ACP Vijay Khanna (Ram Charan) is a tough young cop who does not bog down for any pressures. As a result, transfers become quite common for him. And in one of his tussles with a ruling party leader, he gets transferred to Mumbai where gets to investigate the murder of a vice-collector and it leads him to oil mafia and dreaded criminal Rudra Pratap Teja (Prakash Raj). What happens next and how Vijay solves the case forms the crux of the story.
Ram Charan comes up with a solid performance in the role of ACP Vijay Khanna. His character is rugged and intense and is a perfect fit for the character. Fans cannot ask for more what makes it a very good launch pad in Bollywood.
Piggy Chops is ultra glamorous especially in Pinky and Mumbai Ke Hero songs. Performance wise she is okay. But there is no chemistry at all between her and Charan. Srihari as Sher Khan and Tanikella Bharani as a valiant crime reporter come up with a dignified performance. Prakash Raj is good as mafia don Teja and Mahie Gill comes up with a good performance in a vamp character. Her skin show in Jeevithanne song will be a treat for mass audience
The movie is a remake of the famous Zanjeer (1973) starring Amitabh Bachchan. The movie then turned the table for Big B transforming him to an angry young man. Hence it is high memorable to Bollywood makers. But Toofan do not have the intensity and emotional depth of Zanjeer. For example, the bonding between the characters of ACP Vijay Khanna and Sher Khan was a major highlight in Zanjeer (1973) but Apoorva Lakhia failed to recreate it in Toofan.
The story somehow becomes very predictable and does not engross you. Even though the run time of the movie is less, screenplay fails to involve the audience. It is a tough ask for entertainment in stories like this but Telugu audience will miss it for sure.
Here comes the main culprit of the movie. Any action entertainer would certainly need the help of vibrant music to enhance the feel of a scene but this is not the case of Zanjeer. Except for 2-3 scenes, the back ground score is pretty ordinary.
Gururaj could have worked more on his camera. Editing should have been a lot better. Telugu dubbing dialogues are too bad for a star hero movie.
While deciding the ‘verdict’ of the film lot of factors like ‘comparison with old Zanjeer’, ‘considering taste of our audience’ comes in to my mind. Despite the little flaws, Toofan will be a decent film to watch. The more you stay away from these factors, the better you like the film.