September 7, 2013
Don was still understandable, Agneepath too. But if you can’t get an actor who can use silences to emote aggression you should not fiddle with an original that pretty much defined new-age violence for the Hindi screen.They shouldn’t have messed with Zanjeer.It is pointless saying comparisons will not crop up, every frame of Apoorva Lakhia’s remake shouts out reasons why it shouldn’t have been made. The remarkable thing about Prakash Mehra’s 1973 original was its underplayed angst. Lakhia’s version goes over the top with dumb action and dumber drama. Essentially, he fobs off Salim-Javed’s original idea, passes it off with a few tweaks, and gives it mindless treatment.
Zanjeer 2013 looks like one of those noisy south Indian remakes Bollywood regularly peddles rather than a tribute to one of the greatest commercial films of Hindi cinema.
Debutant Ram Charan looks uncomfortable trying to add a new dimension to inspector Vijay Khanna. Vijay is gunning for the oil mafia boss Teja (Prakash Raj), incidentally also the man who killed his parents. Priyanka Chopra plays Mala, NRI who lands in India for a FaceBook friend’s wedding, does a raunchy item and becomes a witness to a murder by Teja’s gang, which would remind you of the Yashwant Sonawane killing of 2011. Since Mala is too scared to testify, Vijay gives her shelter in his home. Their evident love story is too cold.