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Everything is distorted in Apoorva Lakhia’s Zanjeer (Shackles), a modern-day version of the iconic 1973 action-thriller of the same name that gave Amitabh Bachchan his aura of Bollywood’s angry young man.
Inspector Vijay Khanna (played by Ram Charan) is not the brooding, intense young man of the original. The protagonist is now a sculpted statue that twists its face while expressing emotion.
The friendship between Sher Khan (the original was perhaps Pran’s most famous screen role) and Vijay is only depicted through lofty monologues from the characters. We never get a sense of how the two become friends.
In the new Zanjeer, Vijay Khanna is a troubled police inspector on the lookout for gangster Teja (Prakash Raj), who runs an oil mafia and speaks in double entendres. Mala is a non-resident Indian holidaying in the country when she witnesses a murder at the hands of Teja’s men.