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Updated: November 27, 2009 14:21 IST

Movies for masses

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Actor Ram Charan Tej PHOTO : NAGARA GOPAL
THE HINDU Actor Ram Charan Tej PHOTO : NAGARA GOPAL

Fresh on the triumph of ‘Magadheera’, the mega blockbuster that shattered box office records to become South India’s biggest hit grossing over Rs.104 crore (without the satellite and audio rights!), Ram Charan Tej has put on five kilograms.

“After working hard for the film, my mother pampered me with home-made food when I took rest for two months,” said the star on Monday. But now he is chiselling himself back to form with a diet and exercise regime. The actor is currently working on his next film, tentatively titled ‘Orange’ with director Bhaskar of Bommarillu-fame.

He was aware of the enormous expectations on him but doesn’t want to be typecast. “Aamir Khan did a film like Dil Chahta Hai immediately after Lagaan. An actor should not be confined to one kind of roles.” According to grapevine, ‘Orange’ would see him in a lover-boy avatar but the actor was unwilling to comment on either the script or his look for the film.

Asked him if he had any plans of remaking his father Chiranjeevi’s fantasy flick, ‘Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari’, Ram Charan had a different take. He plans to make a sequel rather than a remake of the film.

Given one choice would he prefer doing “mass movies or class movies?” a fan threw a poser. The reply came in an instant, “Mass movies. Definitely for the masses.”

How did he feel on the stupendous success of Magadheera? “I felt proud. But the credit should go to the entire unit of the film,” was his unpretentious response. “In a movie unless all the departments work together, the film will not come out well.”

And when someone pointed out that his father looks smarter than him, Ram Charan took it in his stride. “My dad has a great charisma. He has done 150 films and was in the industry for 30 years.”

The actor, just two-films old was featured on the cover of the latest issue of People magazine. He unveiled the issue at a book store in the city on Monday evening. No sooner had the event ended; he was mobbed by enthusiastic fans hounding him for autographs.

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