Zinda (2006)

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A man, taken and locked up for 14 years without any sane reason, is suddenly released, and has 4 days to figure out why this was done to him.



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Cast overview:
Balajit 'Bala' Roy
Jenny Singh Sarji
Nisha B. Roy
Mahesh Manjrekar ...
Joy Fernandes
Rajendranath Zutshi ...
Woo Fong (as Raj Zutshi)
Alisha Baig ...
Reema Chopra
Nitin Raghani
Aditya Siddhu
Rushita Singh ...
Reema B. Roy
Rahhull Dosani
Gaurav Chanana ...
(as Gaurav)
Master Shlok Chaturvedi


Unkempt and unruly-looking, Balajit Roy (Sanjay Dutt), gets released from a room in Bangkok that he had been forcibly confined to. Reflecting on his life as a Software Engineer; his first wedding anniversary with his expectant wife, Nisha (Celina Jaitley); his friend, Joy Fernandes (Mahesh Manjrekar); and his house by the jetty. It is here that an unknown male shoots a tranquilizing dart, and he wakes up in a dark cell, is fed fried Won Tons twice a day, and has a TV set for company. He watches the world news - Nisha's murder with him as the prime suspect; the events of September 11, 2001; the devastating 2004 Tsunami; and the fall of Saddam Hussein. Valium gas is injected into the cell, he is rendered unconscious, taken out, groomed, while the cell is cleaned. This becomes a routine in his life, and then after 14 years he is let out. With the help of a savvy, street-smart taxi-driver, Jenny Singh Sarji, and Joy, he sets out to locate the person(s) responsible for his confinement, and... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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One good act of vengeance.... deserves another


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Release Date:

12 January 2006 (India)  »

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$167,246 (USA) (13 January 2006)


$167,246 (USA) (13 January 2006)

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Did You Know?


Akshaye Khanna was signed for John Abraham's role but opted out due to financial matter's. See more »


The knife in Balajeet's back changes positions from the center to top left. See more »


Balajeet Roy: Why did you do this?
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References The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003) See more »


Har Saans
Written by Anwar Maqsood
Composed by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by Krishna
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Remake (particularly bad one) of Korean Oldboy where a man is inexplicably held prisoner for fourteen years and only has four days to find out why
16 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bollywood should NEVER try to be as ambitious to tackle films like Oldboy. Indian morality eventually gets in the way. Such attempts are cringeworthy. Do not bother watching Zinda unless you like talentless 'eye candy' type films. Watch the original instead. What is it with Bollywood anyway? They shamelessly copy from oriental cinema/Hollywood and try to pass it off as their own. You can't help but feel disappointed. It was a massacre of the cultish Oldboy. You have to have a strong stomach to stomach some of the things that happen in Oldboy. Its like Bollywood was sugar coating the themes in Oldboy and what do you end up with? A version which your granny can watch with you without feeling too offended. If that was the case then Zinda should never have been made. Well it shouldn't have!

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