CHAT Rana Daggubati insists cinema is his only vision

Rana Daggubati is clear that language never takes preference over the role itself. He is one of the few Telugu actors who has ventured into Bollywood and his forthcoming projects includes a Tamil film.

“I only do one film at a time and for me it’s more about the story than the language because I speak Hindi, Telugu and Tamil quite fluently. I only take up the roles that draw me,” he admits over telephone. So far, he has acted in six films in Hindi and Telugu, including his debut film Leader, Dum Maaro Dum, Department and Naa Ishtam .

Though it may seem like he prefers working with action-oriented roles, Rana dismisses such categorization and points out that each role is actually quite unique.

Leader was a political drama, Dum Maaro Dum was a thriller and Department was a police drama. It’s just that all these films have an action feel and perhaps I am given such roles because of my build.”

Rana, who won the Filmfare Award for the Best Male Debut-South in 2010, is now looking forward to the release of Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum opposite Nayanthara , directed by Krish (known for films like Gamyam and Vedam ).

The film is due to be released on November 30 and combines two seemingly diverse fields of theatre and cinema. Inspired by the Surbhi genre of theatre the film juxtaposes Indian mythology with the contemporary theme of mining.

“It is a functional story that features characters who are not usually seen in celluloid. It was a challenge to combine theatre and drama but it was also lovely because I got to play characters such as Abhimanyu and Ghatotkacha. I have always wanted to play these characters,” says Rana who plays a theatre actor in the film.

Rana also hopes to ensure that his versatility is not restricted to his roles alone, but also applies to his work in the field of cinema. “I began my career in cinema working with visual effects and then I moved on to acting. I want to write, direct and produce films. It is a step-by-step learning process for me,” explains the actor who won the National Award as a producer for “A Belly Full of Dreams” before his debut as an actor.

Knowledge in the field is where Rana believes he has an edge, because he hails from a family that is so deeply rooted in cinema, being the son of a film producer (D.Suresh Babu) and the nephew of two superstars in Telugu cinema (Venkatesh and Nagarjuna).

“I can’t think of doing anything else with my life. My family is my biggest influence and I would like to work on a combination of what they have all done, together. My only vision is to work with cinema.”

HARSHINI VAKKALANKA

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