Radhika Rajamani says that it is better to watch Thoofan, the Telugu remake of Zanjeer as a separate film on account of its contemporary theme rather than compare it with the cult Zanjeer.
There has been plenty of talk and controversy ever since the remake of the cult film Zanjeer was announced. It was not just the fact that it was a remake of an iconic Hindi film, but that it was also made in Telugu to cash in on the Telugu star Ram Charan.
The Telugu version, Thoofan, is much like the Hindi version with the added presence of Telugu actor Srihari reprising Sher Khan’s role.
Comparisons are inevitable, but it would be better to view Thoofan as a separate film rather than compare it with the original.
The basic premise, plot and names of characters are retained as in the original. The contemporary touch is making the oil mafia the bad guys.
ACP Vijay Khanna (Ram Charan), an honest, aggressive and impetuous cop is transferred several times as he locks horns with the powers that be. After one incident, where he beats up a minister in Hyderabad, he is transferred to Mumbai and is initially asked to investigate the murder of a deputy collector called Sathe by the oil mafia he was tracking.
Mala (Priyanka Chopra), who is visiting India for a friend’s marriage, happens to be a witness to Sathe’s horrific death.
Vijay befriends Sher Khan (Srihari), a Pathan with a good heart. When Vijay comes to know that the kingpin of the oil mafia is Teja (Prakash Raj) he confronts him but Teja is quick to get him suspended. Vijay also seeks the help of journalist Jay Dev (Tanikella Bharani).