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In mediocre box-office Bollywood, Agneepath is like a luminescent shooting star. It retains some of the flavour of the cult Amitabh Bachchan starrer but transgresses from the original script only slightly to create maximum impact.
What will Vidya Balan bring to her role as Silk Smitha? Will this film examine the oppressive pressures that corrode the self-worth of women; or will it be yet another Dirty Picture, recreating yet another voyeuristic journey?
Dev Anand was fortunate to have Sahir Ludhianvi, Majrooh, Shailendra and Sachin Dev Burman to bail him out. Without them, the idea of Dev Anand and the middle classes he wooed would be jostling with real life.