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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