Agneepath | 1990 | Movie Review

Film: Agneepath

Year Of Release: 1990

Director: Mukul S Anand

Producer: Yash Johar

Story Writer: Santosh Saroj

Lead Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Danny Denzongpa, Neelam, Goga Kapoor

Bollywood has been hell-bent for decades to normalise shouting at and insulting of Hindu gods by their followers. Anger towards Bhagwan (and the temple idol/vigraha) is a practice that has been a feature of many Bollywood films.

Agneepath was no different, where Mithun Chakroborty’s character screams at Bhagwan following the death of his friend Vijay. Kader Khan and Bollywood never showed a protagonist screaming in anger against Allah. Why?

Also, we didn’t miss that Mithun Chakraborty’s character is named Krishnan Iyer, a gun-wielding Tamil Brahmin who sells coconut water and promotes the most offensive stereotypes against South Indians.

At Gems of Bollywood, we analysed how Bollywood has been making protagonists rant angrily at Bhagwan’s moorti in a disgraceful manner whenever he faces a small challenge or inconvenience. You can later read this analysis here.

Now, let’s have a look at this gem that argues that an electrical connection can replace a widely-observed Hindu ritual.

Bollywood has developed over the years a special genre, Manhus Tyohar, where crimes and tragedies are inevitable during Hindu festivities. Men die on Karwa Chauth, the entire family is killed on Diwali, and lives are lost in Ganpati Visarjan.

Agneepath used this template too.

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