Telugu actor Ram Charan Teja was apprehensive to star in the remake of Zanjeer, but says it was his superstar father Chiranjeevi, who came to his rescue and made him sign the film, which is the remake of the hit 1973 Amitabh Bachchan starrer. The movie marks his debut in Bollywood debut. The 28-year-old actor admits that the thought of reprising the megastar's iconic character Vijay was unnerving at first.
In an interview to PTI, Ram Charan Teja told, "I was in two minds when I was approached for the film. I could not decide whether to do the film or not as it was a remake of a very hit Amitabh Bachchan film. I was aware that there would be a lot of expectations. I even thought of rejecting the offer." He added, "But it was dad who made me sign the film. He told me that I should only reject a film if the script is bad and not because I am scared to try something new. He made me realise that offers like this don't come everyday."
In 2007, Ram Charan Teja forayed into films with Telegu movie Chirutha, which earned him a Filmfare South award for Best Debut. His second release Magadheera got him his second Filmfare, this time for best actor. The actor, who has also starred in Telegu movies like Orange, Racha and Naayak, is just five films old. The Telugu actor was surprised when director Apoorva Lakhia approached him to star in Zanjeer remake. Ram Charan said, "I was taken aback when I was offered this film. I know it is a remake of a very hit film which was path-breaking in every possible way. When I read the adaptation I was very impressed."
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Zanjeer Star Cast
The film also stars Priyanka Chopra as Mala, Sanjay Dutt as Sher Khan, Prakash Raj as the villain Teja and will see Mahie Gill play Mona Darling. Both the Hindi and the Telugu versions will hit theatres on September 6.
Zanjeer Remake Has A Very Different Setting
Ram Charan, who has watched the original Zanjeer twice, said the new version has a very different setting, which makes it relevant in the present scenario. "I have watched the original twice. The whole crux of the movie has been kept same as the original but I can say that this film has been adapted for today's audience. The characters- be it Vijay or Mala- are very modern and will easily fit in today's scenario," Ram Charan said.
Ram Charan Praises Apporva Lakhia
The actor was all praise for Lakhia, who has earlier directed action-packed films like Shootout at Lokhandwala and Mission Istaanbul. "He (Lakhia) has done a great job. Besides the story, there are good action sequences, the script is very tight and the film is just 1 hour 55 minutes long," he added.
Ram Charan Takes Tips From Priyanka
Ram Charan said he got valuable tips from his co-star Priyanka on starring in a remake as the actress has previously starred in the reboot of films like Don and Agneepath.
Priyanka On How To Deal With Pressure
"I think both me and Apoorva took tips form her in terms of how to deal with the pressure, the expectations and also comparisons. She was lovely co-star, very helpful. She had some trouble with the Telegu lines and she came up to me and asked for help and like wise she was gracious enough to help me with my Hindi dialogues," Ram Charan said.
Ram Charan Waiting To See Viewers' Reaction
When asked if he has signed his second Bollywood film yet, Ram Charan said right now he is just happy about his first movie in the Hindi film industry and waiting to see the reaction of the audience.
Cherry Yet To Sign His Second Bollywood Film
"I am really happy to venture into something new right now. I can hardly wait to see the reaction of the audience as I have worked very hard. I have been offered some very good scripts. But it is too early to talk about my second Bollywood film. There are discussions and when it materialises I will let people know," Ram Charan said.