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Southern star’s Bollywood debut


Actor Ram Charan Teja discloses his anxiousness about his first Hindi film, ‘Zanjeer’

Southern star, Ram Charan Teja debuts in Bollywood with ‘Zanjeer’ that is all set to release this September. Despite his stardom down south, the actor is anxious about how the audience will accept him in the Hindi film industry. He took time out to answer a volley of questions despite being busy dubbing in Hyderabad studio for his Telugu  action-drama ‘Yevadu’.

c-ramAfter the legal hassle about ‘Zanjeer’s’ release, it will finally see the light of the day. What is your take on it?

Yes, it is a cause for celebration for us as finally my debut Hindi film is releasing. I feel great as this film has action of its own kind. Whosoever has watched the movie, has applauded the film for having a great amount of freshness. Having put in all my sincere efforts in the performance and with the film getting a green signal, I am a happy man.

Can you talk about your character in ‘Zanjeer’?

I am playing a cop who will surely be different from any other cop having been portrayed in Bollywood so far. Director Apoorva Lakhia has portrayed me in a totally different avatar. This cop will be accepted and admired universally for bringing forth brand new action.

Will your character be compared to the angry young man of yesteryear, none other than Amitabh Bachchan?

Comparisons are inevitable. But I have played a cop, which director Apoorva has visualised. I cannot be compared to Amitabh Bachchan as he is a legend. Being my first Hindi film, I am more than happy for getting to play the lead for the remake of such a wonderful film. All I can say is that I have played the role with a fresh mind.

How many times did you watch yesteryear ‘Zanjeer’? Did you try to imitate Amitabh?

I had watched the film earlier almost four or five times. After I had signed the film, I did watch it again. No way I can imitate Amitabh Bachchan as he is a great actor. For the matter of fact, no actor will ever dare to imitate him and make a fool of himself.

Working in Bollywood, how different is it from the Southern film industry?

Well, cinema here or in the South, is not much different. Indian cinema is based on emotions. All our Indian audiences care for is emotions as well as fun and entertainment.

How has your experience been working with Priyanka Chopra?

She is an exuberant performer. I was shocked to hear her speak Telugu so fluently. I must confess she has obtained the great heights on the Bollywood horizon, surely because she is a hard working and a sincere actor. With her effortless and intelligent performance for ‘Barfi!’, she deserves all the adulations.

Most of the male actors get linked with her after working with her. How come you did not?

(Laughs aloud) Well, no comments.

Can you shed light on your future films?

Yes, there are talks for few Hindi films, not yet finalised. I shall disclose once I have signed the film. At the moment, I am waiting for ‘Zanjeer’ to release.

What was the reaction of your father after watching the film?

He liked the film very much. He is happy the film is finally releasing. He finds the action that I perform in ‘Zanjeer’ very different. Thanks to Apoorva’s vision.

Having purchased a flat in Mumbai, do you intend on setting down here?

Well, I am keen on working both in South as well as Bollywood films. I have indeed purchased a house in Mumbai. As on and off whenever I visited Mumbai, I had to put up in a hotel. Buying this property enables me to feel at home while I am here.

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