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Zanjeer's Ram Charan: Cop act [Financial Express (India)]

September 13, 2013


Actor Ram Charan who plays ACP Vijay Khanna in Zanjeer talks about his role, the cop drama he loves to watch and more

Q1. What has the response to Zanjeer been?

I am very happy with the positive feedback that I have been getting for


. In Andhra Pradesh the film has done well and I am sure it would have done better were it not for the agitation there.

Q2. What is the best thing about the film?

The best thing about the film is its length, which is only an hour and 59 minutes. Whatever we wanted to convey, we have done so in a very sharp, crisp manner and kept it to the point.

Q3. What were your reference points while playing ACP Vijay Khanna in the film?

I avoided seeing any of my dad's (South star Chiranjeevi) films and how he portrayed a cop, and neither did I try to ape Mr Amitabh Bachchan in the original


. In trying to imitate somebody else, you loose your own individuality. Hence, it was a conscious decision to stay away from anything done before and give my interpretation to the character.

Q4. What's your character's portrayal?

He's the way a cop should be. Look tough, walk tough and have a tough body. Without any real life references and keeping the character's antecedents in mind, we didn"t work too much on it and gave the character a very realistic look.

Q5. What was the most challenging part of playing ACP Vijay Khanna?

A cop has to look energetic and tough all the time. But after shooting action scenes throughout the day, it was a challenge to look lively the next day. The camera never lies and is quick to catch the minutest details. Always looking alert was a tough task.

Q6. Which cop film have you enjoyed the most?

I am not a film buff, but I have seen




and enjoyed seeing both the films. But in


, our portrayal of the cops is very different. Both these films belong to a different genre, as they are primarily action comedies. I am new in Bollywood, and not yet ready to play a comic character, but as I act in more Hindi films, I will also take up comedic roles.

Q7. Is there a real life cop that you admire?

Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan of the National Security Guards, who valiantly entered the Taj Mahal hotel during the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai is my idea of a heroic person. I repeatedly watch the YouTube account that shows his courageous act.

Q8. Any film, you consider in which an actor has taken a cop to the next level?

Frankly, none. But my favourite is Ramu's (Ram Gopal Varma)

Ab Tak Chhappan

, which was an outstanding cop film. I don"t know whether it was because of Ramu who directed the film or Nana Patekar who is an excellent actor, but it contained the real flavour that a cop film should have.

Q9. Give us your views on how a cop should be portrayed in films?

Ab Tak Chhappan

is the closest you can get to a cops life on celluloid. According to me, cops should be portrayed as they are in real life. A realistic portrayal makes a big impact on the audience.

Q10. Do you think the uniform that the Mumbai cops wear, and which you have worn in the film is perfect or would you like to see them in some other colour?

I hope they change the colour as khaki is not the best colour. In fact, they should change the uniform colour of the entire country's police force. I think the top cops should wear dark coloured uniform.

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