KJo says reprising his father’s 1990 classic Agneepath is an emotional decision
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; August 29, 2011)
For Karan Johar, the “business” of cinema is still an emotional one. His decision to produce the young Karan Malhotra’s Agneepath (2012) under his banner Dharma Productions is not based entirely on commerce. “I hope everyone feels as emotional about it as I do,” says Karan, who will release a one-and-a half-minute teaser of the film today. The film releases on January 13, 2012. Minutes before the teaser was unveiled, KJo told us, “There is so much curiosity about Agneepath, that’s why I have released this teaser so much in advance. I want to put curiosity to rest and let people know that this Agneepath is not a remake. It is a tribute to the original, with many new facets.”
He reminds you that the 1990 version — produced by Yash Johar and directed by Mukul Anand — attained cult status. It’s a film all of us at Dharma are emotional about. It may not have been a commercial success, but it is still one of Amit uncle’s (Amitabh Bachchan) most popular films. When Karan (Malhotra) expressed a desire to make his version, all of us were more than happy. I know my father would have liked it this way.”
Incidentally, the August 29 teaser precedes the theatrical trailer of Agneepath that will release with RA.One this Diwali.
Agneepath has some old characters — like Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) and Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) — and some new ones. The More >