With guns, cars, motorbikes,
helicopters and a glamorous actress, Saif Ali Khan’s upcoming
spy thriller Agent Vinod bears resemblance to James Bond
movies, but the actor insists his film is not one and it is
very much Indian.
Looking at the posters and recent trailer of the
upcoming action flick, it does gives the feel of a Bond film.
The James Bond film is a British series of motion
pictures based on the fictional character of MI6 agent James
Bond, code designation 007.
But Saif brushes aside comparisons to 007 movies and
maintains Agent Vinod is purely an Indian character and it
will not remind the audiences of James Bond.
“This (comparison) would be very stupid thing to do.
James Bond is an English character. He was the representative
of capitalism against Communist Russia. He is a capitalist
hero, who drinks and womanises, and he is a hero who saves the
“When you see the first scene of our film you will
realise that it is an Indian hero who is very different from
the Bond character because we did not want to make a copy of
Bond film,” Saif told reporters here after unveiling the first
look of Agent Vinod yesterday.
Bollywood has seen spy thrillers like Surakshaa
(1979) featuring Mithun Chakravorty and Akshay Kumar-starrer
Mr Bond (1992) among others.
Saif feels audiences had always got attracted to this
genre of movies.
“I think India always had interest in characters that
are special forces whether it is Mithun Chakroborty’s
`Surakshaa’ or Akshay Kumar’s Mr Bond.
“These films generated interests. So we thought if we
could make it in a contemporary way, given the emerging global
Indian personalities and global problems it would be
interesting to create a character that would be completely
India,” the 41-year-old actor Bollywood star said.
In the film, Saif, plays the central character of
About his character, Saif said, “Vinod does not try to
be English, he is very Indian. The way I perform my character
is completely rooted in Indian humour and sensibilities. He is
a strong Indian character…he will not remind you of James
The long-delayed Agent Vinod, directed by Sriram
Raghavan, will hit the threatres on March 23. It has been
produced by Saif under his banner of Illuminati Films.