Actor Rana Daggubati will be playing the role of ‘Bandev‘ in one of his upcoming films titled ‘Haathi Mere Saathi‘ which is a tribute to the yesteryear film with the same title starring Rajesh Khanna. This Rana starrer will be directed by Prabhu Solomon and will be a Telugu-Hindi bilingual. Rana is currently shooting for his period film ‘1945‘ and will soon start shooting for ‘Haathi Mere Saathi‘. And before he starts shooting for this film, Rana will undergo preparations for his role which includes getting familiarised with elephants that play an integral part of the story in the film. “Yes, I’ll need to do more for this film. I’ll be taking 15-20 days before the shoot to stay with the elephants in the jungle and get familiar with them before I start filming. At the same time, we are also doing a bunch of workshops because the story is inspired by two events, so we are trying to get as authentic as we can in the filming process,” Rana Daggubati said speaking about ‘Haathi Mere Saathi‘.
The actor also reiterates that the film is in no way similar to the source. “It is a tribute to the old classic but nothing in terms of the script or content is similar. It works on the ideologies of elephants and humans being friends,” Rana clarified. The film marks the Hindi foray of Tamil filmmaker Prabhu Solomon. The unit starts shooting in mid-February in Thailand along with 15-18 elephants and Rana will be there till the first week of April. The makers are looking towards a Diwali release, the objective is to wrap up by late summer. Rana recently had said 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.