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 

16 Responses to “Film Review: Agent Vinod (2012)”

  1. 1 Aashay
    March 23, 2012 at 11:14

    Somebody told me Kareena Kapoor dies at the end. You missed the only high-point in this farce!


  2. 3 AParna Janakiraman
    March 23, 2012 at 15:56

    Thank god for all the good things in life. finally someone is talking my language! Hindi movies have to die and be born again!


  3. March 23, 2012 at 18:13

    Thank you for saving my 2 hours, anyway this movie looked shit, and you reinstated my perception


  4. 7 Anonymous
    March 24, 2012 at 00:11

    sriram raghavan is one of my fav directors. i am very saddened.


  5. 9 metalnavin
    March 24, 2012 at 01:17

    i was thinking of going to see this…but this review changed my mind


  6. 11 Ritesh Mayekar
    March 31, 2012 at 09:56

    Nice Review 🙂 but I loved the 1977 original more 😀

    The official You Tube link


  7. April 10, 2012 at 12:14

    Thanks for your post “Mehta Kya Kehta?
    ” it was a good read. I’m a real movie buff!
    All the best Gary


  8. November 11, 2012 at 19:30

    I had gone with a friend to watch this film in a shady, low-class theatre. Ticket price: Rs.30 (yes, that’s in 2012), lower stalls…the seats ripped off and floors abounding with friendly cockroaches. As for the surrounding crowd, not a single female around – you can imagine how bad it must be. The song “Pungi baja ke” was met with loud whistles. I don’t think much of the audience cared about the exotic locations like Dasht-i-Margoh in Afghanistan or Estonia. They were clearly disappointed due to the lack of skin show. Heh heh, it was really a long time…indeed, multiplexes have spoiled our ability to enjoy a movie. Heck, I did enjoy this movie.


  9. March 29, 2013 at 03:59

    Highly descriptive post, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there be
    a part 2?


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