Talking to PTI, Karan Johar said, "All thanks to director Karan Malhotra - he has made vengeance look beautiful. For me, if given the opportunity to direct the film, I would not have been able to. I am incapable of doing it. I have done only one moment of action in my films which was in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, where Amitabh Bachchan slaps Hrithik...that is the only violence I have ever done in my films."
Agneepath is a revenge drama and it is remake of 1990 classic produced by Karan's father. Karan Johar added, "We have violence in this movie again with Hrithik, but this time it is little more. It is overwhelming for Dharma Productions to have done something like this since my inception with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. With Agneepath it was all Karan Malhotra's vision," he said.
However, Karan Malhotra, who was an assistant of Karan Johar, is making directorial debut with the film Agneepath. Talking about his debut movie, the director said, "We had to retain the basic plot, the revenge factor. It starts in Mandwa and ends in Mandwa -- besides that everything is new. There is no Krishnan Iyer's (Mithun's) track in the film. There are structural changes."