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Thoofan Review

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Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait for OTT
Firstly, the Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram song needs to be copyrighted. It is a bhajan that asks for sanmati to everyone. While Satyagraha at least made a decent attempt to use it in the context of a movement to weed out corruption, Thoofan actually uses it as a background to the hero's introduction fight. Ram Charan, playing ACP Vijay Khanna, bashes up a state minister and his goons in the middle of the road to stop them from continuing their rasta roko to a deafening instrumental version of Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, and is constantly seen walking up the corridors of the police station to the same song.

Why? What does the song signify? Is he being made out to be the embodiment of Ram? Is it because Amar Mohile gave Apoorva Lakhia the wrong CD? We guess we will never find the answer to that one.

Thoofan, the Telugu version of Ram Charan's debut Hindi feature, Zanjeer, is a sad remake of the original. The original was never a superb film, but it benefited to no end due to Amitabh Bachchan's silences (the famous silences that made him the "Angry Young Man") and due to Pran's impeccable portrayal of a lovable Pathan who plays a foe turned friend. The new version reduces both these characters to caricatures, and destroys the emotional core of the original.

The movie is about Vijay Khanna's fight against the oil mafia in Mumbai. The mafia, as can happen only in movies, is led by one man and one man only, Teja (Prakash Raj). Teja alternates between playing a fool with his moll, Mona (Mahie Gill), and a tough guy dealing with the cops.

Vijay also has some childhood trauma due to an incident in which both his parents are stabbed in front of his eyes, and keeps having recurring dreams about the killer, who has a stallion tattooed on his wrist.

Into this extremely routine story of good cop + revenge, we have two more extremely routine sub plots - one in which a witness (Mala, an NRI played by Priyanka Chopra) protected by our hero falls in love with him, and another one with a golden-hearted criminal, Sher Khan (played by a listless Srihari).

The movie does a terrible job of alternating among these three plots. We wait for the end in a breathless manner, not because we are enamoured, but because we are bored out of our skulls and want to go home and see the original Zanjeer to atone for our sins

Thoofan is terribly inconsistent in its tone and tenor. The director sets up several big ticket sequences, but does not use them to any end. There are two huge crowd sequences - one during Ganesh Nimarjan, and the other during a Moharram procession. Both are used only as montage shots, from which we cut away to action happening elsewhere. In another example, Priyanka Chopra is shown to be staying in the Park Hotel in Mumbai, but all the external shots are those of the Park Hotel Hyderabad.

And Ram Charan, who plays the tough cop in one scene, turns terribly romantic with Priyanka Chopra in the next. His performance is heavily influenced by his masala movie school of thought, and he ends up playing a show-offish cop as against the silent and sincere cop he is supposed to portray.

Prakash Raj, who plays a tough gangster, wears bathrobes through a majority of the film, and garishly printed suits when he is not wearing bathrobes.

Mahie Gill, who destroys the legacy of Mona Darling, shows skin, and talks about getting some action all the time. Priyanka Chopra plays a talkative NRI, the kind that will gladly be strangled by NRIs for portraying their ilk in such bad light.

Srihari screams his lungs out, and is totally out of his depth. The supporting actors are unfamiliar faces to Tollywood, and fail to generate the desired comic effect.

The technical values are decent, with the film being glossily shot. The music is the loo-break variety, and the placement of songs is incredibly bad. Imagine the super-serious cop bursting into the "Hum hain Mumbai ke hero" song when he is being suspended and is sitting at home.

The opening titles have a semi-clad woman (James Bond influence?) dancing away to glory in the backdrop of a hooded man with a knife (the hero's recurring dream through the movie) and drenched in oil (giving us a broad hint that the movie is about the oil mafia). We are sure the director got a pat on his back for this creative visualization (that we felt like thwacking him on the back is another matter altogether).

Overall, Thoofan is a wasted effort. Ram Charan has done better in several (or all) of his Telugu films. His debut in Hindi sure required some buzz around it, but starring in a remake of an iconic film was a wrong choice.
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  • Cast
    Ram Charan, Priyanka Chopra, Srihari, Prakash Raj, Mahie Gill, Tanikella Bharani
  • Music
    Anand Raj Anand, Chirantan Bhatt, Meet Bros Anjjan
  • Director
    Apoorva Lakhia
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait for OTT - NA
steven on 19th Sep 2013, 9:29am | Permalink
Worst movie
kris on 11th Sep 2013, 1:40pm | Permalink
I can only add this link... which I really felt, truly captured the reaction of 99% of Indian audience who watched the slobber of a movie called Zanjeer (2013):
Mahi22cool on 7th Sep 2013, 10:22am | Permalink
''ACP vijay khanna'', the angry young man character in yester year's blockbuster zanjeer, brought overnight stardum to legendary amitabh n ofcourse changed the face of hindi cinema from romance genre to action the same character returns as launch vehicle for ramcharan into bollywood in zanjeer remake...infact its a dream launch, has it worked out? interesting story on the backdrop of oil mafia was selected which really engages u n its the best part of the movie...actors excelled in their part but its the technical department which made the movie a mediocre one -ramcharan gave a decent performance though he looks too young for the role, his main strength of dance skills were not utilised properly that comes as a big letdown; priyanka chopra was bubbly n energetic but conspicuously she looked elder to ramcharan;sanjay datt as sherkhan was as powerful as before;prakash raj with his wit n villainy infused lot of energy into the movie...but all the technical departments failed-dyslexic screenplay, amateurish direction, noisy background score, mindless n jerky editing, all together spoiled the movie...Zanjeer will remain as one of those bad remakes,time pass kinda movie...only watch hindi version coz the telugu version is furthur spoiled by poor dubbing n forced comedy scenes...?
6 on 6th Sep 2013, 7:42pm | Permalink
suuperb moviee noi comments anthe....ram charan rocks
Srinath on 6th Sep 2013, 7:37pm | Permalink
You didn't like the film is fairly understood! But, "felt like thwacking him on the back!!??" Will this even be called a review?
Raj on 6th Sep 2013, 1:55pm | Permalink
Routine Old action action flick
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