Ram Charan Latest Interview
The Zanjeer remake is scheduled to hit
theatres on May 10. But with all the issues
around it, will it keep the deadline?
But the scriptwriters of the 1973 film, Salim-
Javed, have said they won’t allow the remake
to release till they get paid Rs 6crore as
*Yes. This is an issue. Salim Saab and Javed
Saab have been in the film industry for a long
time and they both know what they’re doing.
The good news is the shooting hasn’t
stopped. We’ve been filming in Mumbai
peacefully, and I’m sure they will soon sit
down with producers Amit Mehra and
Reliance Entertainment and resolve the issue.
We are on schedule and both the Hindi and
Telugu versions will open on the same day.
What was your reaction to Lakhia’s offer to
play the iconic Inspector Vijay in his remake?
*My first reaction was, “Apoorva, are you
mad? You want me to step into Amitabh
Bachchan’s shoes?” Later, I heard the script
and realised it wasn’t a Zanjeer remake, but
Zanjeer re-imagined. Any actor after hearing
the script would have given his nod. Apoorva
is a great action director and currently, action
fever is on.
If this works, will it be adieu to Telugu films?
*No way. Telugu films will always come first.
Will we see you in a Hindi remake of your
recent Telugu film Nayak?
*I will never act in a remake of my own film. I
want to move on and not revisit the past.
Have you seen the original Zanjeer?
*Yes, long ago. I remember it brought the
‘angry young man’ to the Hindi screen, one
Amit-ji portrayed so well.
Is there any scene in particular that comes to
*When Sher Khan, played by Pran, visits the
police station and Amit-ji kicks the chair.
Is there a similar scene in the remake?
*I don’t know if I’m allowed to reveal any
details. Let me just say that a few scenes have
been maintained as a tribute to the original
film but the rest of the film has its own charm.
Bachchan Sr gave you his blessings. Did he
also give you any advice on how to portray
*Amit-ji met me during the first schedule and
told me he was really happy I am playing
Inspector Vijay. But he never gives any tips. He
likes actors to reprise characters in their own
Are you an ‘angry young man’ in real life?
*(Smiles) I have a short temper, but it’s not
What makes Zanjeer unforgettable for you?
*The police uniform makes you feel
responsible and patriotic. I would never fool
around when in uniform. You have to respect
Sanjay Dutt, who was to play Sher Khan
initially, later dropped out. Next, Arjun Rampal
stepped in and walked out with Sanjay
eventually returning to the fold. Hasn’t all this
been unnerving for you?
*No. Sanjay Dutt was convinced about the role
from day one but it was difficult to work
things out logistically. But he was destined to
do the role and has taken it to another level.
Our scenes are amazing. There’s no match for
Co-star Priyanka Chopra is also now a pop
star. Has she been giving you singing lessons?
*Priyanka is a really good, professional
actress, who complements me on screen. I’m
not a singer, so no lessons. We’re both
struggling with alien tongues: she – with
Telugu, and me – with Hindi though I can
speak a little in Hindi.
Your dad, Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi, is the
Union Minister of State (independent charge),
Ministry of Tourism. Do you have plans to get
into politics as well?
*No. No politics for me.