taken to a point of frustration. He then takes a stand and sets out to correct all the wrongdoing.”

And just like the mass protest happening in the country against corruption at present, it is collective action that comes to Bharat’s rescue in the film. Rumy adds, “Corruption is a vicious circle where you can’t get rid of a situation. Though the plot is peppered with humour, it will also make people think about the issue seriously.” Gali Gali Chor Hai releases on February 3. 

Charged up: The toss between Mohanlal and Vishal.Of cricket and stars

The team of ‘Chennai Rhinos’, led by actor Vishal, emerged triumphant at the recent CCL match held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The CCL-I winners who had lost their first game to ‘Mumbai Heroes’ had a thrilling victory against ‘Kerala Strikers’ led by Mohanlal. ‘Chennai Rhinos’ put up a score of 115 runs and in return, ‘Kerala Strikers’ could only manage 113 runs.

The stadium was packed to hilt and saw a huge turnout of stars from various film industries. The maximum cheers were saved for superstar Mohanlal and the stadium reverberated with a deafening sound the moment he took to the ground.

Both the teams put up a brilliant show and as usual, the glam quotient was high in the dugout areas with actresses like Amla Paul, Sonia Aggarwal, Bhavana, Madhushalini and many more cheering for their favourites. Lizzy Priyadarshan was seen along with her husband — director Priyadarshan. However, she seemed pretty disappointed with the end result and Mohanlal was seen cheering her up.

Suchitra Mohanlal, the star’s wife who rarely makes any public appearance, was seen at the match too. 

Heaps of praises

Actor Riteish Deshmukh, who is looking forward to his upcoming release Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, has praised music composers Sachin-Jigar for the amazing soundtrack of the movie. “Thank you all for such overwhelming response to the music of Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya. Sachin and Jiigar are truly magical and gifted music directors,” the 33-year-old posted on Twitter.

The film, which is set for a February 24 release, will have Bollywood’s latest to-be couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza in the lead roles. They are coming together on screen after eight years, after their 2004 release Masti. Directed by Mandeep Kumar, it is a romantic comedy.

Tryst with Kenya

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who was last seen in multi-starrer movie ‘Players’, is looking forward to his trip to Kenya. “Leaving for Kenya on the 26th (Jan). There are a couple of things to do before I go; will keep u posted. Looking forward to it (sic),” the 30-year-old posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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