Vijay Chouhan : Agneepath : Rhitik Roshan

The underdog who bashes up baddies has always been a Bollywood favourite. Here's a tribute

If there's anything more dependable than formula films, it's the formulaic characters. And Bollywood has many who we've grown to love and accept. Over decades, one variety that has survived the transformation of Hindi cinema is that of the underdog hero. From the rustic boxer who turns against a local goon in 'Ghulam' to the idealist cop who becomes a one-man army against a depraved politician in 'Singham', the underdog has been a millionaire-making idea.
And now that the ultimate underdog superstar of Bollywood, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan returns in the remake of 'Agneepath', it is surely a good time to pay a tribute to this unexpected hero.
So here, we try to do a character break-down of this unassuming man with uncommon strength and superhuman virtues, who saves the day each time around, leaving the actress, the audience and the distributers swooning for more.

These are elements that make a Bollywood underdog bark, bite and wag his tail in delight:
A relatable simpleton: Not saying that the audience comprises chiefly of dimwits but our hero has to be one who follows his heart (over other organs). This can be demonstrated by the way he goes about life and love. He has to be one who welcomes the idea of being cheated and fooled. This only makes him all the more amiable and we can sit back and empathise with his pitiable situation and vulnerable demeanor.
Love for the common people: Whether he is poor or rich or belongs to the great Indian middle-class, he has to be magnanimous about lending a hand to anyone and everyone he practically knows. This means, he might be starving to death but if he comes across a hungry hobo family, he will offer his last Rupee to feed them.
Ethical hacker: Whether a mafia don or a junior cop, he has to be devoid of any form of vice and must be an idealist who lives by his own rules which will invariably be verbatim from any moral science text book.
He will need a 'Maa': Now, like every successful man is backed by his wife, every successful underdog needs his 'Maa ka aashirwad' to beat up goons, stand up against society's evils or do anything worthwhile.

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