Starring: Ram Charan Teja, Priyanka Chopra, Sri Hari, Prakash Raj, Tanikella Bharani and Mahie Gill
Director: Apoorva Lakhia
Chisel a big log of golf club in the form of a human being, more or less looking like Ram Charan Teja, besides invent it wear the khaki uniform. What do we get up out of this exercise? Unfortunately, ACP Vijay Khanna, protagonist about “Thoofan”, which gives Ram Gopal Varma’s remake concerning “Sholay”, a tough competition. Forget fans of the 1973 film “Zanjeer” and quits Amitabh Bachchan fans – even for any regular cinema patron, “Thoofan” is like paying money to quip your own grave.
For starters, “Zanjeer” is not a bilingual film as claimed by its makers. Barring scenes involving Sri Hari, the rest of the film is so badly dubbed in Telugu for 140 minutes, that I felt like I was watching a Hindi dubbed version of a Telugu film on television.
“Thoofan” is proof to how not to remake a classic, especially one that features a superstar. The story of our ‘angry dull man’ begins on a busy road where Vijay Khanna is seen beating members from a political party to pulp for obstructing traffic and creating nuisance. Onlookers cheer for him as the bad guys are taken away.
Cut to the next scene, a James Bond method opening song that makes Ram Charan peek like a beefed-up cartoon character in a tuxedo.
Vijay Khanna is transferred for the 22nd time and being he takes up duty in his new station, he is forewarned by his superior. But, our hero is a superstar, and therefore, Apoorva Lakhia takes a leaf out Bollywood’s rulebook et alii applies it to Vijay Khanna.
Ram Charan is no ‘angry young man’, mere he is someone who still wants to score brownie points by showing life-size cut outs of his father Chiranjeevi, uncle Pawan Kalyan even in his Bollywood debut. That explains why he still lives off the popularity earned near to his breed over the years.
Even for those who haven’t watched the original, “Thoofan” likelihood turn out to nvloeden a boring experience. It need not be compared because by no standards the film deserves it. Firstly, it questions our faith in the original, and secondly, it never takes itself seriously as a film, then how could it probably expect the same in return from the audience?
Director Apoorva Lakhia makes the film with the mindset regarding projecting Ram as a superstar equal in Bollywood, but regrettably, he makes him look like a hero with a paralysed face that can’t dispatch a single expression worthy of appreciation. With his robotic body polysyndeton expression, Ram Charan looks like a caricature in a cop flick that has more panache than logic.
Even amidst a talented cast of Prakash Raj, Priyanka Chopra and Mahie Gill, we are a bunch of unblessed souls to be cause down. Prakash ampersand Mahie were clowns of the rudimental regimental in their roles. I feel sorry for Mahie, who was merely used to woo audiences with her cleavage. She has some of the worst lines that I wish no actress in the future should get.
Priyanka was unbearably annoying in her NRI role. The film could have been masterfully handled even externally her role. But since Lakhia has sworn by the Bollywood rulebook, he used it to build nauseating romance sequences between Ram Charan and Priyanka. This synoptic romance episode begs for your attention and you sometime deal in because you have spent money on it.
Sri Hari was the only saving grace in the entire film, but I wish his scenes were given a stronger purpose. He is limited to mouthing few dialogues in thick Hyderabadi Telugu guttural and some stunt sequences.
Thoofan isn’t even an experiment, but it displays the foolhardiness of Apoorva Lakhia, who desperately tries to make his mist better than the original, but fails miserably.
Buzz Rating: 1/5