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Movie Review; Agent Vinod

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Movie Name; Agent Vinod
Critic Rating;
Director; Sriram Raghavan.
Producer; Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan.
Star Cast; Saif Ali Khan.... Agent Vinod , Kareena Kapoor.... Dr Ruby/ Iram, Gulshan Grover.... Tehmur Pasha, Prem Chopra.... Kazan, Ravi Kissen.... Rajan, Ram Kapoor.... Abu Nazer, Ann Lee Roberts, Adil Hussain.... Colonel, Malika Haydon.... Item Number, Anshuman Singh.... Jimmy, Shahbaaz Khan.... Huzefa Lokha, Maryam Zakaria.... Farah Dheerendra Dwivedi.... Paan wala
Music Directer; Pritam Chakraborty
Lyricist ; Amitabh Bhattacharya, Nilesh Mishra


Before you start watching Agent Vinod you have some expectations from it since you know at least three important things: Sriram Raghavan has directed two very underrated and understated but intelligent thrillers – Ek Haseena Thi and Johnny Gaddar , that he has waited five years for Agent Vinod to materialize and it’s Saif Ali Khan’s home production and his most ambitious project.
To start with, the spy thriller has a perfect beginning. The story kicks off in Afghanistan where Agent Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) is being held hostage. The smart and daring character of Vinod is quickly established with his witty repartee and quirky manner of dealing with his enemy, followed by a well-shot action sequence in the desert and the slickly done title credits. Heavily inspired by A-Team!
The story then moves on to the murder of an ex-KGB officer. The news spreads all over the world and international business tycoons start discussing the possibility of a suitcase bomb which can cause massive destruction. Meanwhile, Vinod’s partner Rajan (Ravi Kissen) is keeping an eye on an obnoxious drug and prostitution dealer Abu Nazer (Ram Kapoor) and listens in to a discussion between Abu and Colonel (Adil Hussain) about the number 242 before he is exposed. Enter RAW’s Agent Vinod.
Vinod sets off to Russia for leads and then to Morocco where he meets Kazaan (Prem Chopra) and his doctor Ruby (Kareena Kapoor). Ruby’s behaviour keeps you puzzled about which side she is on. Is she Iram, the girl behind the London blasts or is she a Pakistani agent trying to expose an international conspiracy? The suspense develops well up to a point but slowly becomes predictable and at times taxing. The story keeps moving to too many places – from Morocco, Latvia and Moscow to Pakistan, India and London. The climax is not as nail biting as it was meant to be and the end is long drawn as it goes back to London where the whole terror plot is revealed. The explanation behind the entire conspiracy just doesn’t satisfy you after you’ve sat through some choppy screenplay, especially in the second half.
The action is well-done and some of the sequences are choreographed beautifully. The editing is slick in parts and sloppy at times. There are many loopholes within the script. Why didn’t Vinod just kill Colonel when he had the chance? Why did Kareena not mention anything about a password when she had known it before? There are quite a few of them actually.
Kareena plays the understated character of Ruby/Iram decently. Saif Ali Khan is cool, suave, stylish and quirky, just as Agent Vinod should have been. But he gets caught and conned just too often for a heroic agent. His character is inconsistent and doesn’t come out as strongly as it should have been.
As always, Raghavan is stylish with his presentation and storytelling – using Charlie Chaplin visuals, the sound of a bullet followed by the sound of a water fountain and use of a variety of musical genres for the background score. He merges black humour and action with ease. One of the most interesting scenes is the Saif-Kareena action sequence unfolding in the hotel room lobby as the romantic song Rabta plays in the background, reminding you of Quentin Tarantino movies like True Romance and Kill Bill. It is a classic scene and will be talked about for a long time. But there are many things he just doesn’t manage to get right. His use of old Hindi film songs comes across as a little forced. Where Raghavan really fails though is that he makes it all look like a lot of hard work. Almost all the film making devices he uses feel like they were meant for a certain kind of effect. You can see that he has tried too hard to pack in as much as he could because he is directing a big budget action thriller, which wasn’t the case when he was making smaller budget suspense thrillers like Johnny Gaddar. In Agent Vinod‘s case, the writing is not up to the mark. It is more than obviously motivated by James Bond movies and has drawn a lot of inspiration from Sean Connery’s Bond flick From Russia with Love.
Another thing that works against the film is that there is too much happening and there are too many characters involved, and Agent Vinod gets lost quite a few times in the process. You lose track of the events too and all the travelling across the world leaves you exhausted. If you want to watch a Bollywood version of James Bond, go for it. And if you manage to forgive the long drawn conclusion, the listless climax, the inconsistent screenplay and some loopholes, you can possibly enjoy the hardcore action, blazing guns, the slick presentation and a suave spy! Doubt if Saif’s dream of entering the Rs. 100 crore club will come true this time around as there is too much going against the film.
Dear Raghavan, you are at your best when you are focusing only on the story and not worrying about locations, budgets, stars and large scale productions. Will the real Sriram please stand up,

 

Saif Ali Khan: Agent Vinod , With the sorry state of the world, what better time than today to delve into the life of a super slick secret agent? Somehow who understands the game nations are playing, process incoming information and control rather than be controlled by situations someone who is not always backed by the might of military hardware and brainpower, someone who has to rely more on guts than gadgets. He has a devilish cunning and almost seems to enjoy the danger of the situation, you may not agree with his methods but you are glad he's on your side.

Kareena Kapoor: Dr Ruby/ Iram ,Is she or Ruby, personal doctor to ageing mafia don Kazan or is she Iram, a terrorist who has escaped from a British jail and is presumed dead. Only two people in the world know her secret and now both have been eliminated. As mysterious as she's beautiful...Vinod has to decide whether he can trust her or not.

Ravi Kissen: Rajan , A decorated Soldier, Major Rajan Sinha is also a raw agent and Vinod's colleague...Rajan doesn't have one good word to say about Vinod, and yet they are the best of friends. If you are wondering why, please don't miss the beginning. Rajan Sinha, a master of infiltration...Rajan works deep and is the rain check for raw. When he is sent alone...the enemy is eaten from within...Andwhen both are sent together... Nawaz closes the case!!!!

Prem Chopra: Kazan ,He is part Greek, part Moroccan, and part Indian but a complete thug. A patron of art and culture, camel racer and breeder. Papa Kazan lives in his palatial villa in Morocco, but inside the genial exterior lays a ruthless point's man ruling the drug trade in the Mediterranean. And if you have a contraband nobody wants to touch....he is a man to turn to but this time even he is going a bit too far..

Gulshan Grover: Tehmur Pasha, In the top five of Interpol's most wanted hiding under state protection in Karachi. He is tired of using his Network to help strange terror plans...when these precious resources can be used to make money. But sometimes the hosts need humoring...so a deadly convoy gets his blessing.

Shahbaz Khan: Huzefa Lokha ,A touch of Evil... From the registans near Kandahar to planning the final strike...Lokha is the ubiquitous face of anti-India terror. But this time.... Is he king or the pawn?

Ram Kapoor : Abu Nazer ,Fat, Pompous and cruel...Abu leads the sub-continent mafia in St Petersburg; his main business is money landering and hawala. He is also involved in arms, Drugs and Prostitution. He has killed Rajan and now has Vinod at gun-point before him...They found your friends dead body. Be sure they won't find yours...

KC Shankar: Prince (Aka Scarface) ,The last of the remaining black tigers. He now rooks the world for that killed his leader...he is now within his striking distance...when he sees someone, he prayed he would never see again. And who did he see? Agent Vinod

Synopsis , The story begins with a series of seemingly unconnected events, all over the globe. In Uzbekistan, an Ex-KCG officer is tortured murdered. In Cape Town, a group of international business tycoons discuss a rumor that the dead KCB 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 RAW sees the incomplete message. All it contains is a number 242.Enter AGENT VINOD. Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) is the kind of agent who first kicks the door open and then finds out what's behind it. His unconventional approach puts him in dangerous situations, but he manages to get the crucial leads. Vinod is sent to Moscow to investigate why his colleague killed. Vinod finds out that a Russian money launderer Abu Nazar has sent 58 Million Dollars to a contact in Morocco, for an operation against India. Vinod leaves for Morocco, where he meets an elderly Mafidsi Kazan and the beautiful but mysterious or ruby. A series of twists and turns take Vinod across the globe from marakkesh to Riga, Karachi to Delhi and finally London. Where he discovers the ultimate conspiracy. Agent Vinod, you may not agree with his methods, but you sure are glade he's on our side. Agent Vinod your passport to action adventure.

 

 

•Last Updated• ( ••Tuesday•, 27 •March• 2012 00:07• )  

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