Zanjeer (2013 film)
|Directed by||Apoorva Lakhia|
Reliance Entertainment |
Puneet Prakash Mehra
Sumeet Prakash Mehra
Flying Turtle Films
|Written by||Chintan Gandhi (Hindi dialogues)|
Apoorva Lakhia (Additional Story)
Ram Charan Teja|
Meet Bros Anjjan
Anand Raj Anand
|Cinematography||Gururaj R. Jois|
|Edited by||Chintu Singh|
Prakash Mehra Productions
Flying Turtle Films
|Distributed by||Reliance Entertainment|
Zanjeer (English: Shackles) is a 2013 Indian bilingual action-drama 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. Reliance BIG Entertainment bought worldwide distribution rights for ₹1.05 billion (US$16 million). Upon The Release The Film Got Mostly Negative Reviews.It Was an Epic Disaster After Ajay Devgn's Himmatwala.The Action-Thriller In Its First Weekend only raked 13.35 crore in India By Indian Express
ACP Vijay Khanna (Ram Charan) is a brutally honest police officer who has been transferred yet again by the system for chasing the corrupt underworld goons. He is continuously disturbed by the killing of his parents years back. He keeps remembering a man in a black raincoat on a white horse and with a tattoo on his right arm killing his parents on Vijay's birthday for filing a case. Vijay was brought up by his uncle and was always absent on his birthdays. He is in charge of a case where the district collector has been murdered and burned to death. The key eye witness Mala (Priyanka Chopra) has seen the murder by Teja's (Prakash Raj) 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 she starts to like him while Vijay does not reciprocate the same. This includes her giving him a potato and egg for lunch at his office and then annoying him by celebrating his birthday. He shouts at her and she begins to cry. Vijay tells her that he did not want to celebrate because his parents were killed on the very day and reveals his past to her. He finally reciprocates her love as he realised that Mala is slowly becoming an important part of his life. He also encounters Sher Khan (Sanjay Dutt/Srihari) 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. Vijay also encounters Jaydev a.k.a. JD (Atul Kulkarni/Tanikella Bharani), a reporter who had written bad comments about Vijay in the newspaper. Seeing Vijay's honesty and integrity, Jaydev becomes an admirer of Vijay and begins to give him all the information he has regarding the oil mafia. Meanwhile, Kataria (Bikramjeet Kanwarpal) the man who murdered the collector has been caught by Vijay. Kataria is revealed to be Teja's man and he reveals that they steal petrol and oil from container trucks, add kerosene in them and smuggle them around and outside the country. Vijay uses this information and puts Kataria in custody but the next day he is found murdered in custody. In the middle of this, Vijay also finds about a man Prashant Khanna, who was killed years back by Teja. Due to certain incidents which gave Vijay wrong informations about the oil mafia Teja is handling, Vijay is suspended till the investigation is done with. Now Vijay warns Teja that there are no seniors or rules that bind him and now Vijay will finish Teja in his own style. Slowly, Vijay begins to destroy almost all of Teja's oil refineries. But Mala says that all these activities that Vijay is doing can have dangerous consequences. One night, Vijay and Mala go to a restaurant for dinner where Vijay gets attacked by two of Teja's men in the bathroom. Vijay kills both the men and calls Teja and warns him that even if he sends the rest of his 198 men (it was earlier mentioned by Teja that he has 200 workers under him), nothing will happen to Vijay. A few days later, Sher Khan invites Vijay and Mala to a party. Later on, when they are returning home, they are attacked once again by ten of Teja's men. Vijay manages to lock Mala in a small room there and gets badly injured fighting them. He is almost killed but just in time, Sher Khan comes there, handles the rest of the goons and along with Mala, takes Vijay to the hospital. The next day, Teja comes there and criticizes Vijay saying that he is one who can only talk and doesn't have the guts to face Teja. After he leaves, Mala finally tells Vijay to finish Teja once and for all. That night Teja's men along with Bosco (Ankur Bhatia) kill Jaydev and the whole city begins to panic. Meanwhile, two sub inspectors who work under Vijay gives Sher Khan information that the night Kataria was murdered, an inspector, Saalwe had arrested a man for a petty case. But Saalwe did not record the case and so they suspect Saalwe and the man who he arrested had killed Kataria. So, using some of his informers Sher Khan finds Saalwe and Teja's trusted man Bosco (Ankur Bhatia) who was hiding himself and Saalwe in a colony. Then he puts them in front of the commissioner and they agree that they had killed Kataria by breaking his neck and they had done it on Teja's saying as he feared Kataria might leak all the information about his gang. The commissioner realizes Vijay's Innocence and claims Teja a wanted criminal. Out of fear, Teja runs away into an old mine with Mona (Mahie Gill), but Vijay manages to track him down. Teja manages to get Vijay at gun point and pulls his coat's sleeve back. Then Vijay notices a tattoo on Teja's arm and realizes that he is the very one who killed his parents. Then Vijay says that Prashant Khanna who Teja killed years back was Vijay's dad. Teja is shocked and reveals that Prashant had filed a case against him and so Teja had to kill Prashant. In a fit of rage, Vijay begins to beat Teja badly. Vijay then breaks Teja's arm and kicks him into a bundle of petroleum barrels and shoots the barrels, causing Teja to die in the blast. The government announces all the wealth to be given to Mona, who was also said to be in all of Teja's nefarious activities. The film ends with Sher Khan and Mala coming to visit Vijay at the station, Mala finally being able to cook some food for him and Vijay smiling at Sher Khan when he sees a drug mafia case coming on TV.
- Ram Charan as ACP Vijay Khanna (Viraj Adhav as the Hindi dubbing voice)
- Priyanka Chopra as Mala
- Sanjay Dutt as Sher Khan (Hindi Version)
- Srihari as Sher Khan (Telugu Version)
- Elisha Kriis as Shital
- Prakash Raj as Teja
- Ankur Bhatia as Bosco
- Mahie Gill as Mona Darling
- Atul Kulkarni as Jaydev (Hindi Version)
- Tanikella Bharani as Jaydev (Telugu Version)
- Bikramjeet Kanwarpal as Kataria (Hindi / Telugu version)
- Charanpreet Singh as Vilas (Informer)
- Taran Bajaj as Singh (Hindi Version)
- Kavita Kaushik as item number "Shakila Banoo"
- Telugu Version
Zanjeer in USA by BlueSky. 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 ₹105 crore (US$16 million). The Telugu version was then dubbed and released in Tamil during January 2017 as Super Police.
- 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 played by Srihari. Sanjay Dutt finished Zanjeer filming − with only a few days left at his disposal before returning to jail. One of India's leading male voice artist Viraj Adhav dubbed the voice of Ramcharan.
Director Apoorva Lakhia signed up Telugu star Ram Charan and Priyanka Chopra for the lead roles. Prakash Raj was roped in to play the character of Teja. 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. 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. 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. Atul Kulkarni was seen in a new role in this film. 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. Popular TV Artist Kavitha Kaushik was roped in for a special song in the movie. Zanjeer script costed ₹6 crore (US$890,000) which was Re-bought by Apoorva Lakhia.
The Telugu version of the film is titled Thoofan Priyanka Chopra took an acting fee of ₹9 crore (US$1.3 million) while Ram charan was paid as highest debut hero with an acting fee of ₹15 crore (US$2.2 million) including Toofan.The director planned for a 25-day schedule in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh from 14 November to 5 December 2012.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||12 August 2013|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Anand Raj Anand|
Meet Bros Anjjan
All lyrics written by Manoj Yadav and Shabbir Ahmed.
|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 Raeth Band, 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|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||27 August 2013|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Anand Raj Anand|
Meet Bros Anjjan
All lyrics written by Chandrabose (Telugu).
|1.||"Mumbai Ke Hero"||Chirantan Bhatt||Ram Charan, Jaspreet Jasz, Roshni Baptist,||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|
The film received mixed to 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." 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."
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". 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."
Raja Sen of Rediff.com gave a zero rating and said it was an unforgivably bad remake. Shubra Gupta of The Indian Express said "It's neither faithful remake nor campy, knowing tribute. It's just a poor copy". 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."
India Today – "Zanjeer makes it to the list of the worst films ever made". Times of Oman – "It would be a sin to compare this lazy attempt to the original. Even as a standalone film, it fails miserably".
Pre-release business of Zanjeer
|Territories and ancillary revenues||Price|
|Satellite rights with (&Pictures)||₹10 crore (US$1.5 million)|
|Music & home video rights with T~Series||₹5 crore (US$750,000)|
|worldwide distribution rights with Reliance entertainment||₹105 crore (US$16 million)|
|Total||₹120 crore (US$18 million)|
Zanjeer & Toofan worldwide distribution rights were sold for ₹105 crore (US$16 million).Except Nizam & Karnataka theatrical rights which were bought by Allu Arvind owner of Geetha Arts for ₹15 crore (US$2.2 million). Zanjeer satellite rights were sold to &Pictures for ₹10 crore (US$1.5 million).
Pre-release business of Toofan
|Territories and ancillary revenues||Price|
|Satellite rights with a TV channel||₹8 crore (US$1.2 million)|
|AP distribution rights||₹35 crore (US$5.2 million)|
|Karnataka rights||₹4.5 crore (US$670,000)|
|Total||₹46.5 crore (US$6.9 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 ₹7.25 crore (US$1.1 million) to Gemini TV due to the Co-producer and distributor of both the films is Reliance BIG entertainment itself.
Zanjeer/Toofan was released in 2,085 theatres in India and about 3550 theatres worldwide The total collections of both versions was around ₹67 crore (US$10 million) Share.> Zanjeer ended up by collecting ₹37 crore (US$5.5 million) Share while Thoofan collected a Share of ₹20 crore (US$3.0 million).
Domestic Distribution Rights of thoofan were sold for ₹50 crore (US$7.5 million) while worldwide distribution rights of Zanjeer and all its versions were sold for ₹105 crore (US$16 million).
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