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