Remake of Amitabh Bachchan starrer Zanjeer (1973) has set the audience in a mood to relive the old classical of Indian Cinema. Movie is decently directed by Apoorva Lakhia with slight changes in the script. Being the comparison being made to the legendary ‘Angry Young Man’ of Indian Film Industry, audience are likely to be disappointed from the Telugu star Ram Charan. Praan Saab’s role Sherkhan is gracefully portrayed by Sanjay Dutt. The first half of the movie was light and happy whereas second half was intense. Not a masterpiece like before but a good one time watch with some light-hearted jokes, some amazing fighting scenes and the glam doll Priyanka Chopra – something not worth missing this weekend.
Ram Charan played the high morale ACP Vijay Khanna and delivered some fine fighting scenes. Instead of Ram, Priyanka Chopra as Maala can be considered as ‘Angry Young Women’ of Zanjeer remake. Back in 1973, Amitabh ji delivered mind thumbing dialogues and fighting scenes which would bring lump in your throat; Zanjeer (2013) can’t be a match but a fair attempt and has done justice to the remake. Sherkhan, Sanjay Dutt has done a brilliant job as ever and so has the on screen pair Oil mafia Teja (by Prakash Raj) and the raunchy Mona darling- Mahie Gill. Atul Kulkarni has left his mark in the movie even with his limited role.
The story of Zanjeer revolves around an honest cop Vijay,who would kill for justice and the oil mafia Teja who has setup his empire in Mumbai. Daddy’s little girl Priyanka Chopra is playing an NRI who comes to India to attend a wedding and witnesses a murder. Under Vijay’s protection, they fall for each other in no time. Sherkhan (Dutt) and a Journalist Jaydev (Kulkarni) role in first half were unpredictable and strong and serve a strong base to the plot line. Mahie Gill played Mona darling beautifully. The new face Ankur Bhatia deserves some applause too.
Sanjay Dutt is life to the movie Zanjeer and not just his thunderous dialogues but his qawwali sequences too are beautifully shot. Sets of Ganpati Visarjan and Muharram are grand and would magnetize the audience. Bad Boy Teja has delivered most of his dialogues with the charisma of a mafia. Even a ‘meow’ from him would baffle the audience with laughter. Despite the lead role, on screen chemistry of Mona Darling and Teja is far better than Maala and Vijay. The funniest part in the movie is the ‘The restroom gun firing’ scene accompanied by no prominent but a few quick laugh moments. Priyanka seems to have reduced a lot lately but still manages to carry her style. Throughout the movie, Priyanka is adorned in hot dresses and is ready to dazzle the audience. Her charm is no less in Desi Girl Avatar (Saree) in the qawwali. She has been privileged for remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s legendary movies thrice in a row with Don, Agneepath and now Zanjeer. She is eligible to be termed as the ‘official queen of Big B’s remakes’. Zanjeer deserves a chance to be treated as a different movie in spite of being compared to the original. It’s reportedly a tribute to the old version.
All the elements are present in Zanjeer remake, but there are some let down points for the remake. Firstly, poor acting instances especially in the first half of the movie by PC and Ram (overacting !!). Someone more established in Hindi Cinema should have been given the lead role of ACP Vijay Khanna, as Ram couldn’t carry the burden of expectations. PC did fairly well in most of the shots whereas throughout the movie there’s not much going on Ram’s ‘no-emotion face’ except occasional smile which looks equally awkward. Movie has 2 bar songs, (Pinky and Shakila baano), a qawwali and some romantic songs but nothing sensational.
To sum up, watch Zanjeer to re-live the old classical modern way. Go without expectations and you will be amused.