Archive for March 23rd, 2012


Film Review: Agent Vinod (2012)

Easily the worst A-list actress of her generation, Kareena Kapoor, after sleeping through ‘roles’ opposite the Khans, now plays heroine to her boyfriend Saif Ali Khan, who, in and as Agent Vinod, fulfills his desire of being a hero in an action movie.

Throwing several references to the original Agent Vinod – an extra called Mahendra Sandhu (the real name of 1977’s Agent Vinod), an ISI chief called Iftekaar (the real name of the original’s villain) and the tattoo of a scorpion on all the baddies – director Sriram Raghavan, after interesting movies like Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar, falls flat on his face with this lame remake of a boorish original.

There’s no plot here – just something about a nuclear bomb and its detonator that takes the movie across several countries, with people running here and there and firing guns at each other. Saif Ali Khan makes a few attempts at being humorous, but it’s impossible to take Agent Vinod seriously.

This member of the yawning audience gave up trying to make sense of the film after two and a half hours and left the movie hall, and is willing to bet a hundred bucks at the time of writing this review that Agent Vinod is still trying to detonate the bomb and has traveled a few more countries.

The only respite in Agent Vinod is familiar faces popping up every now and then. Gulshan Grover shows up at some point to watch Kareena Kapoor do a whorish mujra to a fuck-all song composed by Pritam Cheat-um, and says to a one-eyed (what a cheap tribute to the late Nawab of Pataudi) ISI officer, “Kya tum log ye sab se bore nahi hote? Mai toh bore ho gaya hoon!”

RATING: 1.5/5 

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