Though Amitabh Bachchan starrer Agneepath did not catch the eye of the audience, the remake has already grabbed eyeballs. But actor Sanjay Dutt, who plays the dreaded villain in the latest version, feels the original was much ahead of its time. The 1990 cult classic, directed by Mukul Anand, featured Big B as the iconic Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, Danny Denzongpa as Kancha Cheena; the baddie and Mithun Chakraborty as the lovable coconut seller Krishnan Iyer MA.
Despite a stellar cast, Agneepath failed at the box office commercially, but Amitabh Bachchan's performance was praised. Producer Yash Johar's son Karan has remade the film in the same name now starring Hrithik Roshan and Dutt. It has already created quite a buzz, unlike the original.
In an interview to PTI Sanjay said, "I loved the film (original) and if I was the whole of audience, I would have made it a big hit. I think may be the film was too ahead of times. Mukul is a brilliant director in his work and his vision was so much ahead of his time. I have seen original film several times. I loved the dialogues of the film and performances of Amitji, Danny and Mithun Da."
Although the remake would have new actors reprising the iconic characters again, except for the basic plot of revenge, the new Agneepath has a different story. The new version of Agneepath features Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra in the leads and it is up for release on January 26.
Sanjay Dutt further said, "The premise is same. Vijay Dinanth Chauhan, Kancha is there...the revenge story where Vijay comes to Mandwa is same. It is a revenge story but the setting is totally different. It is very grounded film here Kancha wears dhoti, kurti and kolhapuri footwear and Vijay is also a simple man. He (Karan Malhotra) has made it as a very real grounded and rustic film."