The tragic relinquishment of the trademark Shotgun mouche came after weeks of persuasion.
"I was taken aback by Ramu's request. I've never taken my moustache off in my entire life except once, and that was when I was still a student at the Film & Television Institute Of India. I wanted to experiment with my looks. My father had gone livid. 'How could you shave off your moustache when both your parents are still alive?' he had shouted at me. I had vowed never to touch my moustache, and I never did. Now of course both Baba and Maa are gone."
Raktacharitra director Ram Gopal Varma had to cross many hurdles before he could get Shatrughan Sinha to shave off the moustache to play N T Rama Rao.
"Besides my own inhibitions, my wife had to be manaoed. But the final decision was left to my daughter. After she relented I agreed. Ramu was virtually standing behind me with a razor. I understand his anxiety. To play N.T. Rama Rao I had to be clean-shaven," said Sinha. He will also be doing away with his trademark mannerisms and dialogue delivery to play NTR.
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