12 Apr, 2016
In 1973, an honest police officer called Inspector Vijay swore vengeance against those who had killed his family. Vijay was played by the then relatively unknown Amitabh Bachchan and Zanjeer saw the birth of both a star and the ‘angry young man’.
Over 40 years later, the angry young Indian has spilled over from fiction to real life. You don’t have to look very hard for this character. He (and she) is there on primetime TV hollering because Pakistan has yet again shown its duplicitous face. He is there on the streets busting kneecaps because a driver has brushed against his scooter. He is there in his neighbour’s home, beating him to death after an altercation. He is sniffing out lunch-boxes for a whiff of murderous beef and stringing up cattle traders in the name of cow protection.