Zinda (2006)


Cast: Sanjay Dutt, John Abrahim, Lara Dutta, Celina Jaitley, Mahesh
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Besides a story that is indeed a novel experience for Indian moviegoers, ZINDA is embellished with several twists and turns in the tale that come as a complete shocker. For those who haven’t watched the original, ZINDA will take you by complete surprise.

Also, the look and tone of the film is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Like Gupta’s last effort [MUSAFIR], ZINDA is provocative and graphic and frankly, you ought to have a strong stomach to absorb the film. Inspite of all these USPs, Zinda might not convince enough aam janta to shelve few bucks due to its extreme Hollywood style.
There is an old saying ‘ When in Rome, do as the Romans do’ or ‘Jaisa Desh Waisa Besh’. Zinda serves too much of voilence and gore, which might offend large part of Indian paying audience specailly childrens.

So much is for the opinion now, the get the story.


Bala [Sanjay Dutt], a software engineer, arrives in Bangkok with his wife Nisha [Celina Jaitley]. However, one fine day, he is abducted by someone for mysterious reasons. When Bala wakes up, he finds himself in a locked room, with the only human contact being a faceless person who delivers his meals.

His only window to the outside world is the television in his room and from it, Bala learns that his wife Nisha [Celina Jaitley] has been murdered and he is the prime suspect. Days become weeks, weeks become months, and months turn into years as Bala remains locked up, with the television bringing images of a changing world [WTC bombings, Tsunami].

Then, inexplicably, Bala is released after spending fourteen years locked away. However, he quickly learns that his ordeal is far from over, as he is handed some money and a cell phone, triggering the next stage of the twisted game that is being directed by Bala’s still-unknown tormentor.

Bala starts his hunt for the unknown enemy. Circumstances bring him close to Jenny [Lara Dutta], a cabbie, who gets to know his ordeal. With Jenny and his friend’s [Mahesh Manjrekar] help, Bala pieces together clues that eventually lead him to the person responsible for his imprisonment — a businessman named Rohit Chopra [John Abraham].

And in finding the answers to the two burning questions — why was he imprisoned in the first place and why was he released fourteen years later — Bala uncovers more than a few shocking revelations.

On the whole, ZINDA is an interesting story told in a stylish format. Unfortunately, a theme like this has its limitations: The dry, dark and gruesome film will appeal to the guys [youth] more than the fairer sex, but it’s definitely not for the ladies/families.

Coming soon @ you know where, dont you?

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