Rana Daggubati: The story of Nene Raju Nene Mantri is about the rise, fall and redemption of Jogendra

The Baahubali actor says that he has always tried to do something different in his films and Nene Raju Nene Mantri is no different.

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After mesmerizing the audience across India as a fierce king in Baahubali and as a Naval Officer in Ghazi, Rana Daggubati is now all set to enthrall the audience as an aspiring politician in his upcoming film Nene Raju Nene Mantri. The film is being directed by Teja and the gorgeous Kajal Aggarwal plays the female lead role in the film. Rana says that he likes to do something different always and his films are testimonial to it.

Speaking to a news agency, Rana said, “I have always urged to do something different. I played a politician in my first film ‘Leader’, and it wasn’t a regular debut. I like to find something exciting in everything I do. In a film like ‘Baahubali’, each day was exciting. In ‘Ghazi’, a submarine war film, the excitement was in making something ambitious on a tight budget.”

Talking about how Nene Raju Nene Mantri started and shaped up, Rana adds, “Teja approached me with the idea at the end of ‘Ghazi’ and at the beginning of ‘Baahubali 2’. We spent eight months developing the character (Jogendra) and wrote different versions of the story. This is a commercial story of a politician, but told in a way an art film is narrated.”

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Rana Daggubati as Jogendra in Nene Raju Nene Mantri

Rana Daggubati says that the story of Nene Raju Nene Mantri is about a moneylender who is pushed to the brink by those in power. “I’m a huge fan of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, and I consider it today’s classic. As a tale, it could be very dark but the flamboyance with which (Leonardo) DiCaprio’s character takes you through the madness in his life is amazing. We tried to do that in a rural set up but against the backdrop of Indian politics,” Rana added.

Rana Daggubati started his career in acting with Leader which had him play a politician too. But Rana says that there is a lot of difference between Arjun Prasad in Leader and Jogendra in Nene Raju Nene Mantri. “Arjun was an honest guy and he wanted to clean the system. Here, Jogendra is angry with a bunch of people and he wants to show them what power can really do to a simple man like him. The story is about the rise, fall and redemption of Jogendra,” said Rana.

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