Song added to Telugu Zanjeer

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Song added to Telugu Zanjeer

 

Ram Charan’s fans down South are up in arms. The discontent is not over the content. It’s about their idol RC not singing and dancing in his no-nonsense cop’s role in Apoorva Lakhia’s Zanjeer. The actor’s fans in Andhra Pradesh are known to break into mob fights in support of their idol, and they are not happy to learn that the Telugu superstar won’t be singing and dancing in his next release. Him not dancing, to his fans there, is as unacceptable as Salman Khan not taking off his shirt for his films.
Says a source from Hyderabad, “There are two different versions of Zanjeer being made in Hindi and Telugu. The content of both is supposed to be exactly the same. Only the language is different. Now, the cop Vijay Khanna as played by Bachchan saab (Amitabh Bachchan) in the original neither sang nor danced. In fact many of the ruling superstars of the time including Dev Anand and Dharmendra had turned down the role because of the song-less protagonist. In the remake, Apoorva was absolutely certain that RC won’t sing and dance either.”
According to the source Ram Charan’s fans have threatened to burn down theatres screening the Telugu version of Zanjeer if he doesn’t sing and dance. Apoorva has now come to a compromise. An additional song and dance has been shot for the Telugu version. Says the source, “The cop hero still won’t sing in the Hindi version of Zanjeer. But in the Telugu version a song would be added. This too will be used only as a dream sequence in Telugu, so that RC’s cop-character remains true to the no-nonsense character of Vijay. Apoorva will justify the deflection from realism by saying that the cop would sing in the Telugu Zanjeer, but only in a dream sequence.”
Apparently Apoorva is not too happy with the compromise. Says the source, “He is certain that his hero in Zanjeer would not even sing in the bathroom. But he has to keep Ram Charan’s fans in Andhra Pradesh in mind for the Telugu version. They go crazy when their hero dances. They get even crazier when he doesn’t.” The song-and-dance may also be included with the end-titles of the Hindi version of Zanjeer.