Mumbai, March 24 (): Agent Vinod is James Bond sort of movie but it has desi tadka to fetch in the liking of the Indian audiences. With all the lavish stunts and style of Bond movies, Agent Vinod is Bollywoodish nonetheless.
In Agent Vinod, RAW agent, Vinod (Saif Ali Khan), goes on an international mission to find out what ‘242’ is. He kills bad men and bumps into Iram (Kareena Kapoor), a Pakistani. When ‘242’ turns out to be a nuclear bomb, about to be exploded in Delhi, Vinod is called to save the day.
CAST AND CREW:
Director – Sriram Raghavan
Producer – Saif Ali Khan
Star Cast – Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Ram Kapoor, Gulshan Grover
Music – Pritam
Agent Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) is an Indian intelligence officer who is on a mission to unearth a global conspiracy. A suitcase bomb is being stealthily shifted across countries to finally reach New Delhi where it’s targeted. En route Vinod meets Iram (Kareena Kapoor), a Pakistani agent who has her own agenda but subsequently helps him on his operation.
The action kick-starts in Afghanistan where AV (Saif) is held captive, and then traverses 9 to 10 countries, Russia, Morrocco, Latvia, Pakistan and England among them. Funnily, for a spy who’s supposed to be good at his job, AV has a penchant for getting caught (he escapes every time, of course). Agent Rajan was the one who rescued him in Afghanistan; when Rajan is killed while on a mission in Russia, Agent Vinod is sent to finish the assignment. His only clue – number is 242.
Agent Vinod comes to know Abu Nazar (Ram Kapoor), a Russian money launderer, has remitted US$ 50 million to someone in Morocco to conduct an operation in India. Agent Vinod arrives in Morocco where he bumps into Mafiosi Kazan (Prem Chopra) and a gorgeous Dr. Ruby (Kareena Kapoor), who is a Pakistani secret agent. The twists and turns take place which lead him to move to various parts of the globe from Russia to Morocco to Riga to Pakistan to Delhi and to UK (London) where he explores the actual conspiracy.
Saif Ali Khan delivers a confident performance and is brilliant in many scenes. His flawless and catchy dialogue delivery and his effectually breath-arresting acting make him the star of distinctive class. His role as Agent Vinod will always be remembered.
Kareena Kapoor looks gorgeous and enacts her part with gusto. She is a fine actress in today’s time and that she proves with this flick.
Prem Chopra is a treat to watch.
Ram Kapoor is alright with his character.
Adil Hussain does well.
Dhritiman Chatterjee is exceptional.
Shahbaaz Khan allures the souls with his act.
Gulshan Grover gets a brief role but as usual impresses with his class.
Ravi Kishen is appealing.
The editing portion of the film by Pooja Ladha Surti is crispy.
C.K. Muraleedharan’s cinematography is much pleasing. The world locales have been captured with style. The chic and international feel has been given to the movie.
Music arranged by Pritam is mushy, energetic and melodious. Kareena Kapoor’s mujra ‘Dil Mera Muft ka’ in which an Iranian Maryam Zakria has also been featured is the pick of the lot. Pungi is catchy and foot-tapping.
Director Sriram has executed the flick very intelligently. After making the thrillers like Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar, Raghavan has come up with a unique idea to deliver his goods on. He gets the viewers’ attention fixed on the celluloid till the climax and that’s artistic genius of the filmmaker.
The story idea is catchy and appeals from the roots since the BOND movie was needed to be made on Bollywood scene. Scripting is marvellous and just has some minor flaws.
Saif seems to be the best choice to play the smooth-talking spy – he’s charming in his demeanour.
Agent Vinod is an ultra-stylish movie. It is worth watch ‘Agent Vinod’ for its stylish presentation.