After shooting for 110 pretty intense days Agent Vinod is all set to hit the theaters on 23rd March 2012. Though Chotte Nawab’s super ambitious project has always been in limelight, even before it went on floors – from its crew being stranded to Kareena Kapoor’s so called mujra, ‘Dil mera muft ka‘ to Saif Ali Khan disagreeing to Agent Vinod either being influenced by the English iconic character James Bond! How well this Illuminati Arts movie does on box office is a question which would be answered only on this Friday.
Spy thrillers have definitely come of age – from Gumnam, Woh Kaun Thi to Agent Vinod. Buzzintown takes you on a whirlwind tour of spy thrillers that we liked:
Kaun (1999): Kaun is a story of a young girl, alone at home with two con men, trying to get inside her house with fake identities. This suspense thriller was penned by Anurag Kashyap and directed by Ram Gopal Verma. Kaun was backed by authoritative performances of Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai and Sushant Singh, which kept the audience riveted to their seats till the very end. Team Ram Gopal Varma and Anurag Kashyap produced an inventive piece of work and was hailed by movie critics as being much ahead of its time though the movie didn’t fare well at the box office.
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Ek Hasina Thi (2004): is a story of a beautiful yet innocent travel agent, Sarika (Urmila Matondkar) who falls trap for a rich businessman hunk – Karan (Saif Ali Khan). Madly in love with Karan Sarika agrees to keep his bag, unaware that it had illegal firearms. On Karan and his lawyer’s advice, Sarika confesses the crime and is imprisoned for 7 years. There she realizes Karan’s game, and with her inmate Pramila’s help, Sarika sets to avenge herself and teach Karan a lesson. Directed by Sriram Raghavan (who now happens to be Agent Vinod director too), produced by Ram Gopal Varma Ek Hasina Thi received incoherent reviews.
Image Courtesy: Wiki Ek Hasina Thi movie page
Being Cyrus (2006): is a psychological thriller based on a dysfunctional Sethna (Parsi) family and Cyrus Mistry (Saif Ali Khan), the sutradhar of the movie. It was a debut directorial venture by photographer Homi Adajania. It took audience completely by surprise. Enchanting performances by Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani, Saif Ali Khan (Saif’s first film in English) and Simone Singh was like an icing on the cake.
Image Courtesy: Wiki Being Cyrus movie page
Manorama Six Feet Under (2007): Directed by Navdeep Singh (his debut as a director) it is based on Roman Polanski’s 1974 classic, Chinatown. The star cast included Abhay Deol, Raima Sen and Gul Panag. It is an Indianized version of a superb neo-noir cinema. In spite of being based on a classic, Manorama Six Feet Under managed to leave its impact both on the cinema goers and critics.
Image Courtesy: Wiki Manorama Six Feet Under movie page
Karthik Calling Karthik (2010): Directed and written by Vijay Lalwani, was a romantic thriller, which enveloped Karthik’s journey from being a loser to a winner against the ordeals of life. Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) is a man of low self-confidence, renounced and disgraced by all, including his lady love (Deepika Padukone). Down in the dumps, Karthik loses all hope when a chance telephone interaction with someone, who also claims to be Karthik, comes to his rescue. The movie lost at the box office.
Shaitan (2011): was a topical thriller directed by Mani Ratnam’s assistant Bejoy Nambiar and produced by Anurag Kashyap. It was based on the lives of a bunch of five young, dynamic and ‘uber cool’ friends in Mumbai. With no hang ups and no boundaries, excitement is what they seek till a ‘moment’ changes everything. The idea was to depict there’s a ‘Shaitan’ in all of us but the trick lies in keeping it under check.
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster (2011): Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, was a captivating and hooking narration of love, power and vehemence. Full of ample twists and turns Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster depicts a well executed piece of cinema. Mahie Gill, Randeep Hooda, Jimmy Shergeill – all the actors contributed immensely in making SBAG a HIT!
Kahaani (2012): A suspense-thriller at heart, is the story of a seven months pregnant woman, Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan) who comes all the way from London to Kolkata, to find her missing husband Arnab Bagchi. Under the direction of Sujoy Ghosh, Balan has given a tremendous performance. Belting one hit after another, Vidya Balan is on a roller coaster ride. Music, story, editing, cinematography all fall in place in this KAHAANI.
Agent Vinod (2012): is an action-thriller film starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, directed by Sriram Raghavan. Suave Agent Vinod (read Saif Ali Khan) claims this is in no way a remake of 1977 action film Agent Vinod.
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