My father made me sign 'Zanjeer': Ram Charan

Aug 28, 2013, 07:56 IST | PTI

Telegu 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. 'Zanjeer' is the remake of the hit 1973 Amitabh Bachchan starrer

The film marks the Bollywood debut of the 28-year-old actor, who admits that the thought of reprising the megastar's iconic character Vijay was unnerving at first. '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. 

Ram Charan

I was aware that there would be a lot of expectations. I even thought of rejecting the offer,' Ram Charan told PTI in an interview. '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,' he said. Ram Charan forayed into films with Telegu movie 'Chirutha' in 2007, 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', 'Naayak', is just five films old and said he was surprised when director Apoorva Lakhia approached him to star in 'Zanjeer' remake. '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,' he said. The film also stars Priyanka Chopra as Mala, Sanjay Dutt as Sher Khan, Praksh Raj as the villain Teja and will see Mahie Gill play Mona Darling. Both the Hindi and the Telegu versions will hit theatres on September 6. 

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