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Film Review: Agent Vinod

Agent Vinod could have been India’s answer to spy franchises across the world. It had the right elements but alas, over-indulgence became its bane. What could have been a taut, racy, espionage thriller ended up as a fanboy contribution to wasted potential. But unlike any.

By Mar 24,2012  3

Agent Vinod could have been India’s answer to spy franchises across the world. It had the right elements but alas, over-indulgence became its bane. What could have been a taut, racy, espionage thriller ended up as a fanboy contribution to wasted potential.

But unlike any Bond movie, this boasts of an amazing line up of great actors lost in the sands of time. Just that the film is so profusely packed with gripping action, there is not much left for the actors unfortunately. The dialogues are cheesy and partially on your face infused with some comedy, just for the sake of it. Saif Ali Khan has clearly given his blood, sweat and tear to this movie. He is sharp, suave and handsome to every bit as seen in the trailers and promos. For the record, this spy has a funny bone which fizzles out faster than Appy Fizz.

Kareena Kapoor’s character, which more of a liability in the film is unjustifiably used, merely as a victimized glam quotient. You miss the usual spunk associated with her.

The action sequences are well-executed,so to speak,with few misses. The background score is a fantastic riveting montage of odd-comical-serious type of music. The Pungi song, in a way is a reflection to that. Raabta is again a well picturised number with poetry in motion, skimming from frame to frame. The prelude of the much-talked about mujra Dil Mera Muft Ka, choreographed by Saroj Khan is reminiscent of the sexiness of a three-person tango in take-the-lead, only that this one is a twosome. After that, it is dismal and blunt.It lacks the story power of Johnny Gaddar and element of surprise that Ek Haseena Thi had. After movies like Johnny Gaddar, it is a  disappointment from Sriram Raghavan.

Certainly, it is not a cool film to hang out with.

Reviewed by: Subhra Priyadarshini

 

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  • Bharat

    Sloppy writing by someone who has clearly not watched this movie…

  • Vici0us_Sid

    Don’t agree with the critique below. The shooting scene with Raabta playing in the background is pure poetry, a delightful combination of Lynch and Tarantino. The action sequences are raw and gritty and the gadgetry used is relatable. The weak link is the fluctuation in momentum and the abrupt changes in tone and tenor. The reviewer, I believe, has done a good job here.

  • Partha

    There are lot of “fails” in d movie…… Like Saif using Bose headphones in the helicopter(I didn’t know private aviation companies r so damn freaking rich), the Indian intel chief talks abt geostationary spy satellites but shows feeds from traffic cams, the dramatisation of using a toy helicopter in some footage over new Delhi n so on n so forth.

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