Ram Charan's 'Rangasthalam' is directed by Sukumar, and also features Samantha Akkineni, Jagpati Babu, Aadi Pinisetty and Prakash Raj in pivotal roles. The film which hit the screens four days ago was well received by the audience, and is considered as the actor's best movie so far.
Ram Charan Teja says he is more anxious about his recently released, Rangasthalam than any of his films so far. "After ten years of acting, I needed a complete change. I have to constantly challenge myself as an actor. And what bigger challenge than this film where I play a real-life character who is also deaf."
The actor, who made his acting debut in 2007, says Rangasthalam was a first for him on many levels. "I have never played a rural character before. In fact I had never stayed in a village before, though I have visited my native village with my father (Chiranjeevi) a few times. But this was my first exposure to rural life. We actually went and stayed in the remotest town on the map of Andhra Pradesh where there was no network for mobile services, no luxury hotels. Nothing to remind me of my metropolitan existence. We had to rough it out. The entire process of acclimatisation changed my attitude to the process of acting."
Ram Charan also spent considerable time understanding his character’s physical disability. "I spent five months understanding the character’s body language and his hearing disability. Since I had never played a rustic character before I wanted to ensure I got it right. I didn’t want my portrayal to look superficial," he said.
The actor is full of praise for the team of Rangasthalam. "I have to admit that the script itself was so coherent and comprehensive. It made my job easier. I also had a fabulous co-star in Samantha Akkineni. Without her, my performance would not have been possible. She is truly one of the best co-stars I have worked with."