Actor Rana Daggubati is excited about his upcoming action-spectacle Haathi Mere Saathi as the film focuses on environmental issues and deforestation crisis. Directed by Prabhu Solomon, the lavishly-mounted movie will release across three languages – Hindi, Tamil and Telugu – in the summer of 2020.
“Haathi Mere Saathi is a story of a man living in the jungle for 25 years. The crux is a problem which is evident today – the issue of deforestation, and a wall which is being made in the middle of the jungle which breaks nature and the elephant corridor.
“It’s a story of a man who fought for the jungle, the animals, against the society. It has lots of action. It’s a big spectacle film, with me and 12 elephants,” said Rana. The movie is a tribute of sorts to the late legendary actor Rajesh Khanna, who starred in the 1971 film of the same name, but will have a fresh storyline.
The Baahubali star said the film is one of the many such stories that he would like to present to the audiences today, especially in the time of OTT platforms.”The stories I want to tell are very specific. Whether it’s Baahubali, Ghazi or Haathi Mere Saathi. These aren’t the films you’ll find in market somewhere.
It’s not like I’m running in any competition. I can make a Telugu film, a Hindi film… it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s an interesting story.”I am doing a love story in Telugu, then Haathi Mere Saathi, a three language film that’s out next summer. I’m able to do unique things, because today the entertainment business has also become so big, with films and OTT platforms, the excitement is to find newer stories to tell,” Daggubati, 34, added.
The language barrier that earlier used to divide Indian cinema into various regional subgroups is no longer relevant in the current era, the actor said. The actor believes the trick to balance between industries comes down to one’s intent. “Many people didn’t want me to do Dum Maaro Dum at that point of time because at a career level, it wouldn’t have been a nice thing to do. But I understood the entire new world, a land of storytellers and cinema, telling unique things from where I was.”