Will the new ‘Agneepath’ create as much noise as ‘Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai’?

Karan Johar’s remake of his father’s hit film starring Amitabh Bachchan releases a day after Hrithik’s debut film did in 2000. Will this spell success for Hrithik, like Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai did?

Bollywood has always been influenced by a wave of superstitious beliefs. Some think that fetishes can help conceal a bad script, while others resort to the plain numbers game. Perhaps resorting to the same idea, the makers of the Agneepath remake have postponed the release date of the movie to January 13, which is as close as they could get to the date of hero Hrithik Roshan’s first release, Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai. KNPH had hit the screens on January 14, and since then Hrithik has been grooving through the labyrinths of B-town, headed steadily upwards, even though some of his releases bombed at the BO. The remake of Agneepath is a huge affair, considering every actor in the movie – especially Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt – has to live up to the benchmark created by the original. We can just imagine Karan Johar biting his otherwise well-manicured nails and thinking of innovative ways to create the much needed noise for this one. What’s interesting is when people in B-town resort to an amalgamation of marketing and superstitious tactics for the success of their films. So all we can do is wait and watch if the strategy to recreate Hrithik’s magic works for the movie. Eventually we all know that the super formula for any film to work at the BO is its ability to strike a chord with the masses. After a while, marketing tools and sacred good luck charms, number games and altered spellings all go down the drain….