Remake of Zanjeer

Salman Khan changes Priyanka's role in Zanjeer

Salman is no longer just the spin-doctor on his own projects. Known to be a very active and dominant force behind his projects, Salman has now taken charge of Ramcharan Teja's Bollywood debut.

Recently, Salman had a meeting at his residence with Ramcharan Teja and the Zanjeer director Apoorva Lakhia where he suggested some radical changes in the Zanjeer remake, including the way Priyanka Chopra's character was to be packaged and portrayed.

That Salman has taken Ramcharan Teja under his wings is no longer a secret. But here's something that would serve as an eye opener as to how much Salman is investing into his new protégé from Hyderabad.

Last week, he invited Ramcharan and Zanjeer director Apoorva Lakhia to a very private dinner at his residence in Bandra to discuss ways to reinvent and contemporize Zanjeer. Salman whose father Salim Khan co-wrote the original Zanjeer, gave Ramcharan and Lakhia tips that are now being incorporated into the film.

Says a source close to the project, "Salman called Ramcharan and Apu home to discuss Zanjeer. He then began to astutely compare the new and old Zanjeer. The first suggestion that he made was to incorporate songs for Ramcharan's character. In the original, Inspector Vijay Khanna as played by Amitabh Bachchan was too serious a man to sing and dance. Salman wants that to change. He said to Ramcharan, 'You're one of the best dancers in Indian cinema. It would be silly to not have you sing and dance."

More importantly Salman made many important suggestions about Priyanka Chopra's character including how to bring in a much larger glamour quotient character.

Says a source, "Salman feels Priyanka's character can be a lot more attractive. He has suggested changes in her clothes, styling, songs and choreography. Since Priyanka doesn't start shooting for Zanjeer until October her character is being revamped as per Salman's suggestions."

Clearly then, Salman has never taken such a keen interest in any young actor's debut. Is it because Zanjeer was co-written by his father?

"Partly that. But it's more because of how protective he feels towards Ramcharan Teja. The young Telugu superstar and his father the iconic Chiranjeevi are very dear to Salman. Salman feels Ramcharan's future in Bollywood is a personal resoponsibility," says a source very close to the neo-Zanjeer.
Sanjay Dutt to play Sher Khan in ‘Zanjeer’ remake

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt will play the role of Sher Khan which was portrayed by Pran in ‘Zanjeer’ remake. Director Apoorva Lakhia will remake the blockbuster movie of 80. At first, Sanjay opted out of the movie and he was replaced by Arjun Rampal.

Apoorva is happy that Sanjay is back on the board. Sonu Sood will doing the film in Telugu. Lakhia says, “I am so blessed that Sanju sir will be playing the role of Sher Khan while Sonu, who has a huge market and is a big star down South, will be doing it in Telugu. Ramcharan Teja is playing Amitabh Bachchan’s role in both the films.”

The role of Amitabh Bachchan will be essayed by Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja and Ram is also happy that Sanjay will be a part of the film as both are gym buddies. Lakhia says, “Earlier Sanju sir had some date issues. We approached him with the script again and he suggested some changes that we made. Dutt’s manager and his team managed to work out the dates for us this time. We start shooting next month.”

This would be Ram Charan’s Bollywood debut and he is looking forward to the movie with high anticipation. He will be starred opposite Priyanka Chopra.

Sanjay Dutt will be seen in 'Son Of Sardar' with Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha next.

Sanjay Dutt to play Sher Khan in ‘Zanjeer’ remake | Apoorva Lakhia | Arjun Rampal | Priyanka Chopra
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