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 good luck"
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 Telangana.
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 movie watching."
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 films sets."
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 situation."
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.