Bollywood film-makers have discovered a hit fomula in remaking the old blockbusters. Amitabh Bachchan’s movies have worked wonders for the producers as well as the fans in the past. But there are a few movies that should be left untouched because film-makers might just mess it all up. Such an example is Prakash Mehra’s 1973 cult ‘Zanjeer’. I would like to remind you guys that this movie gave the title of ‘angry young man’ to Mr Bachchan and that is still continuing. And if someone tries to destroy it by a ‘remake’ then there is a guarantee of complete shut down by Amitabh’s fans. Apoorva Lakhia committed this mistake. His latest release ‘Zanjeer’ couldn’t do justice with the preset image of the movie as most of the actors were put into the wrong shoes. Tollywood superstar Ram Charan tried his best to match up with the level of performance of Amitabh but he failed very badly at it. Just pumping up the biceps won’t work.
And, if this was not enough, Priyanka Chopra adds to the misery by playing an NRI girl who goes overboard with her overacting in almost all the scenes. Without taking even a single pause in any of her dialogues she can just make you cringe with her acting skills. If Priyanka was way too much for her character, Sanjay Dutt just balances it with his bored-out-of-wits performance. With a weak storyline and some boring performances by the actors, ‘Zanjeer’ has not just received thumbs down from the fans, but also been slammed by most of the film critics.
Priyanka Chopra just gave her helping hand in totally messing up the remake. She plays an NRI girl who will irritate the hell out of you with her overacting in almost every scene. She looked like she was running short of breath in the movie as Priyanka hardly took a pause between her dialogues. But Sanjay Dutt is the one alone who will make you pity the movie and stick on to your seats.
‘Zanjeer’ was blasted by some of the critics. Wanna know what they think? Here you go!
Rajeev Masand of CNN IBN quoted, “The new ‘Zanjeer’ isn’t just a bad film, it’s a shameless exercise in laziness. As anyone who watches movies for a living will tell you, there’s some merit to be found even in awful films. A nicely picturised song perhaps, or a decent performance from a random supporting actor, possibly a relevant message buried somewhere in the mess. But I’m afraid there’s nothing polite that can be said about ‘Zanjeer’.”
Anupama Chopra said, “That Zanjeer was a classic. This remake is wrong on so many levels that I don’t know where to begin. This isn’t a film. It’s sacrilege.” Raja Sen too takes a dig at Sanjay Dutt and writes, “The words ‘Sanjay Dutt as Sher Khan’ might have struck fear into some of your hearts, and I’m here to reassure you that the result is exactly as woebegone as it sounds. Dutt sleepwalks through Pran’s iconic role, looking demented during the Yaari hai imaan dance and lazy the rest of the time, even during fight scenes.”
Mihir Fadnavis of FirstPost writes, “If you thought Priyanka Chopra couldn’t do anything more embarrassing than Exotic, you’re in for a real surprise. She plays a rich NRI who flies to India to attend a Facebook friend’s wedding, does an item number at said wedding and becomes the surrogate wife of a police officer she meets a day later. She does bubbly, she does Pinky, she does slapstick, she does quirky and she does cute, all at once. Maybe her character is a parable of the human condition, or an allegory of psychic intervention, or social commentary regarding the existence of bipolar serial killers breeding in our midst. I have no idea.”