Ajay Devgan and Priyadarshan’s combo in Aakrosh may not have set the box-office on fire, to be precise, but that doesn’t mean the two aren’t teaming up again and this time for a film called Tezz. Now before you think that the movie may be a social thriller or a comic venture, let’s hear out the plot of the film.
The action film stars Ajay Devgan, a terrorist who has planted a bomb in a speeding London-Paris train. The bomb is set to explode if the train slows down. The other stars in the movie are Anil Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Sameera Reddy who try to figure out a way to save the day.
Sounds familiar? It’s a straight rip-off of the 1994 Keanu Reeves starrer Speed! Our sources have told us that the moment they saw the script of ‘Tezz’ it was clear that it was generously “inspired” from ‘Speed’! Now before you sing odes of Hollywood’s originality, ‘Speed’, in turn, is a remake of the Japanese crime thriller Shinkansen Daibakuha (1975) which was also known as Super-Express 109 and Bullet Train.
While the Japanese movie had the plot set on a speeding train, ‘Speed’ was on board a bus with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. ‘Tezz’ is going back to the original with a speeding train and is being shot on the Eurostar, a tube that connects London to Paris.
Priyadarshan is known for remaking his own south Indian films and packaging them for Bollywood. Billu, Khatta Meetha and Hera Pheri are just a few examples of his remakes. With blatant copies like Sanjay Dutt starrer Knock Out (a Phone Booth copy), we are really waiting for some film for a change. Sigh…