Thursday 5 September 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 185

Zanjeer Take 2


It is more than a month that Sanjay Dutt has been inside the jail and in a few hours from now his second film will be released that Sanjay will not be there to watch it. His producer and his director have been issuing statements about how much they miss him and want to screen the film for Sanjay and his inmates inside the jail. In Zanjeer Sanjay has done a qawwali song but this is not the first time he will be singing a qawwali on screen.
Years ago, before he  was launched as a hero in Rocky by his father Sunil Dutt, Sanjay starred as a child star in Ajanta Arts 1972  starrer Reshma aur Shera where he was a part of a qawwali scene wearing the bandi –topi the complete costume.  Though the actor has starred in almost 150 films and done all kinds of roles, he never got another opportunity to enact a qawwali number 41 years later in Zanjeer.
Dutt plays Pran saab’s role of Sher Khan in this re-imagined version of Zanjeer and instead of ‘Yaari hai iman mera…’ sings 'Khochey pathan ki zubaan…' Director Lakhia is confident that this is among Sanjay’s most memorable performances. Lakhia says Priyanka is the new age Jaya Bhaduri and Ram Charan, the new angry man. He has introduced new characters of Mahie Gill and Atul Kulkarni to make the film more contemporary.
In 1973 a chain/ Zanjeer altered t destinies of two actors : Amitabh Bachchan, for whom the film proved the end of   failure and Rajesh Khanna, for whom it was the beginning of the end…Let’s wait and watch whose career is altered this time round.
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