Zanjeer (2013 film)

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Zanjeer / Thoofan
Zanjeer poster.jpg
Directed by Apoorva Lakhia
Produced by Reliance Entertainment Puneet Prakash Mehra
Sumeet Prakash Mehra Flying Turtle Films.
Screenplay by Suresh Nair
Apoorva Lakhia
Story by Apoorva Lakhia
Based on Zanjeer  
by Salim-Javed
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Priyanka Chopra
Music by Meet Bros Anjjan
Anand Raj Anand
Chirantan Bhatt
Cinematography Gururaj R. Jois
Edited by Chintu Singh
Prakash Mehra Productions
Flying Turtle Films
Distributed by Reliance Entertainment
Release dates
  • 6 September 2013 (2013-09-06)
Running time 137 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR75 crore (US$12 million) (Hindi version)[1]
Box office INR45 crore (US$7.3 million).(Share)[2]

Zanjeer ('Shackles'; titled Thoofan in Telugu) is a 2013 Indian action film directed by Apoorva Lakhia, shot simultaneously in Hindi and Telugu. It is a remake of the 1973 Hindi film of the same name. The film marked the Bollywood debut of Tollywood actor Ram Charan in the lead role along with Priyanka Chopra.[3] Reliance BIG Entertainment bought worldwide distribution rights for INR1.05 billion (US$17 million).It was a flop at the box office.



ACP Vijay Khanna is a brutally honest police officer who has been transferred yet again by the system for chasing the corrupt underworld goons. He is in charge of a case where the key eye witness Mala has seen a murder by Teja's Gang and refuses to co-operate. Teja is the head of an oil mafia operation and doesn't want Mala alive. Vijay manages to convince Mala to give a statement which makes her perpetrators come after her.He gives her shelter in his house to protect her and soon realises that she is slowly becoming an important part of his life. He also encounters Sher Khan who is into buying and selling of illegal cars. Seeing Vijay's honesty and determination, Sher Khan turns over a new leaf and mends his ways to transform into a person who now only goes by the book. He has made Vijay a friend for life and will do anything to help him out.


Telugu Version

Zanjeer in USA by BlueSky.[4] The first look and official theatrical trailer of Thoofan (Telugu version) were launched by Reliance Entertainment on its YouTube Official Channel on 25 March 2013 featuring Ram Charan, Priyanka Chopra, Prakash Raj and Srihari.Zanjeer worldwide distribution rights were bought by Reliance BIG Entertainment for INR105 crore (US$17 million).[5]

Hindi Version

The First look and theatrical trailer of Zanjeer (Hindi version) was released on 4 July 2013. The dubbing process started from 26 March 2013, where Sanjay Dutt plays the role essayed by Srihari. Sanjay Dutt finished Zanjeer filming − with only a few days left at his disposal before returning to jail.



Director Apoorva Lakhia signed up Telugu star Ram Charan[6] and Priyanka Chopra for the lead roles.[7][8] Prakash Raj was roped in to play the character of Teja.[9] There were reports that Sonu Sood and Arjun Rampal were being considered for the role of Sher Khan. It was also reported that Sanjay Dutt was cast for the role.[10] In September 2012, The Times of India reported that both Arjun Rampal and Sanjay Dutt opted out citing date issues and the makers have finalised Sonu Sood for the role. But later Sanjay Dutt was chosen to play the character in the Hindi Version, while Srihari portrayed the same character in the Telugu Version.[11] Bindu's iconic 'Mona Darling' act was taken over by Mahi Gill, after talks with actresses Jacqueline Fernandez, Mallika Sherawat and Malaika Arora Khan fell through.[12] Atul Kulkarni was seen in a new role in this film.[13] After Sonu Sood got injured in the CCL match playing for Mumbai Heroes - he was replaced with Srihari for the Sher Khan role in Thoofan.[14] Popular TV Artist Kavitha Kaushik was roped in for a special song in the movie.[15] Zanjeer script costed INR6 crore (US$970,000) which was Re-bought by Apoorva Lakhia.[16]


The Telugu version of the film is titled Thoofan[17] Priyanka Chopra took an acting fee of INR9 crore (US$1.5 million) while Ram charan was paid as highest debut hero with an acting fee of INR15 crore (US$2.4 million) including Toofan.The director planned for a 25-day schedule in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh from 14 November to 5 December 2012. The Hindi film's cost was around INR 750 million including print and marketing costs.[1]


Soundtrack album by
Released 12 August 2013 (2013-08-12)
Recorded 2013
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 32:28
Language Hindi
Label T-Series
Producer Anand Raj Anand
Meet Bros Anjjan
Chirantan Bhatt

All lyrics written by Manoj Yadav and Shabbir Ahmed

Hindi Version
No. Title Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Mumbai Ke Hero"   Chirantan Bhatt Mika Singh, Talia Bentson 4:40
2. "Pinky"   Meet Bros Anjjan Mamta Sharma, Meet Bros Anjjan 4:11
3. "Lamha Tera Mera"   Chirantan Bhatt Wajhi Farooki, Palak Muchhal 5:03
4. "Khochey Pathan Ki Zubaan (Qawaali)"   Meet Bros Anjjan Sukhwinder Singh, Shabab Sabri, Meet Bros Anjjan 6:15
5. "Kaatilana"   Meet Bros Anjjan Shweta Pandit 5:03
6. "Shakila Banoo"   Anand Raj Anand Shreya Ghoshal 3:43
7. "Kaatilana (Club Mix)"   Meet Bros Anjjan Shweta Pandit, Meet Bros Anjjan 3:33
Total length:
Soundtrack album by
Released 27 August 2013 (2013-08-27)[18]
Recorded 2013
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 21:17
Language Telugu
Label T-Series
Producer Anand Raj Anand
Meet Bros Anjjan
Chirantan Bhatt

All lyrics written by Chandrabose (Telugu). 

Telugu Version
No. Title Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Mumbai Ke Hero"   Chirantan Bhatt Jaspreet Jasz, Roshni Baptist, Ram Charan 4:38
2. "Pinkie"   Meet Bros Anjjan Mamta Sharma 4:10
3. "Preminchaa.."   Chirantan Bhatt Mynampati Sreerama Chandra, Shalmali Kholgade 3:43
4. "Vechchanaina"   Meet Bros Anjjan Shweta Pandit 5:03
5. "Shakila Scentu"   Anand Raj Anand Shreya Ghoshal 3:43
Total length:

Critical reception[edit]

The film received highly negative reviews from the critics. Taran Adarsh rated 3/5 telling "The new Zanjeer borrows from the original, but it is more of an updated avatar of that film. 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."[19] Meena Iyer of The Times of India rates 3/5 telling "Yet, this film should be judged as a stand-alone offering because attempts to compare the two versions will find the current one falling short, especially in the dialogue and music departments. Ram Charan, as the brooding policeman, excels in action. His dark eyes with long lashes adeptly convey anger. Sanjay Dutt is competent and lovable."[20]

Its affiliation newspaper Mumbai Mirror gave a 1.5 star rating and the reviewer Karan Anshuman said "If Salim-Javed do watch this film, one wouldn't be surprised if they decided to give the money and 'core story' credit back and disassociate themselves from this embarrassment of a "remake".[21] Anupama Chopra termed the movie 'a ramshackle remake' and wrote, "This remake is wrong on so many levels that I don’t know where to begin. This isn’t a film. It’s sacrilege."[22]

Raja Sen of gave a zero rating and said it was an unforgivably bad remake.[23] Shubra Gupta of The Indian Express said "It's neither faithful remake nor campy, knowing tribute. It's just a poor copy".[24] Rajeev Masand of IBN-live gave 0/5 saying "The new 'Zanjeer' isn't just a bad film, it's a shameless exercise in laziness."[25]

Neha Gupta of Bollywood3 rates Zanjeer 3/5 calling it a decent revenge drama and also lauded Ram Charan for his impressive Bollywood debut.[26] India Today - "Zanjeer makes it to the list of the worst films ever made".[27] Times of Oman - "It would be a sin to compare this lazy attempt to the original. Even as a standalone film, it fails miserably".[28]

MSN India - "Thoofan is like paying money to dig your own grave."[29] Subhash K. Jha rated 4/5 telling "At Last, A Bachchan Remake That Gets It Right. Providentially Lakhia’s Zanjeer is neither slavishly reverent to the original material nor does it take off into weird wild and wacky tangents."[30] Sunday Guardian - "Two and a half hours of uninterrupted idiocy".[31]

Pre-release revenues[edit]

Pre-release business of Zanjeer[edit]

Zanjeer (Hindi version) Pre-release business[32][33][34]
Territories and ancillary revenues Price
Satellite rights with (&Pictures) INR10 crore (US$1.6 million)
Music & home video rights with T~Series INR5 crore (US$810,000)
worldwide distribution rights with Reliance entertainment INR105 crore (US$17 million)
Total INR120 crore (US$19 million)
  • The figures don't include the Print and Advertising (P&A) costs.[16][32]

Zanjeer & Toofan worldwide distribution rights were sold for INR105 crore (US$17 million).Except Nizam & Karnataka theatrical rights which were bought by Allu Arvind owner of Geetha Arts for INR15 crore (US$2.4 million).[32] Zanjeer satellite rights were sold to &Pictures for INR10 crore (US$1.6 million).[34]

Pre-release business of Toofan[edit]

Toofan(Telugu version) Pre-release business[33]
Territories and ancillary revenues Price
Satellite rights with a TV channel INR8 crore (US$1.3 million)
AP distribution rights INR35 crore (US$5.7 million)
Karnataka rights INR4.5 crore (US$730,000)
Total INR46.5 crore (US$7.5 million)
  • The figures don't include the Print and Advertising (P&A) costs.

Toofan satellite rights were sold by a tie-up with Manam satellite rights for INR7.25 crore (US$1.2 million) to Gemini TV due to the Co-producer and distributor of both the films is Reliance BIG entertainment itself.

Box office[edit]

Zanjeer/Toofan was released in 2,085 theatres in India and about 3550 theatres worldwide[35] The first weekend collection of both versions was around INR18 crore (US$2.9 million) Share.[2][36] Zanjeer and Thoofan collected INR40 crore (US$6.5 million) domestic nett in 50 Days. with an additional INR5 crore (US$810,000) nett from overseas. Zanjeer ended up by collecting INR20 crore (US$3.2 million) Share while Thoofan collected a Share of INR25 crore (US$4.1 million).

Thoofan collected INR116 crore (US$19 million) gross in 20 Days worldwide.

Domestic Distribution Rights of thoofan were sold for INR50 crore (US$8.1 million) while worldwide distribution rights of Zanjeer and all its versions were sold for INR105 crore (US$17 million).[37]


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