Ram Charan Teja, who is foraying into Bollywood with Zanjeer, does not have any expectations from the movie Zanjeer, the remake of Amitabh Bachchan's 1973 superhit film. The 28-year-old Tollywood star, who was apprehensive to step into the shoes of B-Town megastar, hopes to get 10 per cent of what Bachchan had got from the original film.
In an interview to PTI, Ram Charan Teja said, "I don't expect
too much. It was intimidating, to get into role of Big B for this
film. There was a bit of pressure and it was difficult to handle.
In a way when you take up a film like this, certain amount of
pressure should be there as it makes you more serious, disciplined
and responsible. It worked to my advantage," Ram said.
Amitabh's role as Vijay Khanna, an aggressive cop, acquired cult
status and established him as the angry young man of Bollywood,
giving him his first Blockbuster. The Telugu actor also happened to
meet the 70-year-old superstar on the first day of his shoot for
the film, helmed by Apoorva Lakhia.
Ram Charan said, "It was a coincidence that I happened to meet
him (Bachchan) on the first day. As we were shooting in the same
location. I was quite scared as I was playing his character. I had
no clue how he would react, but he was calm and cool." He added,
"Those blessings gave us energy to perform better. I did not ask
for any suggestions or ideas. I wish he could have given some, but
he is not that kind of a person sharing his knowledge. He wished
Continue to read Ram Charan Teja's interview in the slideshow.
Zanjeer Will Release In Telangana
Zanjeer starring Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt and
Prakash Raj, will hit theaters on September 6. There were reports
that Toofan, the Telugu version of Zanjeer is facing some issues in
Ram Rubbishes All Rumours
The actor said, "We are all set... Everything is fine. There is
a bit of anguish in the state. But we hope things get resolved soon
but I don't think it will affect the release."
Zanjeer Special Screening For Chiranjeevi
His father seems to be excited about his son's debut in
Bollywood. "There was a special screening held recently. Our
director Apoorva Lakhia went with a paper and pen to take notes to
re-do or edit things... My dad said don't do anything. He felt its
crisp, perfect. It was encouraging for all of us. It was the most
memorable moment of my life," he said.
Ram Charan Does Not Know The Difference
"It is not in midway that I was introduced as his son. I was
born in that family. So I don't know the difference between born as
an actor's son and not being an actor's son. I never knew whether
it was good or bad," he said.
Actor Ram Charan Teja Upbringing
"I was brought up as a normal kid. He (Chiranjeevi) used to keep
us away from films... No film magazines were allowed at home, no
Ram Charan Rarely Visited Chiru's Film Sets
He said, "I used to rarely go on film sets as I felt it was very
boring to see the same shot being done so many times. I felt I had
nothing to do. I used to irritate the cameramen. Heroines were too
old for me to even make a conversation. I used to get bored on
When Ram Realised To Take Up Acting As Career
He was 18 when Ram realised that he should take up acting as a
career. "I realised the opportunity I had at my door step. I wanted
to take this opportunity to next level," he said.
Ram On Being The Son Of A Superstar
He feels it has its share of advantages and disadvantages. He
said, "I love shopping but I can't go out, I love going to
restaurants and eating out with friends. So a bit of private life
is taken away. Your responsibility increases, there is pressure as
anything you do attracts media and it is scary at times."
Disadvantages Turning Into Advantages
He said, "But to some extent it has worked in my favour as I
have become more positive, more responsible. The disadvantages
later turned into advantages. It is like adapting to the
Zanjeer Set To Hit Screens On September 6
Ram Charan has left no stone unturned to make his debut film
Zanjeer a big hit. Besides doing dare-devil stunts, he has
also appeared on several Hindi TV shows to promote the film. With
the movie set to hit the screens this Friday, lets hope he will
score a big success with it.