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Alive (2006)

Zinda (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 12 January 2006 (India)
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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Sanjay Gupta

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Vishal Dadlani (lyrics), Sanjay Gupta (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sanjay Dutt ... Balajit 'Bala' Roy
John Abraham ... Rohit Chopra
Lara Dutta ... Jenny Singh Sarji
Celina Jaitly ... Nisha B. Roy
Mahesh Manjrekar ... Joy Fernandes
Raj Zutshi ... Woo Fong
Alisha Baig Alisha Baig ... Reema Chopra
Nitin Raghani Nitin Raghani
Aditya Siddhu Aditya Siddhu
Rushita Singh Rushita Singh ... Reema B. Roy
Rahhull Dosani Rahhull Dosani
Chirag Chirag
Gaurav Chanana Gaurav Chanana ... (as Gaurav)
Master Shlok Chaturvedi Master Shlok Chaturvedi
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Storyline

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


Certificate:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English | Thai

Release Date:

12 January 2006 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Alive See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,246, 15 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$332,491

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,514,018
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Production Co:

White Feather Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Rohit Chopra: You need to realize that there are more important things in life than just making profits. If I lose one million everyday from now... it will take me exactly 65 years to be bankrupt... I'll be 95 and I'll be broke... I don't mind that
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Remake of Oldeuboi (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Har Saans - Remix
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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Unbelievable
3 February 2007 | by purecrimeSee all my reviews

Warning: I'm a German-Japanese / Poor English

Abnormally, i'd generally like to experience remade flicks. More so the if i loved the original. I know there are extremely few which equals or excels to the original but it's not a big problem for me 'cause i don't even expect them to. It is to me like a bonus track of a beloved album, no more no less.

So i got no hesitation in checking Zinda as well (i was even excited actually) 'cause the original must be in my all-time best 10, but, oh my..

I won't say any more about this XEROX COPY crap. (copied on retarded machine, moreover) Nough said by nough people.

Now one thing i just can't believe is how this could be legal. As far as i've read on internet articles, Sanjay and his people haven't even paid a penny to the original Oldboy makers for doing this, which means Zinda is not an official remake of Oldboy. Then what the h..! is Zinda's identity? Some's gonna say it's JUST BASED ON or INSPIRED thing but you know it's way beyond those kinds. Then what?

Sort of Homage thing ? Yea possible, but Sanjay and his company have hardly mentioned about the original on either official ads & reports or non-official comments. Instead, Sanjay's kept saying he's got a bit INSPIRED ONLY and Zinda is totally different from Oldboy or something like that. Besides, more importantly, while shamelessly copying scenes-by-scenes from Oldboy, Sanjay intentionally missed the KEY-POINT of Oldboy's story for his own audiences' taste, for COMMERCIAL PURPOSE in other words. Then how can we call it Homage anyway ?

My conclusion is : Zinda is not only a copy crap, it's rather A CRIME, LITERALLY. I don't understand why Oldboy makers let them make money with this stolen thing.

Am i disappointed ? No i'm fine i didn't even expect. I'm just p***ed and upset for this shitmakers' shamelessness that's all.


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