Zanjeer is a 1973 Indian action film directed and produced by Prakash Mehra. It was also an overseas blockbuster at the Soviet box office, where it drew an audience of 37.3 million viewers in 1980. Zanjeer gave Amitabh Bachchan’s career the much-needed boost. Brought up by his grandfather, Arjun Singh moves to the city in search of a new job and life. After Khan completed the script, Khan shared the credit with Javed Akhtar, as the screenwriting duo Salim–Javed. DSP D'Silva is the only one who knows about his death, and to get hold of the gang he trains Don-lookalike Vijay. A mysterious caller continually phones Inspector Khanna to inform him exactly when a crime is about to take place, but hangs up before Khanna can extract any more information out of him. He plays a police officer Vijay Khanna who seeks some answers from life after the brutal murder of his family in his childhood. [1] In addition to being a turning point for Bachchan's career and Hindi cinema, Zanjeer was also a turning point for South Indian cinema, with Bachchan's acting inspiring future Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth. At the time, Bachchan was a "failed newcomer" who, by the age of 30, had twelve flops and only two hits (as a lead in Bombay to Goa and supporting role in Anand). We also hear that Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai is a tribute to Amitabh Bachchan’s cop act in Zanjeer (1973). (1973). He was exceptional, a genius actor who was in films that weren’t good. Zanjeer (transl. Shackles) is a 1973 Indian Hindi-language crime action drama film written by Salim–Javed (mostly by Salim Khan, with assistance from Javed Akhtar), directed and produced by Prakash Mehra, and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Pran, Ajit Khan and Bindu. When she is questioned by Vijay, he becomes enraged at her denying she knows anything, and, to sway her differently, takes her into the morgue to view the mangled bodies of the children. With Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Pran, Om Prakash. Bachchan stated, “Salim-Javed saw a fight sequence in Bombay to Goa where I was chewing gum throughout the fight, as an indicator that I would be the right choice for Zanjeer.”[2] Salim Khan was responsible for introducing Bachchan to Mehra. Vijay is the angry young man playing the son. He and Jaya got married a month before Abhimaan released. Directed by Prakash Mehra, the film features Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Pran, Om Prakash, Ram Sethi, Ajit Khan and Bindu in lead roles. Inspired by a true mining tragedy the film is about people from all walks of life showing courage and character to fight the forces of nature. Obviously, if you try to watch a movie keeping yourself in the period when it came out, you'll definitely like it more, but not every movie was good back then, and definitely are not going to be good in retrospect. We feel that when we watch that movie. Written by Big B started his career in 1969 with the film Saat Hindustani.He then starred in many films but apart from Anand and Bombay To Goa, most of them failed to make a mark at the box office.But it was 1973 release Zanjeer He was able to make out one of them as underworld don Teja and promise himself that he would not rest in peace until he takes revenge. Keshto Mukherjee also played a key role as Gangu in the movie. Forever. This FAQ is empty. [2], For the film's promotion, the posters of Zanjeer initially did not have the names of Salim-Javed on them. Each title is ranked according to its share of pageviews among the items displayed. Amitabh Bachchan is a megastar, but he didn’t have a great start in Bollywood. Bishan loses his fortune while helping his friend Kishan in his singing career. He was able to make out one of them as underworld don Teja and promise himself that he would not rest in peace until he takes revenge. Various dealings of the underworld continue unabated throughout the town, all tracing back to gang leader Teja (Ajit Khan). However, she was engaged at the time, and opted out, choosing marriage over career. Thousands of fans, as is the wont, will descend into the precincts of … He then fights for the coolies rights and faces challenges from a businessman. When a traffic accident perpetrated by gang members leaves several children dead, a witness, a street performer named Mala (Jaya Bhaduri), is bribed by Teja's men to keep quiet. He says that on Christmas several years before, his three sons drank poisoned moonshine, and died from it. The man, De Silva (Om Prakash), appears half-insane, holding onto an empty bottle. At a time when India was suffering from corruption and low economic growth, and the common man was left with frustration and anger over the system, Zanjeer began shifting Hindi cinema in a violent and aggressive direction. When he is released from jail, he plans to take revenge. "I still don't understand the connection between that scene and me bagging 'Zanjeer'," confessed Amitabh Bachchan on the show. According to Salim Khan, they "strongly felt that Amitabh was the ideal casting for Zanjeer". They are later joined by another man who wants revenge against the gangster. Jaya Bhaduri, who was engaged to Bachchan at the time, immediately agreed to take the role, for the sake of her future husband. [9] Its overseas gross in the Soviet Union amounted to 9.325 million SUR (US$14.58 million, ₹11.46 crore), equivalent to US$45 million (₹282 crore) in 2016. But the thing that makes Zanjeer better than all of them, apart from being one of the earliest of its kind is that it knew how to make things not look cheesy for most parts. They contribute at least something to the story. And, when he is in relief, we feel that, and that's something not all the movies of its kind have. He was best in Deewaar and Kaala Patthar as the angry young man, but this one is a very close second. This article is about the 1973 film. gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com, If a movie is capable of making some nobody like Amitabh Bachchan to a megastar that he still is today, that movie is something special. [2] At a time when Hindi cinema was dominated by romance films with "romantic hero" leads, Prakash Mehra saw the script as potentially groundbreaking and came on board as the film's director. Updated: Oct 11, 2017 - 10:22 IST . But Vijay faces danger from the police and from within the gang. The son grows up to be a rebellious alcoholic. Zanjeer is the movie that created the 'angry young man' persona that catapulted Amitabh Bachchan to cinematic fame in the 1970s and established his prolific career. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. [14] The film is also simultaneously shot in Telugu titled Toofan, featuring the same cast except Srihari replaces Sanjay Dutt as Sher Khan, and Tanikella Bharani replaces Atul Kulkarni. He lets her in, allows her to stay, and the two discover that they are both orphans, and discuss the fears associated with living alone. Even as a child Vijay stays socially awkward and stays away from the other kids, showing the audience that he believes himself to be alone. But, I think, the main reason for that would be that we can feel what the hero is feeling. It was loosely based on the American movie Death Rides a Horse. Modelled on Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer, Radhe would have no songs for Salman Khan. Eventually, Vijay is framed for bribery, stripped of his title and position as inspector, and jailed for 6 months on false charges, trapped by Teja. Romantic scenes are there, which are cherishing, but not at all reminds of a generic romance prevalent in the cinema of India back then. According to lore, Bachchan had made up his mind that if Zanjeer flunked he would bundle back to hometown Allahabad. Amitabh Bachchan – Zanjeer This art print displays sharp, vivid images with a high degree of colour accuracy. An engineer visiting a town, has a brief affair with a local girl and walks off, leaving her with a child. Title: [2] The role of the lead was first offered to many leading men of the time, including Raaj Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, and Dev Anand, all of whom turned down the offer. [3], For the female lead, Mumtaz was initially offered the role. The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Pran in lead roles. Although his performance is terrific, if you have seen his later works, you can see the rooms for improvement. Pran as Sher Khan is a great supporting character, equally aggressive as our hero but a little naive in nature. Use the HTML below. KBC 12 : Amitabh Bachchan shares how he get role in Zanjeer. Worldwide, the film grossed a total of ₹17.46 crore ($22.33 million). It's more than two and a half hours long, but doesn't feel like one. Eventually, along with a concerted effort by Sher Khan to cheer up Vijay, Mala relents, vowing she will not try to control him, and says he must do what is right. View production, box office, & company info. A police officer (Amitabh Bachchan) after the brutal murder of his family seeks some answers from life. Check out IMDb's highest-rated movies and TV shows of 2020, most-viewed trailers, top stars, memorable moments, and more! Shackles) is a 1973 Indian Hindi-language crime action drama film written by Salim–Javed (mostly by Salim Khan, with assistance from Javed Akhtar), directed and produced by Prakash Mehra, and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Pran, Ajit Khan and Bindu. Zanjeer made him a star and marked the beginning of the "Amitabh Bachchan Phenomenon". Bachchan does a really great job in his first role as the angry young man. When a homeless and orphaned young man finds work in the house of a wealthy man, he falls in love with the daughter of that wealthy man. Some of them are Zanjeer, Silsila, Ek Nazar, … This film also has historical significance as it ignited Amitabh Bacchan as India's premiere cinema hero. A tough and honest police officer clashes with a crime boss who, unbeknownst to him, happens to be his parents' murderer. He does a great job of playing a kinda mysterious character whose plotline merges absolutely perfectly with the main story. When Iqbal gets separated from his mother and brother by a flood, he becomes a coolie at Mumbai railway station. [2] According to Javed Akhtar, they "saw his talent, which most makers didn’t. 10 unsung performances by Amitabh Bachchan before Zanjeer. This divide causes problems in their relationship. When the hapless police inspector is held at gunpoint by Teja, Vijay manages to drop to retrieve a pistol from the ground, and shoots him dead, his body falling into the swimming pool. From ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ to ‘Zanjeer’ and ‘Kaalia’ – the duo have Add the first question. She is chased through the night, narrowly escaping across the train tracks, and coming to Inspector Khanna's house, desperate for shelter. Eventually, it went to a newcomer, Amitabh Bachchan, and established his career. "[1] According to Bachchan, Salim-Javed were close to Rajesh Khanna and could've convinced him to play the role, but they instead opted for the unknown Bachchan. 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