Reviews Counted: 21
Total Reviews: 27

76 of critics have given a rating less than 3

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Average Rating: 4.38/5
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Zanjeer/Thoofan is an Indian action film directed and produced by Apoorva Lakhia simultaneously shot into Hindi and Telugu. The film's director confirmed the official title 'Thoofan' for the Telugu version. It is a remake of the famous Hindi 1973 film of the same name starring Amithabh Bachanan.

Release Date :06/09/2013

Critic Reviews (27)
Rating: 4.0/5
This is one remake that stands tall and lithe. It is manned by a manful supply of action and yet manages to keep the machismo understated. Breakneck-paced, adrenaline-pumping, pulse-pounding - Lakhia's deconstructed version of the Prakash Mehra film is a full-on pacy paisa-vasool entertainer with brio and balls.Ram Charan Teja makes an impressive Bollywood debut. We can safely say he is the man among the boys.
Rating: 3.0/5
The film happens to be the remake of the yesteryears cult hit starring Amitabh Bachchan and Pran and it also marks the debut of Ram Charan in Bollywood. But given the hype and expectation, the film is nowhere near meeting. Mainly, the plot was tepid and the execution was not that gripping. The first half goes about with regular elements of action, some romance while the second half continues the same thing.
The Times Of India
Rating: 3.0/5
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. Mahie Gill as the gangster's girl Mona is raunchy.
Bollywood Hungama
Rating: 3.0/5
On the whole, ZANJEER is a triumph for Ram Charan, who gets abundant opportunity to exhibit his talent and scores exceedingly well. However, the film comes across as a regular masala fare that caters to the single screen spectator mainly and also for enthusiasts of typical Bollywood entertainers. As for the comparisons with the original ZANJEER, I suggest try not to get there!
Rating: 3.0/5
Overall, Zanjeer does not manage to create the magic of the original, but keeping all those inevitable comparisons aside it can be given a shot for its contemporary set up and stylized action.
BoxOffice Capsule
Rating: 2.5/5
Overall film is a good attempt by Apporva to rehash a cult classic but looks more like a launching pad for a star son an here lies the biggest problem. One might end up enjoying this if one keeps his expectation within limit but its difficult to keep that in check when film is titled 'the Zanjeer'. Go for this one if action is what you thrive on!
Rating: 2.5/5
he fact that Lakhia rips off scenes from well-known Hollywood films such as The Untouchables (the don killing his underling at the dining table while his other associates watch on) and True Lies (the bathroom fight scene) makes it all the more worse. If that was not all, the film is also cursed with mediocre dialogues and an unwise background track (for some strange reason, the Gandhian Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram is played in the background whenever Ram Charan starts bashing up bad guys)
Rating: 2.5/5
Zanjeer struggles to find its own ground. The first half is a land mine of unnecessary songs and hackneyed dialogues that seem written for an audience for a different era. Whenever Lakhia tries to create a reference point to the original or recreate a moment, the initiative falls flat. It’s not just originality but also lack of novelty that mars the film from being anything but ordinary. Prakash Raj needs a break from playing the same roles where his accent and bulging eyes do the rehearsed cha cha cha routine.
Rating: 2.0/5
Well, the deed is done - The movie isn't bad if you don't compare to the original but it's very hard for movie lovers not too. So, my dear movie makers - LEAVE THE LEGENDS ALONE for our sake and please save your money/name/investments. Watch but don't expect too much out this movie unless you are admirer of anyone of these star from ZANJEER 2013!!
Rating: 2.0/5
Zanjeer is a typical product of prevalent market tricks that ensure numbers. A sloppy mishmash of slackened writing, half baked execution and slumber incurring editing, the desperate attempts of packing a few extra scenes of head banging action doesn’t quite help. Lacking the spirit and marvel of Zanjeer that I went in looking, the reason why I both survived and detested the film, was the same.
Rating: 2.0/5
Zanjeer 1973 was about raging vengeance, the account of an orphan who finds reason to exist in the very insecurities that torment him. Zanjeer 2013 makes vengeance look like a dull video game. Like its hero on screen, the film too has no reason to exist.
IndiaTV News
Rating: 2.0/5
We could easily judge where the problem lies. Apoorva Lakhia keeps the complete story intact with its heart at the wrong place. The fast paced screenplay doesn’t give you any time to emote yourself for any scene. Neither Vijay’s parents’ demise nor when he realizes who the killer was, there isn’t any sense of emotion to it.
Rating: 2.0/5
Meanwhile, there’s a physical fight between Sanjay Dutt (Sher Khan) and Ram. While this scene is on, it is easy to get a little irritated when Ram hits Sanju. I am not an ardent fan of Sanjay Dutt, but he won my heart with his longevity in Hindi cinema. So, out of loyalty towards Bollywood, it’s difficult to watch the hulking Sanjay being bashed up by a far more puny Ram! But a few scenes into the film and the duo shake hands and become besties. Awww!
Rating: 1.75/5
Dum? Well except few action scenes there is absolutely no dum in this weak and boring remake of the classic cult film. It's high time our film makers must stop making remakes of such classic films as they do not have the ability or creativity to enhance the level of the classics. The original classic film 'Zanjeer' started a chain reaction by giving us another big Superstar, angry young man, fantastic writers and good director. Sadly, this latest version of 'Zanjeer' fails to create any chain reaction and ends up in the long list of all those bad remakes trying to bask over its past glory.
Rating: 1.5/5
All of which Ram Charan tries to bring to the table here, but he is more fumble than finesse. Bollywood is a different terrain, and you can see him shifting constantly for a better fit, but except for some action sequences, it doesn't happen. What can he do if he has to act opposite a dumb blonde version of a Bollywood ditz, the NRI Mala who is in India to attend a Facebook friend's wedding ( yes, that's right), and who wants to run back to her Daddy, and not give gawaahi in the murder she witnesses? Priyanka Chopra is even more of a misfit here, with not one shred of her usual intelligence showing through in her over-the-top-squeaky-girliness.
Rating: 1.5/5
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.
Rating: 1.5/5
To sum it up, the new-age Zanjeer doesn't hold half as much promise as the cult classic did and literally falls flat on its face. Watch the old one once again and forget about this.
Rating: 1.5/5
There have been many odd remakes of Bollywood blockbusters in the past like Sholay and Himmatwala. Director Apoorva Lakhia’s Zanjeer is another entrant to the list of worst Bollywood remakes. Ram Charan, son of popular southern star Chiranjeevi, wanted to make it big in Bollywood with Zanjeer remake. But Amitabh Bachchan’s shoes seem to be too big for the southern actor as the film fails to stand in front of the original.
Anna Vetticad Reviews
Rating: 1.5/5
The best actors are nothing in the face of poor direction, and Zanjeer is proof of that. There cannot have been a more unfortunate Bollywood debut for Telugu star Ram Charan Teja (Chirutha, Magadheera). The attractive youngster appears to have been instructed by his director to “look intense like Bachchan did back then” which, in this overall bland film, has translated into a bland performance. If you’ve seen him sparkle on screen before, you will know that he’s capable of so much more than this.
Rating: 1.0/5
Tight-fit police uniform and Ray Bans, check. Warehouse action scene, check. Sheela-Munni-type item song, check. Comic villain, check. Prakash Raj playing comic villain, double check. However, even among the burgeoning list of mediocre masala fares, Zanjeer ranks rather low, may be beating only Policegiri by a tiny margin.
Rating: 1.0/5
Oh yes, Ram Charan has a great body and walks around like a cat with hangers for shoulders. But alas, that obviously is not enough. Only if he had watched the 'Zanjeer' DVD again and again and even tried to emulate the body language of the original Inspector Vijay (with a reed-thin body), things could have been far different. If nothing, this film does the great service of reminding us what a great actor the original Inspector Vijay is. And what fabulous writers Salim Javed were and Prakash Mehra was such an entertaining storyteller.
Rating: --
When the director makes no effort to make an interesting movie, one relies on the actors to compensate. Sadly the talent on that front is equally abysmal. Ram Charan, a superstar in the South, achieves the impossible feat of being even more wooden than John Abraham. The guy’s facial muscles are so tightly attached, his eyelids would close if he scratched his cheek.
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As the audience, you are horrified at what unfolds on screen. If the dialogues are attempted at humour, they have succeeded. A few are crass. Especially one where the villain utters referring to Mona darling's mouth. This line leaves you with your mouth open, aghast! Terrible. A few others go thus: ''Ek doctor kum hoge toh kuch nahi hoga,'' Sher Khan tells a doctor who is attending to his friend, ACP Vijay Khanna. ''Suna hai kanoon ke haath lambe hota hai, pair nahi,''again Sher Khan goes, when he pulls the chair a little further from Vijay's reach. Speaking of Sher Khan, he disappears after a few scenes for the entire length of the first half, only to pop up again.
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Having said that, the blame for this film rests squarely with its makers – co-writer and director Apoorva Lakhia, and Prakash Mehra’s own sons who have produced this drivel. If the new Zanjeer was merely a badly made film, you could dismiss the makers as talentless brats. But their biggest crime here is that they don’t so much as try to make a decent film. Their movie stinks of a blatant disregard for the audience’s intelligence and entertainment. It’s an obvious attempt to cash in on the brand Zanjeer and offer nothing in return.
Rating: --
This is one remake that stands tall and lithe. It is manned by a manful supply of action and yet manages to keep the machismo understated. Breakneck-paced, adrenaline-pumping, pulse-pounding -- Lakhia's deconstructed version of the Prakash Mehra film is a full-on pacy paisa-vasool entertainer with brio and balls.
Rating: --
Zanjeer was never a particularly great film. Sure, it had Amitabh Bachchan at his most primal, all flammable eyes and sincerely-furious baritone. Ram Charan makes his Hindi film debut with this Bachchan remake, and my heart goes out to his fans who will have to sit through this tediously trashy film.
Rating: --
This is one remake that stands tall and lithe. It is manned by a manful supply of action and yet manages to keep the machismo understated. Breakneck-paced, adrenaline-pumping, pulse-pounding - Lakhia's deconstructed version of the Prakash Mehra film is a full-on pacy paisa-vasool entertainer with brio and balls.
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  • Avinash Vutukuri
    September 10, 2013
  • Film Gola
    Film Gola
    The ratings given by GlamSham,Rajeev mansand and Rediff is 0/5.We have not conisered it for while calculating the average.The same review(4/5 NDTV) is published in many sites.We have considered it only once.
    September 07, 2013
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