'Acting as Bhalladeva was easier than Bandev'

'Acting as Bhalladeva was easier than Bandev'

Rana Daggubati's name has now become a synonym for versatility and we know him as a hulk-avatar Bhalladeva in the epic action drama Bahubali, as Lieutenant Commander in The Ghazi Attack and as policial leaders in its genre like Leader, Nene Raju Nene Mantri and NTR Mahanayakudu. With a wide spectrum of roles, Rana has got the ability to make people shock with his acting skills and versatility.

Now, the next upcoming film of the actor, Aranya, is generating high expectations among viewers as the trailer, which received good talk, is vividly telling that Rana has indeed made sedulous efforts for the grand outcome. Rana is seen as a mahout and this striking role sounds promising already. Aranya's team shared some exciting and intriguing details that the film has been shot in two different countries, in four forest locales in Kerala, Mahabaleshwar, Mumbai in India, and in Thailand, took 250 days to shoot, involving 145 cast and crews. Looks like the hard work put for this tri-lingual film is superlative among the recent flicks.

Comparing the film with magnum opus Bahubali, "Everyone thinks that my acting in Bahubali as Bhalladeva is the toughest. But after acting in Aranya, I feel Rajamouli sir is a sweetheart. He even built a fort and a statue for me in the film (laughs). In Aaranya, I am literally thrown into forests and among animals," he jokingly said. Acting as protector of forests and its animals, Rana will be seen a Bandev, a protagonist. While Pulkit Samrat plays Rana's parallel lead in the Hindi version and Vishnu Vishal in Kaadan and Aranya. The heroines in all three versions are Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain.

The film will also have 16 smart and well-trained elephants in full-fledged acting. Among them, an elephant named 'Unni' is said to be the highlight in Aaranya. Produced by Eros International, the film's VFX has been done by Prana Studios, who has worked on Hollywood films like Life Of Pi and Thor. It is slated to hit the screens on April 2.