Prabhu Solomon on Aranya: ‘We shot with Rana Daggubati in the toughest of locations’

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Director Prabhu Solomon, who’s finest identified for movies akin to Mynaa, Kumki and Thodari, is again at the field workplace with the Rana Daggubati-starrer Aranya. The movie will likely be launched on March 26. Produced by Eros International, the film stars Vishnu Vishal, Zoya Hussain and Shriya Pilgaonkar in pivotal roles. The actioner can be releasing in Tamil and Hindi with the titles Kaadan and Haathi Mere Saathi respectively.

Ahead of the launch of the movie, Prabhu Solomon interacted with the media and revealed what impressed him to make Aranya. Here are the excerpts from the dialog.

How did your journey for Aranya began?

I used to be doing my analysis in Masinagudi, close to Mudumalai, for Kumki in 2013. While I used to be interacting with the mahouts and their households, I spotted that there are various untold tales about elephants – how their inhabitants is lowering in India and the way vital their function is in forests. I couldn’t incorporate all the data in Kumki because it was a love drama. So, I used to be ready for the proper platform to inform these tales. When Eros approached me and advised me about their plans to make a movie based mostly on human-animal battle, I steered the plotline of Aranya. I travelled to Assam’s Kaziranga to know extra particulars about the place the wall was constructed in the reserve forest. One man is combating in the courts to interrupt that wall, and the case has been going on since 2008. This is how the story of Aranya started.

After getting a greenlit for Aranya from Eros, I began auditions for the function of the forest man of India. I needed somebody who was about 6 ft tall, I needed to mould this character on the Moses from The Ten Commandments movie. We roped in Rana Daggubati, and after almost three years, we’re right here for its launch.

Did you are taking any inspiration from the story of Jadav Payeng, the forest man of India?

Even although the story of the forest man of India impressed me, Aranya just isn’t his story. I took the essence of Jadav Payeng’s life. Aranya is completely about the elephants and a person who gave his voice to their plight.

Were there any difficulties for you whereas taking pictures for the movie?

The challenges began from the location recce itself. First, we went to Vietnam, then to Myanmar, and at last, we took Thailand as a center level. We even went to Sri Lanka however they advised us that they gained’t enable taking pictures with the elephant calves. I wanted a herd of elephants for filming functions, and we acquired it in Thailand as there are such a lot of non-public elephant parks accessible.

Is Aranya going to focus on the animal abuse points which have occurred just lately in the nation?

Aranya gained’t be discussing the concern however I’ve all the time spoken towards violence towards animals. As people, all of us should change our perceptions of animal cruelty. Otherwise, it is going to be simply information.

How is Rana Daggubati’s efficiency in the film?

I need to thank Rana Daggubati for accepting the lead function. It’s an journey movie the place we shot in the toughest places with none manufacturing perks for the artists and crew.

Many motion pictures have already come based mostly on human-animal battle. How is Aranya going to be a special one from them?

I’ve not seen any movie as intense as Aranya, from the perspective of human-animal battle. The film is predicated on a real occasion that occurred in Assam. I’ve adopted that downside in a means that I could make a film on it. Aranya is totally a movie about elephants. It depicts the love between a person and a herd of elephants.

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