Movie Review: Zanjeer and Shuddh Desi Romance


Bollywood Hungama: 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: 3/5

Bollywood Life: Of course, the film has a happy Bollywood ending with the triumph of good over evil. In fact, after watching the last scene, it seems as if the makers are hoping to do a sequel to Zanjeer 2.0 – as if the remake wasn’t enough! Priyanka’s fans can enjoy this one for her presence, but anyone hoping to watch some great action is likely to be disappointed. Rating 2/5

KoiMoi: 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. I am going with a 2/5 with this desperate slog which goes on to prove that there indeed is a dearth of fresh stories in Bollywood. Rating 2/5

Rajeev Masand IBNLive: Ramgopal Varma Ki Aag, which I consider the worst Hindi movie ever made, now has company in the annals of film history. It's a coincidence that the second worst Hindi film I had the misfortune of watching is also a remake of a classic 70s hit - 'Zanjeer'. I'm going with zero out of five, for the new 'Zanjeer'. Without belittling their year-long battle with the film's makers to be compensated for remaking their script, one has to wonder if screenwriters Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar might consider donating some part of their settlement towards admitting these guys in film school. Rating 0/5

Hindustan Times: No actor can survive a train-wreck like this. Ramcharan is a superstar in Telugu cinema. I haven’t seen any of those films but here he works with two expressions - and anyway director Apoorva Lakhia seems more interested in his bulging muscles.The best thing in Zanjeer areTeja’s amazingly gaudy outfits. That’s what I was looking forward to in every scene. I’m going with one star. Rating 1/5

Times Of India: 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. Teja fails to strike fear, playing something between Al Capone (Untouchables) and a buffoon. The climax, shot against the backdrop of a Moharram procession, is interesting. Ram Charan, as the brooding policeman, excels in action. His dark eyes with long lashes adeptly convey anger. Sanjay Dutt is competent and lovable. Rating 3/5

Rediff: Zanjeer was never a particularly great film. Sure, it had Amitabh Bachchan at his most primal, all flammable eyes and sincerely-furious baritone. And it had Pran, who brought dignity and warmth to the proceedings. It had dialogue that seared the ear,The new Zanjeer, directed by Apoorva Lakhia, has none of these things. Least of all the hero. 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.These are what makes it a film we can watch over and over and over, with considerable awe. Rating 0/5

Indian Express: This film brings with it a series of whys, the first being the biggest: why remake an iconic film which has never disappeared from view? The filmmakers have been carefully calling it a "tribute", and they have added a couple of elements which weren't in the older film, but to me it was a neither here-nor-there thing: it's neither faithful remake nor campy, knowing tribute. It's just a poor copy. So why? There really is nothing in this film that catches your eye except for a few set pieces, and a new male face which could make some space for himself if he gets something better. The rest is best described by a dialogue in the film which goes thus: "that was work, this is a hangover". Rating 1.5/5

DNA: 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 2.5/5

NDTV: Throughout the film, we sense the director's immense affection for the original Zanjeer, a reverence that never clouds his judgement.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. Go for it! Rating 4/5


Shuddh Desi Romance

Bollywood Hungama: On the whole, SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE caters to the youth and reflects the mindset of a chunk of the youth these days. The film, which speaks a different lingo, is a gutsy attempt that defies the stereotype. Told in an entertaining format, it is sure to strike a chord with not just the youngsters, but also with those who love shudh [unchartered, in this case] storylines. Refreshingly different, give this one a chance. Recommended! Rating 3.5/5

Bollywood Life: In a nutshell, Shuddh Desi Romance is a cinematic delight that’s very difficult to explain and should better be consumed with patience and an open mind. Those who are stuck in the Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge kind of idealistic romance or looking for a mushy picture-perfect ending may not quite like this unconventional tale. But for those who are keen to see the evolving face of our very own and highly complex shuddh desi romance – as it is and absolutely unadulterated – cannot afford to miss this one! Rating 3.5/5

KoiMoi: Shuddh Desi Romance is a welcome change for the cynics amongst us who find typical romances like DDLJ filmy and unreal. The blossoming chemistry of its lead actors is a swell, but mostly this is a film that encapsulates the lives of ordinary people who perennially live in the fear of commitment and yet dare to take the leap for love every time! Call us confused, but atleast we are honest and don’t foster any sham! I am going with a 3.5/5 for this imaginative and luscious feat. Rating 3.5/5

Rajeev Masand IBNLive: 'Shuddh Desi Romance' takes that conventional wisdom propagated to us in the movies and turns it on its head. To a large extent, Shuddh Desi Romance reinvents the wheel as far as Bollywood rom-coms go. It's aggressively non-formulaic, and gives us characters who refuse to conform. The minor hiccups notwithstanding, this is a charming little film. I'm going with three-and-a-half out of five. You'll enjoy it. Rating 3.5/5

Hindustan Times: Maneesh and Jaideep capture a slice of urban India that is stuck somewhere between modernity and tradition but the film works because it has a lightness of being. There is no sermonizing here, just confusion, heart-ache and the inherent comedy of a society caught between labels, between love, lust, marriage, relationships. Shuddh Desi Romance loses steam in the second half and I’m old school so the ending left me dissatisfied. But these are minor quibbles. This film is a shot of adrenalin. I’m going with four stars. Rating 4/5

Times Of India: Maneesh Sharma's 'SDR' has a 'Band Bajaa Baraat' blend, but the essence lies in the conversational chemistry between the characters, some beautifully captured moments and slice-of-life scenes. He doesn't play safe, which is good, but the second half seems repetitive. The concept is engaging, but the plot is little shudd, little desi and quite confused. Rating 3/5

Mumbai Mirror: The film builds from there and reaches an exciting point at the cusp of the climax. Impossible choices must be made and we wait with bated breath. Alas, the screenplay gives into convenience and shields the hero from making a call that would lessen his stock with the audience. We'd probably feel cheated in either case. But here is where it slips before ambling on to an appropriate end. Should you watch Shuddh Desi Romance? Yes. It's light, it's unconventional, it's still Bollywood, and it breaks the fourth wall in more ways than one. Ignore the hiccups, and there's no reason you won't enjoy it. Rating 3/5

Rediff: Are romantic sensibilities so dispensable? Are live-in relationships really that simplistic? Shuddh Desi Romance doesn't probe and goes a tad overboard with the mockery towards the end. But it sure points out at the pink elephant in our society. At its 141 minutes running time (editing by Namrata Rao), there's never a dull moment in Sahni's penetrating jibes and whimsical trifling, which strives to convey a simple but underrated philosophy in the most fun way possible -- marry because you want to, not because you must. Rating 3.5/5

Average Score: 3.5/5


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