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    Desimartini | Updated - May 06, 2014 7:43 AM IST
    3.4DM (3967 ratings)

    Verdict - So-SO

    Agent VinodWatch trailerRelease date : March 23, 2012

    Being a self-proclaimed Sriram Raghavan fan, I was awaiting Agent Vinod from the time the film was first announced. Although the release kept getting pushed for over 8 months, the buzz still didnt die out. Touted to be a Bourne meets Bond meets 60s Bollywood spy thriller, I was quite excited to watch this. Does it really match up to all that was expected of it?
    Unfortunately, this one really disappoints you as its all body, no soul.

    Agent Vinod kicks off in Afghanistan with AV(Saif) battling his way out of an army bunker of sorts. Tracking down something called 242, one of his own men get killed and to solve the mystery, AV sets off on his globe trotting adventure. The story moves from Afghanistan to Russia to Latvia to Morocco to Pakistan to India to UKphew.
    Along these various locations he comes across many old-school caricaturish villains like Abu Nazer(Ram Kapoor), Kazaan(Prem Chopra) & Colonel(Adil H) amongst others. Through this journey he also comes across Dr.Tanya(Kareena Kapoor) who herself has a convoluted story to tell. What eventually happens is something you need to watch the film for.

    At 2hrs40 min the film is quite and attempts to move at a swift pace. The sheer numbers of countries covered in the film lend it an interesting look. The opening credits are the best Bollywood has seen in years.
    The song picturization of Rabta is the highlight of the film and is clapworthy. The texture and feel of the film has a great pulp vibe to it.
    The film has some superb action and the background score is brilliant. The soundtrack has its share of good tracks except for the Mujra number.

    Sadly, the problems are much larger than all these positives, as it is at the script level itself. The film borders on being really stupid at times and at many places it leaves you feeling quite bored.

    As the name would suggest, the film is all Saif & he tries to do whatever justice he can to the character. Ram Kapoor is top notch and so are few of the supporting actors. Kareena looks ravishing and does her bit.

    Director Sriram Raghavan is 3rd time unlucky. With a shoestring budget he made the brilliant Ek Hasina Thi & has gone exactly the opposite this time around. Though he does show sparks of his brilliance with his inherently filmi inspirations(dont miss the O meri Jaan maine Kahan sequence), his pulp references just dont end up doing enough. Much stronger writing is what would have helped him take this film somewhere.

    To sum it up, Agent Vinod is a mediocre fare. Stylized, slick and making all the noise, AV will draw you in but will leave you sad after. I regret writing this as I know what Sriram R can do. But nevertheless, watch this if you must, and dont go in with any expectations.

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