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Zanjeer (1973)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 11 May 1973 (India)
A tough and honest police officer clashes with a crime boss who, unbeknownst to him, happens to be his parents' murderer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
De Silva
Police Commissioner Singh (as Iftikhar)
Gangu (as Kesto Mukherji)
Randhir ...
Lala Ashok - Sherkhan's friend - Usurer
Gulshan Bawra ...
Street Singer
B.B. Bhalla
Sanjana ...
Street Dancer
Purnima ...
Sumitra - Vijay's mother


A police officer (Amitabh Bachchan) after the brutal murder of his family seeks some answers from life. Where he was suspended from duty, because of false story portrayed against him by traitors, when he decides to track down the killer of his family years ago, with the help of a street-wise knife sharpening girl (Jaya Bhaduri), and a Pathan (Pran). 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. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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During the making of Zanjeer, Ajit asked the director if he had met Haji Mastan and others. He had observed that when they spoke, they didn't speak loudly. Instead, they spoke in a very sophisticated manner and were always smiling. So he changed the way a villain speaks with this movie. The truth is that Salim Khan knew a don in Bhopal or Indore and wrote the character based on that guy. He took Ajit to meet that person and dad stayed with that gentleman for a week, studied him and then portrayed him on screen. See more »


Police Inspector: The hand that tries to hide fire gets burnt by the fire itself.
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A good movie
25 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a unique movie (well, until every director started to copy the theme).

I don't think I need to comment on the story, it's good though. This is Amitabh's first hit, and he's been on top of the movie industry since then, and did an excellent job as usual. Everyone played their roles very well, and acting wise nothing is wrong. The only thing is if you're like me, you'll think there's a little bit too much violence. Actually, Amitabh got hurt during the shooting and when he was asked he acted like nothing had happened. But later Prakash Mehra felt his head and there was a large bump on it...AB is very dedicated obviously.

But excellent songs! KA are wonderful music directors! An entertaining movie, a must see, and you just have to listen to the superbly composed title music.


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