Actor Rana Daggubati is known for adapting to his roles meticulously and doesn’t hesitate from going that extra mile to look apt for his role. For Baahubali, Rana Daggubati built his body over four years and beefed up so that he could look muscular for the role of Bhallala Deva. And after the film released, Rana had to shed weight and get rid of the muscles he had built over the years because, he says, he had to become normal for roles he would do further in his career. Rana Daggubati will next be seen in ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ which will be a tribute to the yesteryear film with the same title starring Rajesh Khanna. The film will be directed by Prabhu Solomon and will be a bilingual in Telugu and Hindi, and later dubbed into Tamil. Rana says he had to lose close to 15 kgs for his role as Bandev in Haathi Mere Saathi. Rana revealed the first look from the film on the first day of 2018 in which he looks slimmer than ever.
“After finishing Baahubali, I was aware that I’d have to lose weight to play any character. So, I started the process slowly. To get in shape for Haathi Mere Saathi, I didn’t eat non-veg for almost six weeks. I stopped weight training and did simple cardio exercises to shed the muscle,” Rana Daggubati was quoted as saying by Mid-Day. Rana also adds that he knew he had to shed the extra weight he had built for Baahubali, for his upcoming and pending projects.
Rana’s trainer, Kunal Gir, says that Rana had to follow a diet which was quite opposite to what he followe during Baahubali. “During Baahubali, his physique fluctuated for four years. He had to follow a strict diet, eliminate carbs and consume only proteins. But, this time, it was the other way around. He has lost almost 15 kg,” Kunal told Mid-Day.