Zanjeer: Film Review

VERDICT: The film is a failed attempt at a remake. Watch it for the love of item songs and action-drama.

Speculations were ripe about the Angry Young Man rising once again. And well, he did rise, only to be a doom to the tag of a magnificent title of an Angry Young Man.

Born as Inquilab Shrivastava in Allahabad, this tall, young, handsome man came to the city of dreams to test his destiny. Making a mark on 70 mm was his dream. He fulfilled it, alright but didn’t deserve what he had set out to achieve. It was then that fate changed for him and he donned the skin of Inspector Vijay Khanna in Prakash Mehra’s directorial venture Zanjeer (1973). This was the start of a long-lasting friendship. Not only the director-actor pair became famous but the onscreen couple, Jaya Bhaduri and Amitabh Bachchan tied the nuptial knot. Furthermore, the film had ‘Pran’ in it in the real sense of the word. The actor, Pran, made the role of Sher Khan immortal and Vijay Khanna soon came to be known as the Angry Young Man of Bollywood. Not just the film, but its dialogues and songs too, have a status quo even today.

When Apoorva Lakhia, in an attempt to break this record took up the challenge to remake this epic film, he risked his career literally. Having established himself with a film like Shootout at Lokhandwala, this film is likely to dwindle his position as a filmmaker. With all the controversies surrounding the film pre-release, a layman would have thoroughly thought it to be a good remake if not the best. However, the bubble bursts as soon as the film starts.

Opening with a title track with grease-stained, half-naked girls is a major turn off.  This is followed by ACP Vijay Khanna’s (Ram Charan) entry, the state is Andhra Pradesh and you can see the posters of Ram Charan’s revered father-turned-politician, Chiranjeevi. As soon as Ram Charan opens his mouth to deliver his first dialogue you know that his voice is dubbed. After fighting the ministers of the state when Vijay Khanna is transferred to Mumbai, the story actually takes off.

Copy-pasting from its predecessor, this film has only a few edits made in the storyline. Altered to suit the present generation, the film is a mess if compared to the original.  Here, you have Mala (Priyanka Chopra) who is an NRI flown down to India from New York to attend a Facebook friend’s wedding but becomes a key witness in a murder case. The character of Mala who was a simple chaku-churi tez karanewali has now become an NRI, good for nothing, blonde, Gujarati girl who is “Daddy’s Li’l Angel”. Too loud and grouchy to suit the stature of an actress like Priyanka, unfortunately. Then you have Sher Khan (Sanjay Dutt), a criminal-turned-business man who is honest even when doing dishonest jobs. However, a chord strikes and you see Vijay and Sher Khan shaking a leg together, in the film’s qawwali song. Ajit, who made the character of Teja immortal, finds the sophisticated stance trapped in a psychotic and indulgent mafia king Rudra Pratap Teja (Prakash Raj). Raj does well with the role as his acting brings back the memories of Gani bhai (Wanted). Added to the narrative is the character of Jay Dev (Atul Kulkarni), an honest journalist “who writes what is right”. The story is therefore basically the good against the bad. On one side you have Vijay, Sher Khan, Mala and Jay Dev while the other side has Teja. Teja’s love interest Mona Darling too has reincarnated with this film, however, she is a raunchy, sultry seductress who is after two things, one is to shed some body fat and second is to seduce her man to bed.

Coming to the storyline, well it is just the same except that this time the story revolves around the nexus of oil mafia rather than smuggling in particular and the chain/ Zanjeer in Teja’s wrist is replaced by a tattoo. Be it the nightmare or the scene when Sher Khan meets Inspector Vijay Khanna for the first time at the Police Station, has been picked up frame-by-frame from the older Zanjeer. There hasn’t been a slightest change in dialogues either. You see a dubbed voice Ram Charan squeaking, “Jab tak baithne ko naa kaha jaye, seedhi tarah khade raho”.  So much for Mr. Bachchan’s famous baritone voice. The dialogues are funny and are sure to make you laugh, be it the female lead chirping “All morning eating apples I am going bananas” or Teja’s “Meow”. The music isn’t of any essence to the film, three item songs, one love-making song and one attempt at qawwali is an epic fail. The initial background score of “Raghupati Raghav Rajaram” is not heard in the second-half. The love story between the two leads suddenly springs up after they have lived together for a day or two. Also the film shows much usage of stock footage, loud action sequences, has close-ups taken of roasted chicken and qurma and too many blasts.

The remake is a catastrophe and the film connoisseurs (especially Amitabh Bachchan’s ardent fans) will definitely like to watch Zanjeer (1973) over Zanjeer (2013).

Zanjeer: Film Review, Siddhi Palande2013-09-05T16:03:40+00:00google410

Release Date: Sep 6, 2013Director: Apoorva LakhiaGenre: Action, Thriller
Run time: 125 minutesLanguage: HindiWriter: Suresh Nair, Apoorva Lakhia
Cast & Crew: Ram Charan Teja, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Mahie Gill, Prakash Raj, Atul Kulkarni
  • G-one Djk

    ha ha Good joke nyc review.. try to learn how to watch movies and how to write review.. Movie is a BLOCKBUSTER…HIT… MY rating is 4.5/5

  • chin

    the person who gave this review, he doesnt know that the way how to watch the films, my rating is 4.7. its superb movie

  • amit sinha

    Thats the worst review i hv ever seen…the mvie is awesome and i definitely give it 4.5 stars.This critic is the worst i hv seen in ma life.

  • praveen

    hello dude ,atleast you must mention what are the backloga na u cant simply say that we will surely laugh !first learn how to give a review!

  • Sahil

    NDTV, MTV, TIMES OF INDIA, Subhash K Jha, Taran Adarsh and many more well known critics given 4 or more rating points out of five. This is a wrost review and seems like endorseing the worst movie(Shudh Desi Romance). Zanjeer is a gem of a movie by giving this review critic showed that he is a narrow minded person.

  • don

    Aree Idiot, dont u know how to write a review…theri maa ki chuth

  • psrprao

    First,The reviewers must be in conscious that any film, may be it a remake or a direct one, is intended only to entertain the viewers and get something profit to the investor, but not to compare with others. The only question is weather the audience enjoyed their time and money worth or not. This review is not all the opinion of the public. It is also just one man opinion, in general who sadistically, tries to pour his English knowledge on the public. Now a days, everybody feels himself great to criticize and show their sadistic language knowledge. They don’t know that any language is a medium of expression only, people to understand, but not to keep them in question. Whatever the reviewer’s likes or dislikes, they should be understood by the readers. Unfortunately, these people are forgetting this fact and rubbing their un-understandable language on the readers. So, don’t care their reviews. Ask the viewer and if he says the film is watchable, you can go and watch your money worth.

  • Ram

    Ram charan is rocking…and movie is blockbuster hit…his first debut is fabulous

    • Dheeraj

      you must be blind.. How come is rocking.. he looks more like a chicken head

  • Mahesh

    good movie …its good ramchrn rocked

  • priy

    i watched ZANJEER yesterday, movie is so good
    i m seeing from when Ramcharan is selected for this roll insted of any top most bollywood actor,all bollywood industry saying bad about Ramcharan & zanjeer.If any other bollywood actor was selected then this bollywood industry will say good.
    DON,AGNIPATH also remake of AMITABH but at that time all bollywood industry n media campare SHAHRUKH & HRITIK with AMITABH but nw saying that NO ONE ACTOR(RAMCHARAN) can campare with AMITABH,this is the CASTIST Bollywood.
    I m maharashtrian i surely can say no bollywood actor can judge to Ramcharan.(apart some extent of HRITIK)
    All bollywood industry jeleous with Ramcharan that’s why they are saying “0″ rating this is totally nonsense,but Ramcharan sir have make his own popularity in Bollywood,Ramcharan sir now just do one thing also release ur next movie “YEWADU” & MAGDHEERA in Hindi with big promotion add etc then all bollywood fan will be your’s.
    Same condition also happend with GOD OF SOUTH, SUPERSTAR RAJNIKANTH SIR also.
    Today only two actor are rocking in whole India (south & north both) Ramcharan & supertsar Rajnikant sir that bollywood industry not want.
    common sir Bollywood need a rocking,dashing actor that are found in SOUTH INDIA only

  • Sachi Muchi

    ZANJEER-2….THERE ARE TWO THINGS ABOUT REMAKES…THE BAD THING
    ABOUT REMAKES OF THE CLASSICS IS THAT THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY GOING TO BE COMPARED,
    JUDJED WITH THE ORIGINAL…GOOD THING IS THAT IT’S A COMPETETIVE TEST OR AN
    OPPORTUNITY FOR THE ACTORS TO JUST RISE
    ABOVE THEIR TYPECAST ROLES AND PROVE THEIR METTLE, THEN THEY CAN SOMEHOW
    OUTCLASS THE ORIGINAL ROLES IN SOME WAY…CLASSIC EXAMPLE IS SHAH RUKH KHAN IN
    DON…SIMPLY GREAT…IN FACT CAN BE COMPARED WITH AMITABH’S ROLE AND MAYBE BETTER IN SOME SCENES….SANJAY
    DUTT IS THE ULTIMATE..HE WAS GREAT IN AGNEEPATH… AND IN ZANJEER -2 …HE IS CLASS
    APART…HE FITS IN THE ROLE LIKE A PRO….OFCOURSE WHAT PRAN SAHAB DID AND ESTABLISHED A BENCHMARK WAY BACK IN ‘70s WILL
    ALWAYS BE LEGENDARY…SO AS I SAID EARLIER REMAKES ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE
    COMPARED /JUDJED…BECAUSE SCRIPT REMAINS THE SAME LARGELY…THE DIRECTOR IS SIMPLY
    JUST LIKE A DJ REMIXING SCENES FROM THE ORIGINAL…THAT SAID…CASTING IS A BIG
    THING IN EVERY MOVIE…HRITIK ROSHAN WAS WELL CASTED IN AGNEEPATH, SRK, AGAIN GREAT
    IN DON, BUT IN THIS MOVIE Ram Charan IS NO COMPARRISON TO AMITABH’S ROLE…HE IS A
    MISFIT…THAT CHARISSMA IS LACKING…HE IS NOT LARGER THAN LIFE…AND IN MOST AMITABH’S
    MOVIES, ACTRESES WERE OVERSHADOWED BY THE SHAHENSHAH ( SO ACTESESS ROLE IS
    NOTHING TO WRITE ABOUT AS IN PRIYANKA) CLEARLY AMITABH BACHCHAN CREATED A
    BENCHMARK WAY BACK WHICH VERY FEW CAN ACTUALLY MATCH…EVEN NOW IN 2013.

  • ram

    worst film in Indian history