Rana Daggubati has some interesting films lined up for 2018 one of them being a tribute to the Rajesh Khanna’s film with the same title – ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’. The film will be directed by Prabhu Solomon and will be a bilingual in Telugu and Hindi primarily, and later dubbed into Tamil. And as a special for new year, Rana Daggubati revealed the poster from the film much to the joy of his fans. Rana also revealed the name of his character – Bandev. The film will portray the importance of nature and animals in our lives, and will be majorly shot in Thailand. And latest reports reveal that Varun Tej will be seen playing an important role in the film and will have a role equal to that of Rana. “Both Rana and Varun have equally important roles. For now, the plan is to make the film in Telugu and Hindi, later dubbed into Tamil. Apart from Varun Tej, senior actor Kota Srinivasa Rao has also been brought on board,” director Prabhu Solomon was quoted as saying by TOI. It is also being said that the two actors will sport few never-seen-before looks in the film, which will be first time in their careers.
Rana Daggubati is currently busy shooting for his next film which is tentatively title 1945 and is being directed by debutante Sathya Sivan. “Right now, I’m shooting for a film set in 1945. It’s a story about a soldier who fought in the INA regiment of Subhas Chandra Bose. It’s set in a turmoil kind of situation after the Tamil moves to South East Asia and Telugu moved to Burma. It’s being shot in Telugu and Tamil, a bilingual. It is being directed by Sathya Sivan,” Rana recently told Pinkvilla in an interview. The original title of the film is yet to be confirmed by the makers and will star Regina Cassandra in an important role.
On the other hand, Varu Tej is currently shooting for his next which is titled ‘Tholi Prema’, which is being directed by debutante Venky Atluri. The film stars Raashi Khanna in the female lead role and is said to be a romantic saga. The makers recently released the teaser of the film which was very breezy. Varun Tej has gone through a complete makeover for ‘Tholi Prema’ and looks impressive in his bearded look in the film. The music of the film is composed by Thaman SS and going by the teaser, the music album sure seems to have full of melodies.
nterestingly, ‘Tholiprema’ was also the title of Varun Tej’s uncle, Pawan Kalyan’s super hit film which starred Keerthi Reddy in the lead role. ‘Tholiprema’ was one of the biggest blockbusters in the career of Pawan Kalyan and was a musical hit too. Directed by A.Karunakaran, ‘Tholiprema’ was released in 1999 and is still considered to be one of the biggest films in Pawan Kalyan’s career.
Varun Tej recently revealed why chose to do a romantic film after the FIdaa and said, “People must be wondering why I’m doing two back-to-back love stories. Venky’s love story is very different and that’s why I didn’t mind doing these films in succession. Both of these films have their own charm. Even though ‘Fidaa’ was a love story, Sekhar’s touch and presentation made it stand out. Similarly, Venky has perceived love so differently and that’s what makes his film different.”