Rana Daggubati is one of those are contemporary actors who always chooses offbeat subjects and strives to do films which touch stories never tried before. Rana will next be seen in a film titled ‘Haathi Mera Saathi’ which is a tribute to a yesteryear film with the same title starring Rajesh Khanna. The film will be a Telugu-Tamil-Hindi release and will have the ‘Baahubali’ actor portray the role of ‘Bandev’ in it. Rana will also be seen in a period film in which he will be seen playing a soldier of Subhash Chandra Bose regiment in 1940s. And also, it was announced a while ago that he would be playing a key role in a Malayalam film on the empire of Travancore and will be seen playing the King. And much to the joy of his fans, Rana Daggubati has started shooting of this film which will mark his debut in Malayalam cinema and is titled ‘Marthanda Varma’. The film is being directed by K Madhu and will have the actor playing the king of Travancore.
Rana Daggubati visited the famous temple in Kerala, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, and the director K.Madhu says that the idea to make this film started from here. “The idea of making the film started at the temple, and that’s why we wanted everything to begin from there. Rana started his day visiting the temple and seeking the deity’s blessings and after that went to the palace to meet the royal family including Pooyam Thirunal Gauri Parvathi Bhai and Adithya Varma,” director K.Madhu was quoted as saying by TOI.
The perfectionist he is, Rana Daggubati wanted to visit the locations himself and get an understanding how things would progress for the film. Confirming this, writer of the film Robin Thirumala said, “As he would be playing Marthanda Varma, Rana wanted to visit these places to learn more about the character as well.”