Priyanka swaps Hindi for Telugu

Jun 10, 2012, 07:34 IST | Subhash K Jha

To be able to mouth her own dialogues for the Telugu version of Zanjeer, PC is spending time with her co-star Ramcharan Teja

Priyanka Chopra is one of the two Bollywood actresses who will be attending Telugu superstar Ramcharan Teja’s wedding in Hyderabad on June 14. The other actress is Bipasha Basu. PC has become Ramcharan’s “language buddy”.

Says a mutual friend, “They’re swapping tongues. He’s teaching her Telugu. She’s helping him with his Hindi.” Priyanka starts shooting for the the Telugu version of Zanjeer, produced by Amit Mehra and directed by Apoorva Lakhia only in September.

But before that she has to master the Telugu language, because she insists on speaking her own dialogues. Says a source, “Priyanka has been paid Rs 7 crores for two versions of Zanjeer, one in Telugu and the other in Hindi. For the Telugu version she has told her producers she will speak her own lines.” She has roped in Ramcharan’s help.

The source adds, “Priyanka will help Ram with his Hindi and he will have to make her fluent in Telugu. It’s a tough deal for Ram because his character is the strong, silent type, while she is the talkative, chirpy sort. Telugu cinema audiences expect flawless Telugu even from non-Telugu actresses. She will have to sound like a local girl from Andhra Pradesh.”

PC intends to spend as much as she can with Ramcharan, since he’s will be busy with his upcoming wedding and honeymoon for the next few months. “If Priyanka needs my help with her Telugu I’ll certainly will help,” says the Telugu star, confirming her invitation to his wedding. 

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