Big B might have praised it, but the jury would still be out whether the remake of ZANJEER would create the same kind of phenomenon and a cult movie that the original ZANJEER was? The premise is being put forward owing to the fact that all the promos associated with the remade ZANJEER are taking pains to underline that it is not a remake of ZANJEER as it was a cult film and it would not be possible to reach that status. Well, if that being the case, then the next logical question would be, why name the film as ZANJEER in the first place. It is being underlined that the remade ZANJEER is a tribute to the cult ZANJEER, a sort of a director Apoorva Lakhia’s take on ZANJEER.
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If one were to accept the fact that Ram Charan Teja and Priyanaka Chopra’s ZANJEER is a tribute to the original, then the tribute need to adhere to the broad contours of the original. It however does not seem to be a reality and it is more of a caricature, underlined from the dialogue that Prakash Raj utters- ‘Saala Naam Vijay Kya Rakkh Liya Apne Aap Ko Vijay Hee Samajhne Laga Hai. Vijay is not a name in Hindi cinema; it is an identity, a cult figure, which has not been ridiculed so far in all probability. Was it a tongue in cheek statement or a pointer to the maxim- What’s in a name? If it is a pointer to – What’s in a name, then it needs to be underlined, that in the world of Hindi cinema it is the name that matters. Did a Shahrukh Khan not say in CHENNAI EXPRESS, – ‘Naam Shayad Na Suna Ho’– Rahul, pointing to role names he played in quite a few of his films. Vijay as a name is synonymous with Big B and it would be difficult to find an instance where some other actor may have used this name as the screen name for the character that one has enacted.
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ZANJEER is also being marketed as a film that could be instrumental in facilitating image changeover for the Mumbai Police with the song ‘Mumbai Ka Hero’, but the moot point is the bikini clad lasses serenading Ram Charan Teja and even a Priyanka Chopra serenading in hot pants is not able to project the actual image of Mumbai Police. A Mumbai Police does not need a glamorous endorsement but it needs documentation of unknown heroes who have laid down their lives for the uniform. A T-shirt endorsement that Priyanka Chopra does- sporting – I LOVE MUMBAI POLICE- may be good on screen, but it would be interesting to watch out, how many of such T-shirts are sold along with the release of ZANJEER.
Films of the likes of ZANJEER are legendary and even if a tribute is being paid to them, it has to be paid in such a manner that the original texture is not altered. A Karan Johar demonstrated it with great finesse through AGNEEPATH, it would be interesting to watch whether Apoorva Lakhia is also able to attain the same, as to do it a powerhouse of performance is required, and if it is not on offer, then…
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