Zanjeer (1973) might have been one of the early films with an honest but angry cop taking on the corrupt, rotting system. These days we have maybe one a year, if not more. Almost every "star" has one such role to his name. I'd say we have saturated this theme unless there is a truly novel way of putting it forth. In that sense, I am glad it is not a "Bollywood Star" starring in this one.
From the trailers, doesn't look like this year's Zanjeer is the one to do it. If at all, it has all the elements of a film from 40 years ago! The only change seems to be that it is completely stripped of its simplicity, which I assume is the maker's excuse to adapt to the needs of the day.
Not that I don't like a slick film with a contemporary texture but if that means a roadside hawker from the older film is changed to a swanky, NRI woman, it kills the mood of the original film. Not to mention Priyanka Chopra looks like she's playing a dumb character who will hardly make a contribution to the larger scheme of things - except adding to the number of songs, a rather disgusting one at that.
So, the only character that stays interesting is that of Sher Khan played here by Sanjay Dutt. Maybe he'll have something that'll make the film worth it. At least, in comparison to the other songs, the 'yaari hai imaan' substitute is a tad better than the rest.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Why are remakes made, again? I'd think it's because the makers felt there was some great value addition they thought they could make which the original badly needed. Other than the fact, of course, that they didn't have anything original to make. But, I refuse to believe that the makers of this remake of Zanjeer didn't know they were taking away from an already not-so-great film.
Are they so smug to not realise that a two-expression Ram Charan taking the place of Amitabh Bachchan is many huge steps behind to start of with? Are they so blind to not see the disservice to films from the 70s by having a over-bearingly peppy, supposedly dumb Mala (Priyanka Chopra) replace a simple and sensitive Mala (Jaya Bachchan)?
The original had this nice combination of angst and sensitivity between Vijay and Mala. It wasn't explored too well there too, but here it is completely ignored. This takes away a huge chunk of the meat that the plot had.
I guess the only positive contribution by this Zanjeer is that the woman gets invited to the birthday party! You see, Mala was left out of Sher Khan's birthday party in 1973. Come 2013, she gets to look pretty in white and shake a leg too!
Priyanka Chopra, like I mentioned earlier, plays a very perky Mala. We can't really fault her if the script used her like comic relief. That besides, Ram Charan tries too hard to look intense and Sanjay Dutt looks like he was forced to play Sher Khan. There is a slur in his movements in the fight scenes and in his speech when he speaks.
A couple of other things make things even worse - the dialogue and the music. You don't know what is worse - the iconic original lines that are retained or the new lame lines. A few more moments of disbelief - how could they not know that 'jab tak baithne ki ijaazat...' by anyone but Amitabh Bachchan or 'Sher Khan beimaani ka kaam bhi...' by anyone but Pran is epic fail?
The songs are more or less annoying. My take on item number is no secret. Not only are they aesthetically displeasing and condescending to me as an audience, but the manner in which they break the flow of the story is the most irritating bit of them all. Here you have two songs that can fit that bill.
Zanjeer also has a ridiculous background score. At first when, 'raghupati raghav...' played during a fight sequence, I wondered if the projectionist goofed up and turned on Satyagraha's soundtrack. Unfortunately, not. And the background track repeated almost every time Vijay has a fight sequence. Oh well...
I understand that even if you had nothing better to do, you'd be better off watching the Zanjeer from 1973, this one cannot be completely written off - maybe just because I have seen worse, and await much worse.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Though the remake sticks to the original story as far as the main plot is concerned, the new Zanjeer is not as impressive as the 70s blockbuster... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Ram Charan, as the brooding policeman, excels in action. His dark eyes with long lashes adeptly convey anger. Sanjay Dutt is competent and lovable. Priyanka looks smashing but is overzealous in the American Born Desi Gujarati Girl act... full review
Thumbs down, by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice : ...Final call for Zanjeer boils down to simple things. Noone could undo self inflicted shackles. And Sanjay Dutt is the savior among the slaughtered.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bhagyashri Pawar , Bollywood Life : ...While Priyanka is eye-candy worth looking at in Zanjeer 2.0, Telugu superstar Ram is quite disappointing, while Prakash Raj is the perfect villain... full review
Thumbs down, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...Apart from the sparkling dialogue stolen from the original, this Zanjeer makes do with functional ones that range from the crass (assigned to Prakash Raj) or plain idiotic (for Sanjay Dutt) to baffling (assigned to Priyanka)... full review
Thumbs down, by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini : ...Zanjeer is a well-paced masala remake but a lukewarm debut for Ram Charan which doesn't match up to the intensity of the original film. None of the performances ring true, apart from Sanjay Dutt's strong acting. Skip it. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Apoorva Lakhia’s movie loves to borrow. It takes the legacy of Prakash Mehra’s original but it also slavishly scrounges scenes from Hollywood movies like The Artist, True Lies and many more... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Apoorva Lakhia’s new-fangled take on the 70’s super-hit, Prakash Mehra helmed Amitabh Bachchan starrer, ‘Zanjeer’ is sorely disappointing... full review
Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Watch it only if you are inclined to revisit the stories of 70s when commercial cinema wasn’t synonymous with making similarly lazy films with minimal creative offering... full review
Thumbs down, by Nandini Ramnath , Live Mint : ...Ram Charan, a hunk of epilated flesh with scant acting skills, steps into Bachchan’s boots as the police officer. Sher Khan, played by an exhausted-looking Sanjay Dutt who struggles to move, let alone fit into Pran’s very large shoes. The Jaya Bachchan role is performed by Priyanka Chopra as an overgrown adolescent... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Director Apoorva Lakhia uses his special talent to make this remake as crass as possible, turning it into a pedestrian, B-grade version of the original classic... full review
Thumbs down, by Ankit Ojha , Planet Bollywood : ...The writer of this article hears this version of Zanjeer has been dubbed in Chinese, and sincerely prays for the lives of the people entering the cinema expecting a good film.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu : ...Lakhia is known to give his films a sleek feel, but that’s about it. He would have been better placed had he lifted the elements like many of his predecessors for then he would not have spoiled our memories of the original... full review
Thumbs down, by Aparna Mudi, Zee News : ...The movie was a disappointment through and through, and Apoorva Lakhia truly breaks hearts having remade a movie that remodelled Amitabh’s career and shot him to super stardom. Lakhia fails pretty badly to step into Prakash Mehra’s shoes.... full review
VirozneenPatel: Watched #Zanjeer Today, Nice Action movie, #RamCharanTeja @priyankachopra @duttsanjay & Mahie Gill Rocks :)
vimmi2356: Zanjeer is fast paced action packed and totally entertaining....Ram Charan is pretty amazing and Priyanka a breath of fresh air..
VickneshRai: Zanjeer is an amazing movie. Not the usual boring police "masala" film with tacky item numbers. Ram Charan and @priyankachopra, WEEHOO!
Tusshharkabra: #Zanjeer Mind blowing Movie Action Pack 5 star's To It
SwastikBipuls: Charan's power-packed action & PC's presence has made #Zanjeer worthy to watch,if you won't you will miss a exciting film
sushantvo1d: Watched Zanjeer today and loved it's pace,action and performances.. @priyankachopra
snasrinneha: Watched #Zanjeer after studying couldn't watch in threaters ! But was an awesome movie @priyankachopra PC u were just OSM ! :]
Sirisha_25: Just now watched #RamCharan @apoorvalakhia @priyankaChopra 's #Zanjeer it's truly an awesome movie
Sethumadhavan: Adore aka Perfect Mothers-on the same day that I watch a dud like #Zanjeer I also watch this lovely little film.
Sarzzzz18: #ZANJEER WAS SOO AMAZINGGGGG OMG!!!!! Loved every second! @priyankachopra @ApoorvaLakhia by far BEST @SrBachchan remake ever! @TeamPriyanka
sambaig157: ZANJEER WAS NICE . I LOVED IT . <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 #BOLLYWOODFOREVER
Reb_Valentine: #zanjeer s definitely a gud mve.. Definitely worth a watch! Woteva myt b d results, Ram Charan rokkkzzzzzdddd..
RashmitaHmct: #zanjeer with lots of mashala and PC acting is just wow
pa1preetham: For those people who are screwed by diff reviews woundering weather to Go or not... #zanjeer is a must watch film. hell with the critics
MuskanHanda: Sisters Rocked! in #ShudhDesiRomance and in #Zanjeer @priyankachopra and @ParineetiChopra Congrats cuz just because of u the movie is hit
mubinarattonsey: What's ur pick film wise today? Watched Zanjeer on Thurs nite and loved it's pace,action and performances!Will watch SDR today.
MissMarpleJr: Whatever. Almost loved Zanjeer and Ram Charan. He is too good as always. Stole the show.
jax2431: #Zanjeer fab movie and a perfect remake ! Its the best remake made yet ! 4 stars #priyaka chopra u wer js amazing
ishaan254: Zanjeer is an awesome picture i like it very much with the new hero RAM CHARAN
GDPAdil: Zanjeer and Shuddh Desi Romance both are awesome movies.. #Watched few hour back <3 #PCZanjeer and #PCShuddhDesiRomance
basharatSAYS: #Zanjeer was much much better than #Thoofan Welcome to Bollywood #RamCharan !! Awesome Performance in a debut!
Arjuncapone: #Zanjeer has a very strong positive word of mouth. Picked up all over India
AnkBhatia: Watched #zanjeer the 6th time! @ApoorvaLakhia rocks! Period. #RamCharan #PriyankaChopra #thoofan #ZanjeerTheFilm #zanjeerthisfriday
Always_pasha: #zanjeer power packed mOvie.......\m/
Adityasuryavan7: zanjeer awsum movie mst watch
actormalavika: Saw #Zanjeer! Quite liked it. @ramcharanteja is super hot!!
abpardhe: #ZANJEER.......#ZANJEER.......#ZANJEER...... AWSOME ......AWSOME...........AWSOME...... #RAMCHARAN #CHERRY ROCKS AGAIN......
abhishek2765989: watched just nw zanjeer its awesom and action entertainer
talktosanjiv: #Zanjeer is not as bad as few of d critics r projectin it to be.its a strictly one time watch...
jas_canuck92: Overall #Zanjeer is not a film #RamCharan the south superstar should have done, its outdated, has nothing new, and has bad music. 2.25/5*
DizisSANDY: Watched #Zanjeer ... Not soo bad .. Average movie! 3/5 Charan acting was good!
B0MBAYCH0PRA: So, Try you go watch zanjeer wid zero in ur mind (pretend there is no zanjeer film before) then m sure u wont give da reviews like that!
vivekbhoothnath: Plz zanjeer kholo aur interval karo... By god.. Itni kharab film koi kaise bana sakta hai...
vineelgutta: When a Wooden Faced hero attempts to remake Amitabh's old classic #Zanjeer Then this is what happens #Disaster
VerifiedBeer: I heard that the only good thing about #Zanjeer was its name.
vdonga: #zanjeer... Can't get back the 140 min spent..
UmeSalmaa: Feeling Brave?? Go watch #Zanjeer :P
TweetZaade: Apoorva Lakhia ki Zanjeer remember Ram Gopal Verma ki Aag?
TheSambitRoy: #Zanjeer bad idea for the weekend!!!
Technoyl: Meanwhile, Govt. should declare #Zanjeer as national disaster :P
suraj_a: Watched #Zanjeer It does not hv the charm of @SrBachchan and definitely misses the presence of Praan Saab. Disappointment #noangryyoungman
sunkadam: I want a refund. @priyankachopra #Zanjeer
sss_twt: #Zanjeer failed me...expected a lot..#ram grow up
sonoritachauhan: This #Zanjeer is so bad it should be called rassi - and the cheap one you hang your washing on!
sjits: Rubbish....Zanjeer ....
siddharth_vin0d: #Zanjeer bakwaas + waste of time.worst movie of I've ever watched.
ShyLadka: Don't watch and waste money on movie - #Zanjeer and #ShudhDesiRomance
Shamila_360: Zanjeer is the worst remake I have ever seeen !!
Seoul_Ki_Soul: Who would ever imagine #Zanjeer getting a zero rating?!? Oh wait. Everyone xD #fail
s_srikant: All time disasters ! #Thoofan and #Zanjeer
royalravi4: Zanjeer is a bakwas movie/i wasted my time
rounakdstar: #Zanjeer :a cheap spoof of original.. @Javedakhtarjadu :sir pls also file a case for murdering d original story along with steeling it.. ;-)
rkfanforever: #zanjeer is the worst remake ever
RazeenGutta: Feel like crying- Zanjeer isn't released anywhere in SA @CineCentre @numetro
rajesh_malpani: Zanjeer .. A disaster all the way ..makers should be banned for tampering the old classic .gud sanjay dutt is in jail and Pran in heaven ..
raghukiran1991: In #zanjeer hangover shit!! #zanjeerzerorating :@
Radhika_Khera: #Zanjeer would have been a much better movie if the seats weren't facing the screen.
Poongkundran_s: Hindi cinema was well on its path with the good films like #Lootera,#ShipOfTheseus,and yeah here they have got a crap. #Zanjeer.
Pandolindotcom: Zanjeer 2013 was as per my expectations- quite bad. http://pandolin.com/Movie-detail/zanjeer-movie-review/ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=413581678745739&l=f2fe7bc781
npantham: If @SrBachchan watches #zanjeer he will definitely think the original one got spoofed...!!
naumaanshaikh: I don't kno y some idiots try 2 make a remake of some *ABB* filmms?? The director of *Zanjeer*dude you suck! Plz dnt do tat mistk again.:/
Mrinion: Zanjeer is SUCH a bad film! Soooo bad.
MdJunaid_MJ: zanjeer- a chain with weak links. the distributors have to pay hefty price
maresettypavan: : Zanjeer(old) story will not work even if it is made well in current scenario. Zanjeer is the first mistake committed by ramcharan in caree
LifeReminisce: #RamCharn's #Zanjeer is nothing but a crap movie they have made. Only actions scenes are good. Nobody can replace Amitabh.
kancharla_gopi: As expected #Zanjeer movie was utterflop in telugu...named it as #toofan in #telugu.
kaminaoftheyear: India is great.We are survivors.We have survived this year alone - landslides,rapes,a bad economy,Himmatwala & now #Zanjeer
jilaawatan: Finally!! That infamous phrase isn't "Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag" anymore.. It is "Apoorva Lakhia Ki Zanjeer" @RGVzoomin
JabTakHaiKhan: #Zanjeer was a masterpiece. Don't know whether it can be made even better or not. But one made was Pathethic #Fail
Itsmetinku: if u hav free tym juz go #SDR & avoid #Thoofan / #Zanjeer. the shittiest film dat u shud miss to see #SDR for the great entertainment.
Indian_Monk: Just watched Zanjeer. I think the luckiest man was that statutory warning guy who died just bfore movie starts." @JokesDostiEtc @Laugh_Riot
iamuttu: Not every #zanjeer can hold you. Sheer non-sense.
iamTanmayTiwari: Boo #Zanjeer
HeenaRandhawa: #AmITheOnlyOne who walked out of #Zanjeer? Terrible film.
harikrishpillai: So how many of you ran out of the theatre yelling Ram (tere) Charan kahaan hai... Pleading him to never do a #Bollywood movie again #Zanjeer
HanishaReddyK: To hell with the reviews of #Zanjeer... mad ppl, paid reviews to an extent of "calling zanjeer never a particularly great film"..
gk_s23: Breaking news -Theatre owners decide to shutdown screening Zanjeer and started selling anjeer and sales looks better
GhantaGuy: There are people who will watch the new 'Zanjeer'. A minute's silence for them.
getfilmy: So I guess it's fair to say that Zanjeer is definitely Ram Charan Ki Aag.
GaganSharma007: Bakwass Filmm #Zanjeer @priyankachopra
Er_vin_kumar: plz if you saw the original one then not gone to new #Zanjeer . its dispoint u
crthakkar: #AmITheOnlyOne who highly suggest to avoid #Zanjeer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLO926-t47s&feature=youtu.be
CricketICG: #Zanjeer' The film is a shameless exercise in laziness
chemingineer: Even the old Zanjeer wasn't all that great. Death rides a horse.
BwoodUncensored: Zanjeer (hindi version) is a "Disaster' similar to Himmatwala... might be even worser than that! .. feeling bad for my love PC
brijeshsai: Zanjeer is not an experiment..It is an exploitation on brand Zanjeer which fired back. RIP Greedy Pigs.
bollywoodblah: #india should put a #zanjeer on remakes...creativity lost
bhavin_ns: Zanjeer the movie - don't waste money
BeingShuvham: Can't believe @priyankachopra opted to act in a movie like #Zanjeer .. Ok it's not a tribute but a torture...
beast_1089: Another remake #Zanjeer which fails to do any justice to d original one,just cant understand y everyone wants to ruin these classic muvi's
BBoxoffice: Movie review: Zanjeer They shouldn't have messed with Zanjeer. Don was still understandable, Agneepath too.... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=567262333310849&l=b81939009e
ayyagarin: On a day when RGV n Karan Johar were fighting about whos da master of disasters Apoorva Lakhia quietly takes over the position :)) #Zanjeer
avi2188: #Zanjeer BEWARE #pathetic
ashwin3086: #Zanjeer.. Crap!! Lack of better word!!
ashikvishnu: Unfortunate debut for ramcharan in bollywood..murder of a classic movie #Zanjeer
AppyOfficial: #Zanjeer : "Worst Movie Ever"
Amyth49: V wre just there almost abt to recover frm ur last disaster with pitbul n den u throw #zanjeer on us #help
amolpomane: After long time I watched a poor movie #zanjeer
alwayspalak: #Zanjeer kitni bokwaas picture banayi..lol..Priyanka's Ham skills touches new heights...disaster
akramreza14: #AmITheOnlyOne who is sayin #zanjeer is #BLOCKDISASTER
ajinky_kumthekr: Zanjeer is a totally disappointed film ever..!! Bad entry for ramcharan in bollywood!
aishrutendolkar: And we have yet another SUPER flop remake!! Zanjeer!! People should #stopmakingremakes of #hitmovies
2020Ravikumar: Old #Zanzeer was class New #Zanjeer is totally bakwas.. over acting by Priyanka chopra
Not Interested in Watching, by Ashok
Want to Watch, by nirmal : haven't watched yet but expecting it to be entertaining at the least
So-So, by TimELiebe : Okay, Priyanka Chopra in a cop uniform is a STRONG inducement - but who's Mr. Scowly-Face?
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Anup : Not worth a watch in theaters,,,,not even for time pass
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