Zanjeer, A film that introduced an angry young man to Bollywood who went on to become the Grand Old Man of Indian Cinema Mister Amitabh Bachchan, completed 40 years in May this year. Four decades later, someone is attempting (read it 'daring') to portray Vijay Khanna and that is none other than Ram Charan, the most blessed star kid in Telugu.
It didn't take much time for Ram Charan, who's delivered hits in Telugu like Magadheera, Rachcha and Nayak in a career spanning just about six years and six films, to embark upon the idea of an entry into Bollywood which took more than a decade for his father who, incidentally debuted in Bollywood with a cop's story too.
Directed by Apporva Lakhia, Zanjeer 2.0, the new version is being made as 'Toofan' in Telugu, the actor's bastion. The film has veteran star Sanjay Dutt playing Sher Khan, played by Srihari in Telugu, his second rendezvous with Ram Charan as 'Sher Khan' after Magadheera. Priyanka Chopra is playing the 'Damsel In Distress' Mala. While Prakash Raj is playing mafia don Teja, Tanikella Bharani is playing a key role too. Producers are happy to have received thumbs up from Amitabh Bachchan for Ram Charan saying 'The young man is a wonderful actor like his father'
Producers released a press statement about the proceedings of the movie, said 'This will be a great debut for Ram Charan who rocked the screen as the angry young cop who wages a war against the Mumbai oil mafia. The trailer has generated an unprecedented buzz. We are quite excited about the output and are all set to hit the screens worldwide on the 6th September.'
The film is being jointly produced by Reliance Entertainments, Prakash Mehra Productions and Flying Turtle Films.