Actor Rana Daggubati believes working in a movie like Haathi Mere Saathi is a once-in-a-lifetime alternative. He says it was not simply a position however a strategy of “spiritual learning” and “healing.” The actor idolises Bandev (his character in Haathi Mere Saathi) and says folks ought to search for to personalities like him. However, turning into Bandev was not a cakewalk for the actor. In an interview with indianexpress.com, Rana opened up on how he reworked from being Baahubali’s Bhalladeva to Haathi Mere Saathi’s Bandev.
“When Prabu sir came to me with Haathi Mere Saathi, I was out of Baahubali, three times my size. I was playing the king of Mahishmati. So, of course, the look was different. We did one look test back then but Prabu sir was clear that it was not the way I needed to look. He was very definitive of how Bandev was. Then he started designing my look as per the jungle. He kept a couple of exercises for me when I reached Thailand. The first 10 days, I spent understanding who Bandev was, in terms of the way he walks, the way he spoke, his relationship with the wild. The first schedule of the film was for 25 days, during which I worked only with nature and the wilds. During that period, I didn’t have a co-star. So, those days set the tone of the character for me. So, I would say a week of workshop and around 25-30 days of the shoot made me Bandev,” the actor informed us.
But there’s a purpose why Prabu Solomon, the director, selected Rana to do the movie. “He told me that he had the image of Charlton Heston from the 1956 film The Ten Commandments. He said he came to me because I looked a bit like him,” Rana chuckles.
The actor additionally known as him a ‘dream director.’ “There were a lot of instructions before we started shooting but on the sets, he is a director who explores with you to do the next right thing. As we were shooting in three languages, we took time to understand and recognise the details. I remember, in the beginning, we did sequences in Tamil. If there were any alterations (in scenes), those were later adapted in Telugu and Hindi by the writers. He (Prabu Solomon) discovered the characters on the go. He did a lot of homework. So, honestly, it is a dream to work with him because when you are done with the film, you come out becoming a better person.”
Prabu’s Haathi Mere Saathi reveals Rana in a never-seen-before avatar. The actor mentioned the explanation why he selected to do the movie was due to “the fact that there was a solid message in an adventurous film.” He mentioned the idea “attracted me and excited me.”
“Bandev is a character I never even thought of. There are some characters you dream to do and some characters are beyond your thought process. This fell in the second space. Also, I would call Bandev the noblest character I have played on screen. He is fighting for nature, for the animals. He is fighting for the wild against society, which, in my perspective, is the need of the hour. Bandev is the kind of hero you want. I saw him in that perspective. So, I had to play him,” the Ghazi actor said.
Further, Rana spoke about how being in a jungle for nearly a yr modified him as a particular person, “Even if you spend a week in the jungle and come back, you have a different mindset. You are calmer and peaceful. Once we were in the jungle without our phones, our thought process was to connect and delve into the character. For us, being connected to the character was very important. Yes, I have a lot going on in the real world. But the wild and the adventure was bliss.”
But have been there any learnings within the course of of constructing Haathi Mere Saathi? “Everything I did, I learned something or the other, right from my first film to now. With Haathi Mere Saathi, I changed as a person, as a human being. The way I see relationships, the way we treat humans, the perspective on everything changed. Also, you rarely see a film that is so connected to reality, to nature, to the earth. I am so satisfied with the whole experience,” the 36-year-old expressed.
The capturing interval of Haathi Mere Saathi was additionally the time when Rana fell sick and had to take a break. On Samantha Akkineni’s discuss present Sam Jam, Rana opened up on in regards to the time he was diagnosed with heart issues and kidney failure.
Talking about his comeback, Rana mentioned, “My films taught me to overcome the problems and rise as a hero. I am happy and thankful that Prabu sir waited that time and gave me time to heal. Also, the jungle became a big part of my healing.” When requested what gave him the ability to get again on the units proper after dealing with his downtime, the actor mentioned, “That’s the fun about reel world. Whatever happens in the real world, the reel doesn’t bother about it. When you are on the sets, you are good to go. So, I think that’s what films do to me.”
There is nothing that Rana hasn’t experimented with. He is a YouTuber, an actor, a producer and even a host. When requested in regards to the a number of hats he wears, the Virata Parvam actor mentioned, “If something fun comes up, I always want to delve. I will always want to explore the unexplored.”
While Haathi Mere Saathi releases on March 26 within the theatres, Rana additionally has Virata Parvam scheduled for theatrical launch.