Zinda: The Indian Oldboy

August 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the movie Oldboy

So presumably by now, everyone has seen the trailer for the remake of Oldboy, the latest Spike Jones joint? If you have, you’ll be certain of two things – 1) 56 year old Lee still calling his films ‘joints’ is like the whole My Little Pony cult of Bronies. It’s embarrassing and needs to be stopped for the very good of mankind. 2) The fabric of the internet is being put under colossal strain by so many fans of the original Oldboy crying out that Hollywood has become a utopia to the unoriginal.

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But before people distribute the pitchforks and storm the bastille, it’s not like this the first time Oldboy was remade. Released three years after, there was the Indian unofficial remake, Zinda.

How unofficial was it?

Well, let’s put it this way – Director Sanjay Gupta wasn’t going to let a little thing like, I don’t know, owning the rights to Oldboy get in the way of making his film. This is after all the man who brought us Kaante – A *cough* homage *cough* to Reservoir Dogs that Tarantino described as ‘fabulous’. Not that the King of the Homage would say anything bad, considering the huge similarities between his Reservoir Dogs and the 1987 Hong Kong action, City on Fire. C’mon Tarantino! You know it! I know it! We all know it! I’m drifting…

 

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