Remaking an iconic film like ZANJEER, which heralded the rise of the angry young man, Amitabh Bachchan, the mega star, is certainly a difficult feat to achieve. Even musically the film had super hit music by Kalyanji - Anandji and songs like ''Yaari Hai Imaan Mera''
, ''Chakku Churiyaan''
etc are remembered till date. The makers of the remake have gone in for as many as three composers, Meet Bros, Chirantan Bhatt and Anand Raj Anand (guest composer) for the album, and all three need no introduction as they are all talented and have delivered some super hit music in the past. So let's check out what the trio have to offer here.
''Mumbai Ke Hero''
is more like a 'bhaigiri'
number that befits films like SHOOTOUT etc and even Mika Singh renders the song in that mood and Talia Benson accompanies him with some over the top rap portions. Amitabh Bachchan's legendary dialogues from the original ZANJEER find place here and that is about the only USP of the Chirantan Bhatt composed Shabbir Ahmed written number.
Oft repeated tune is a big letdown for the highlight item number, ''Pinky''
picturised on the hot Priyanka Chopra, and rendered by Mamta Sharma. Meet Bros. Anjjan Ankit fail to utilize Mamta's potential and one expected something above the ordinary from them. Even the lyrics are tacky and routine. CHECK OUT: Priyanka Chopra - Mary Kom film is not a biopic
Chirantan Bhatt's romantic compositions for Vikram Bhatt's HAUNTED are still popular, and so the next outing, ''Lamha Tera Mera'' promised lot but this turns out to be another routine love ballad. Fresh talent Wajhi Farooki's base vocals are pleasing to the ears and he does sound promising and Palak Muchal gives him adequate support.
Pran's legendary 'qawwaali' ''Yari Hai Imaan Mera''
from the original is definitely an impossible task to recreate, but Meet Bros. Anjjan Ankit come up with a very good, in fact, top notch composition, ''Khochey Pathan Ki Zubaan''
. Of course aiding the number to a large extent are great singers like Sukhwinder Singh and Shadaab Sabri along with the composers who do a superb job in the all traditional 'qawwali'. Shabbir Ahmed does a good job and uses famous couplets (sher) like, ''Sab kuch khuda se maang liya tujhe mangne ke baad, Uthte nahin hai haath ab is dua ke baad,''
to a desired effect.
The entire film has a plastic feel. Actors, characters, sets, dialogues and action. Sirf naam Zanjeer rakhne se, koi 'angry young man' Nahi Banta.
Amitabh Bachchan shook off the ashes of his flops with this film to create the 'angry young man' persona. The new lad, Ram Charan tries very, very, very hard. He will first have to loosen up to set himself free from the chains that are restricting his movements.
Even the horse which comes in a dream could not be properly duplicated. That's the tragedy of this remake.
Since there was no legal action and attempts to stall the film, I guess they (Salim-Javed) got their dues. CHECK OUT: ZANJEER - Is remake everyone's cup of tea?
What about the viewers? Why do they have to be subjected to such juvenile crap that makes an ass of a classic?
If at all you still want to watch ZANJEER, please buy a DVD of the original. It will be worth your time and money.