As expected Zanjeer turned out to be not just a terrible remake, also a evidence that a filmmaker who hardly tried to do the justice.
Lakhia turned on irritating the audience with an endless collection of cheap jokes, unjustified violence, generic item songs, unpleasant characters in loud costumes and a overflow of bad acting.
Here is the critics review :
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
The new ZANJEER borrows from the original, but it is more of an updated avatar of that film. The essence remains the same, the characters are similar too, even a dialogue or two has been retained... but let me put it this way -- it's his interpretation of a film that's admired even after four decades of its release. 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!
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Meena Iyer Site:Times Of India (TOI)
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.
Ratings:0/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site: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.
Ratings:-- Review By: Sneha May Francis Site:Emirates24by7
Considering comparisons with the original are inevitable, the latest version will only expose Bollywood’s inability to fine-tune or even, convincingly rehash a story that had once thrilled the audience. While it’d be unfair to bracket 'Zanjeer' along with director Ram Gopal Verma’s infamous take on the iconic ‘Sholay’ or Karan Malhotra’s bearable, yet mediocre adaptation of ‘Agneepath’, Lakhia’s fractured and glossy attempt just doesn't make the cut.
Ratings:2/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: Based on the old Zanjeer, the film ultimately is an undeniably novel concept. What’s Bad: Needless tinkering of a story that was better left untouched. Watch or Not?: I am not really a fan of remakes, but this clearly ranks amongst the shabbier ones I’ve encountered. Based on Prakash Mehra’s vintage classic that marked the advent of Big B as Bollywood’s angry young man, Zanjeer even with its share of spiffy action clearly misses the raw flair that Salim-Javed’s touch had done to the screenplay. All the crashing thrills and smashing stunts simply couldn’t save this film from being a flat, tiresome and sore bore.