Agneepath (1990)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 54 mins

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Dark and intense, this action-oriented drama follows the trials and triumphs in the life of Vijay Chauhan aka ‘Bhai’ (Bachchan) witnesses his schoolmaster father (Nath) being falsely implicated in a scandal with a prostitute and lynched by the villagers. Bhai grows up to become a gangster and encounters the main villain Kancha Cheena (Denzongpa) in a luxurious place in Mauritius. He joins the villain’s gang only to have him arrested by the police. When Cheena is released (by arranging to have a key eyewitness killed), Vijay murders Cheena after negotiating the ‘path of fire’ referred to in the film’s title. Will there be any hope for redemption of Vijay's wounded spirit?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Madhavi Sharma

Crew: Mukul Anand (Director), Pravin Bhatt (Director of Photography), Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar (Music Director), Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama

Release Dates: 16 Feb 1990 (India)

Tagline: The path of fire

Hindi Name: अग्निपथ

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Did you know? Danny Denzongpa suggested the antagonist screen name "Kaancha Cheena" to director Mukul Anand. Read More
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as Vijay Dinanath Chavan
as Mary Matthew
Supporting Actor
as Police Constable
as Shanti / Laila (as Archana Puransingh)
as Chanda Bai
as Usman
as Kancha Cheena
as Anna Shetty
as Dhinkar Rao
as Krishnan Iyer MA
as Shetty
as Siksha Chavan
as Vijays henchman
as Suhasini Chavan
as Himself
as Terelin
as Nathu (Kaka)
as Commissioner M. S. Gaitonde




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Associate Producer


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Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

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The path of fire
This movie was remade in 2012 with the same title, by Johar's son Karan Johar, as a tribute to his father.

The lead actors, Bachchan and Chakraborty received the National Film Award for Best Actor and Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award respectively for their performances in this movie.

The title and opening sequences of this movie borrow from a poem by Bachchan’s father Harivanshrai Bachchan, and show today’s New Man walking through the fires of hell to redeem a brutalised world and make it into a new utopia.

In spite of Mukul Anand’s usual fast-moving camera and distorted perspectives, the film occasionally lapses into earlier cinematic idioms (e.g. the foot-stomping song picturisation of Archana Puran Singh’s Alibaba song). Anand’s familiar anachronisms suggest that very different historical epochs are ‘actually’ very similar: an exotic James Bond- type tourist resort and the blood and stench of Bombay’s gang wars.

Although still playing the vigilante hero, Bachchan initially abandoned his well-known baritone voice to suggest an older man speaking in a heavy ‘Bombay Hindi’ accent, but he later had to re-dub the voice when the experiment proved unpopular.

Mithun Chakraborty's unique role of Kishnan Iyer was inspired by one of his room mates of his struggling days, before he become a popular film star. In his struggling days Mithun used to be be room sharing with Devio who used to pay rs 150 while Mithun Used to pay rs 75. Devio had the a bed while Mithun used to sleep on the floor, one specific time Mithun used his bed whilst he was at work and when Devio came back he scolded Mithun. This incident remained with Mithun and he put Devio's character on screen.

Amitabh received tremendous flak initially for his voice but the role remains one of his most memorable characters, till today Amitabh is mostly imitated by his act in this film.

To give Amitabh Bachchan the gangster look, his mouth was stuffed with cotton wool underneath both cheeks, as was Marlon Brando's in The Godfather (1972)

There was a bedroom scene in the original script after Amitabh has an argument with his mother he goes to Madhavi for comfort. Amitabh Bachchan didn't feel comfortable about it and when he asked the director to alter the scene it was removed.

Danny Denzongpa suggested the antagonist screen name "Kaancha Cheena" to director Mukul Anand.

The song Jhumma Chumma De De was actually planned for this film but the director felt it would not go with Amitabh's role and hence the song was replaced by Ali Baba and Jhumma Chumma was used in HUM.

Tinnu Anand had to shave his head bald to make the age difference between him and Amitabh Bachchan, as he played the role of his uncle.

The movie is inspired by a poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Deepak Shirke made his debut with the film.

Amitabh Bachchan celebrated two events on April 8, 1991 at Go Bananas, Santacruz (Mumbai). The first occasion was to celebrate the actor bagging the National Award for Agneepath (1990) and the second was Jaya Bhaduri's (his wife) birthday at the stroke of midnight.

Though Deepak Shirke, Avtar Gill, Danny are older in the film then Bachchan, in reality all are either of same age to him or are younger. Amitabh Bachchan's mother played by Rohini is actually much younger to him in real life.
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Remade as: Agneepath (Hindi)