The Indian audience has changed over the past decade and the only way to pull them to the theaters is to have an absolutely new experience to offer or bring across one of the three Khans. Hrithik Roshan has a tough task ahead since he has not been having the best of times over the last two years. He has received a lot of critical appreciation for Guzaarish but Kites had fallen flat and in Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara, he was only one of the three male leads.
Agneepath has a nice packaging to start off with. The cinematography looks neat and crisp (from the teasers) and Hrithik seems to have got the right aggression in his character that was demanded in this action based role. His looks and physique would do a lot of talking in the movie but there are more than a few causes of anxiety for producer Karan Johar. The movie (being a remade) may not have any unpredictability to offer. The original Agneepath did not just get Amitabh Bachchan the coveted National Award but Mithun Chakraborty and Danny Denzongpa (the original Kancha Cheema) had delivered one of the finest performances of that era. Sanjay Dutt, for all we know is a great actor but he is also a star and Danny did not have that baggage to carry with him.
The original star cast had undergone magnanimous shifts in their acting to be successful in playing the reel characters. Would the cast of the remake be able to do so?
There is a counterview to the cons. The original Agneepath, although a cult, failed miserably at the box office. It was only over time it acquired the status of a classic. So do we see the remake becoming a grand success at the box office but no National Award for Hrithik? Perhaps Hrithik and Karan (Johar) will not have any problems whatsoever with that outcome.