Finally the over-hyped and much-awaited flick ‘Agent Vinod’ hit the screens today. Let’s check out whether it meets the high expectations…
Indian Film Industry has witnessed innumerable spying stories since ages. Right from the era of legendary Jitendra, Dharmendra, Mithun Chakraborty to the latest era of Shahrukh, Akshay, Sunny Deol all have don a spy avatar. But they stand nowhere near to Bond and Bourne.
Now with ‘Agent Vinod’, the industry seems to have given birth to one.
Sriram Raghavan has taken the title from 1977’s hit movie ‘Agent Vinod’, starring Mahendra Sandhu, but he has developed a brand new plotline of his own. It is an ultra-glossy and stylish desi Bond movie that takes you on a tumultuous tour across continents. Its neat narration keeps you tied throughout the movie. It is really a well-packaged secret agent movie.
Major highlight is Saif Ali Khan’s flawless performance in the film. The story is the USP. Dialogues are witty and breathe life into the film.
Pritam’s music, CK Muraleedharan’s cinematography, Peter Heins-Parvez Khan’s stunts, Pooja Ladha Surti’s sharp-edged editing and all-embracing locations are the other attraction of the film.
The story kicked off with a string of apparently unconnected events, all over the globe. In Uzbekistan, an ex KGB officer is tortured and murdered. In Cape Town, a group of International business tycoons discuss a rumor that the dead KGB officer had a nuclear suitcase bomb hidden away. In Moscow, an Indian secret agent is exposed. The agent is shot dead while trying to send a code red message to India. In India, the head of the raw sees the incomplete message. All it contains is a number 242.
Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) is the kind of agent who first kicks the door open and then finds out what's behind it. His eccentric approach puts him in dangerous situations but he manages to get the crucial leads. Vinod is sent to Moscow to investigate why his colleague was killed.
A series of twists and turns take agent Vinod across the globe from Marakkesh to Riga, Karachi to Delhi and finally London where he discovers the ultimate conspiracy.
Saif Ali Khan, who has taken long time after ‘Aarakshan’ to get into the skin of a spy, has delivered perfect performance. He has a distinct style of dialogue delivery and he is a treat to watch on screen all through.
Kareena Kapoor has a completely different and important role here and she has absolutely lived unto it.
The baddie of 70’s and 80’s, Prem Chopra makes sure to rock again as a villain. Dhritiman Chatterjee, Adil Hussain, Gulshan Grover, Zakir Hussain, Shahbaaz Khan, Ram Kapoor, Ravi Kishen have delivered superb performances that really suit a Hollywood spy movie.
The only thing works against the film is that there is too much happening and there are too many characters involved and Agent Vinod gets lost seldom times in the process.
In a nut shell, ‘Agent Vinod’ is purely a desi Bond movie made with Hollywood standards. It is truly a Saif and Sriram’s Ugadi treat for the audience. It has the capacity to enthrall even Hollywood audience.
Producer: Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan
Director: Sriram Raghavan
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Adil Hussain, Gulshan Grover, Zakir Hussain, Shahbaaz Khan, Ram Kapoor and Ravi Kishen
Music: Pritam Chakraborty