Actress Priyanka Chopra has come a long way in the Bollywood industry. After delivering some great movies like Fashion, Barfi, 7 Khoon Maaf and a few more, PC is today considered as one of the most sought after actresses in the tinselville. That's not the end of it. Priyanka is also synonymous with the Bachchan remakes with her appearances in Don, Agneepath and now Zanjeer. Though her last two Big B remakes - Don and Agneepath turned out to be major hits, her latest Zanjeer has failed to impress the audience.
This film, which is a remake of the 1973 Zanjeer, features debutant Ram Charan Teja and Priyanka Chopra in the leads. In Zanjeer remake, Teja will be playing the police officer Vijay, which was portrayed by Amitabh Bachchan in the original, while Priyanka Chopra reprises Jaya Bachchan's role - Mala. PC, who considers herself as the Bachchan's remake queen was recently heard saying in an interview, "I have a good track record with the remakes, so I am the lucky mascot!" She also said that she has paid a tribute to Jaya Bachchan in the remake. But, none of Priyanka's statements really match up to what has been shown in the movie. The Zanjeer remake, in one word, is miserable, and both Priyanka and Cherry's performances have been slammed by the film critics.
If Ram Charan Teja is expressionless in the movie, Priyanka Chopra, who plays the role of a rich NRI lady is no way close to the legendary Jaya. Most of the reviewers claim that PC overdid herself this time and was too irritating at times. Go through the slider to read more about what the film critics have to say about Chopra's performance in the remake...
The most grating performance comes from Priyanka Chopra, who was so good in last year's Barfi, you have to wonder if that role sucked all the talent right out of her. Like a six year old on a sugar high, she chatters away inanities without pausing for breath; her Mala an idiot version of Jaya Bachchan's memorable take on the character.
Priyanka Chopra as Mala seems to be trying too hard to be bubbly and be the comic relief in the movie. But her 'forever giggling on her own jokes' American born desi avatar gets annoying in many of her routines. Bad scripting added to a loud Priyanka, makes sure that she fails to show her prowess as an actor that she so effortlessly pulled off in Agneepath or Barfi.
Priyanka plays a hyper-talkative bimbette -- in her words, a "simple NRI ladki" -- who talks nineteen to the dozen but, forget about matching up to Jaya Bachchan from the original, she serves only to show us how tough it must have been for Kareena Kapoor to pull off Poo.
Priyanka's bubbly act has some enjoyable moments, but we wish she put a restraint order on those giggles! Pinky song comes in early, but has an infectious beat and is well shot.
Priyanka Chopra leaves me sad as the actress settles as a mere arm candy for an actor. She is a storehouse of caliber and it's a shame she is letting all that remain unused.
If you thought Priyanka Chopra couldn't do anything more embarrassing than Exotic, you're in for a real surprise. She plays a rich NRI who flies to India to attend a Facebook friend's wedding, does an item number at said wedding and becomes the surrogate wife of a police officer she meets a day later. She does bubbly, she does Pinky, she does slapstick, she does quirky and she does cute, all at once. Maybe her character is a parable of the human condition, or an allegory of psychic intervention, or social commentary regarding the existence of bipolar serial killers breeding in our midst. I have no idea.
Priyanka looks smashing but is overzealous in the American Born Desi Gujarati Girl act.
Ram Charan makes a debut in this Zanjeer remake directed by Apoorva Lakhia. Giving him company is Priyanka Chopra, a hare-brained NRI who keeps calling out to her pappa when she is not generally being a nuisance with her constant chatter.
Priyanka Chopra, who takes on Jaya Bachchan's Mala armed with nothing more than a toned body and luscious eyelashes. For an actress of her caliber, you'd expect her to do a lot more than just shake a leg and look glam. Priyanka, however, doesn't spring any surprises.