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Zinda
Reviewer's Summary - Average

Language: Hindi
Year: 2006
Actors: Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta, John Abraham, Celina Jaitley, Mahesh Manjrekar
Producer & Director: Sanjay Gupta
Music: Nikhil Chinnappa, Nikhil Chinappa, Shibani Kashyap
Lyrics: Virag Mishra, Anwar Maqsood, Vishal Dadlani, Sanjay Gupta
Screenplay: Suresh Nair & Sanjay Gupta
Dialogs: Kamlesh Pandey

Like a novice athlete exhausting all his energy in the first few minutes, Zinda (inspired by the 2003 Korean flick Oldboy) starts off on a brisk note but then loses momentum and stumbles badly.

Balajeet Roy (Sanjay Dutt) seems to have everything going for him. A nice job as a software programmer, a pretty wife Nisha Roy (Celina Jaitley) and a house by the ocean in Bangkok. One fine day Bala is taken captive and thrown into a bleak cell in Bangkok. He has no idea why.

After 14 years in that stark grey cell, he is suddenly released and given four days to find out the reason.

As Bala goes around trying to find the monster behind his long imprisonment, he comes across an Indian cab driver Jenny Singh (Lara Dutta), who gets dragged into his bloody quest for truth and revenge.

As he goes around spilling blood all round and pulling off the teeth of bad guys, Bala discovers a dark secret from his past that has brought about all this misery.

In his role of the businessman Rohit Chopra responsible for Bala's incarceration and misery, John Abraham is all right but cannot match up to Sanjay Dutt's performance.

What drags down this film into the average category is the story, which starts to unravel after the first 45 minutes or so.

Overall, the photography of Zinda is excellent. Kudos to director of photography Sanjay F.Gupta.

The love-making scene of Jenny and Bala lacks passion. Is this all the passion that Bollywood can summon in a bedroom scene?

The stunt scenes are so badly done as to defy belief. Isn't there anyone in Bangkok who can fight?

As the software programmer held captive for 14 years on a diet of fried wontons, Sanjay Dutt delivers a fine performance.

In typical herd fashion, Indian movie makers have now taken a love for Bangkok. Besides Zinda, two other recent Bollywood movies The Family and Ek Ajnabee were also shot there. - Copyright SearchIndia.com.


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