When Telugu superstar Ramcharan Teja came to Mumbai last Wednesday to meet the cast and crew of the Hindi-Telugu bilingual Zanjeer, the first thing that director Apoorva Lakhia did was to take Teja for a crew-cut hairstyle.
“In the original Zanjeer, Amitabh Bachchan flaunted long hair, almost covering his ears, which became the rage of the nation. But the new Vijay will sport a hairstyle like a crew-cut,” says a source close to the movie.
Teja was also in town to plan his action sequences with Arjun Rampal and meet his co-star Priyanka Chopra, who will speak all her Telugu lines, herself.
Teja and Rampal play the roles that were essayed by Amitabh Bachchan and Pran in the original Zanjeer.
Says a source close to the project, “The combat scene between Amitji and Pran in Zanjeer was one of the film’s highlights. For Teja and Rampal, it will be a bare-chested fist-to-fist gory sequence of approximately seven minutes.”
Co-producer Amit Mehra says, “Yes, Teja is here. And we’re planning the action sequences. Javed and Eijaaz who choreographed gritty fight sequences in Shootout At Lokhandwala and The Dirty Picture will direct the action sequences in Zanjeer.”
Teja will also spend time with real cops in the city, before the shoot starts this month. Commenting on his meeting with his co-star, Teja says, “I met Priyanka Chopra and she is a warm and fun person. My hair looks different! Apoorva’s enthusiasm level is really high,” smiles Teja.