His second Hindi film is still to hit the theaters but Rana Daggubati says he has big plans ahead, in Bollywood that is.
Recently in Lucknow to promote Ram Gopal Varma’s “Department”, his next with Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, Rana talks about his filmi future and more…
My mantra? Be different!
Rana says he simply can’t, won’t be slotted. Be it in Bollywood or even down South. “There’s everything good about this film,” smiles an excited Rana, explaining, “The subject, police drama, is something I am comfortable with, in fact, I have been wanting to work in for a long time. Again, it comes almost a year after “Dum Maaro Dum” and so people have had time to forget my work in the previous and they will watch me with a fresh perspective. Actually, it all comes down to practicalities of the profession. For someone like me who has started out in both the Hindi and Telugu films at roughly the same time, it’s important that I be different. Especially since now even Hindi films have a great presence down South. Hindi films open at around the same time as a Telugu film does in Hyderabad, where I live… If there is one thing I am certain about, is that while I still have the time and the energy, I will try everything till I find my niche. And I have no fears in experimenting. In the total of six films that I have appeared in, including Hindi and Telugu ones, the genre ranging from romantic to thriller has been completely different.”
South calling, can B-wood hear?
If there’s one question that Rana’s constantly asked, it’s about his reasons for attempting Hindi films despite a flourishing Telugu career. And his stock reply is, “Why not?” He continues, “in fact, there have always been stars from South who have done Bollywood, though in the past they came for one-off projects, usually to act in the Hindi remakes of their own films, as they were intent that no one else reprise the role. Now that trickle has become something of a flood.”
But what Rana really wants is more of Bollywood in the Southern film industry. He explains, “Both the industries share a lot of commonalities and already the Bollywood influence is apparent in the songs, choreography, etc in Tollywood films. But I see scope for the Telugu/Tamil industry to adopt more in terms of stories from Bollywood, and of course it would be nice to have more actors, who can work in many languages, someone like me. Actually, I am the missing link here! For, I am conversant in languages and can thus straddle both the industries.”
Naam mein kyaa rakkha hai?
Hungry Rana may be for an all-round filmi experience, but he is loath to talk about directors on his wishlist. “Of course, Ramuji has been a dream to work with, especially since I have grown up watching his work. Then again there was a familiarity because both of us come from the same place,” he reluctantly agrees when probed on the director he would want to work with next, but stops short of mentioning any more names. And not without good reason, Rana shrugs, explaining, “See it may sound like a cliche to say I go after stories, but I really do, and I have a practical reason for doing so. Among my first films was this one with a well known director, who I wanted to work with. And it flopped! So, trust me when I say that I go after the story. And I take the decision to work on a ny script after seeking advice from my father and my team.”
Ever since Love Life Is Out Of Bounds
Rana Daggubati made his Bollywood debut with “Dum Maaro Dum”, if there’s one thing that has kept him constantly in news, it’s his love life and the affair with co-actor Bipasha Basu. However, after having admitted to not dating Bips and agreeing that he does have that someone special in his life, Rana begs off from answering more. “There is a great deal of pressure on us actors already and I see no reason to allow a peek into my private space. That’s precious and I need to give my relationship time to develop, I need to nurture it and help it grow and that won’t happen if there is constant scrutiny. Everybody needs balance in their lives, but perhaps we seek it more, considering our lives are already out in the public space.”
Mr Akhilesh Is Such A Gentleman
Calling this second visit to Lucknow a “much more relaxed one”, Rana says, “The last time we were here, for “Dum Maaro Dum”, it was all such a mad rush. But this time we had more time. Of course, Lucknow food is heaven for someone like me who has a meat tooth. But the best part was meeting the CM. You know, there’s such an aura that the word ‘CM’ always carries. You expect a person with all the airs and more security… But Mr Akhilesh was such a gentleman. He came out to receive us when our vehicle arrived at his residence! And the entire family greeted Sanjay and me and piled food on us. Such a hospitable family. I wish I had taken pictures with them.”
Anjali Chandra, TNN | May 15, 2012, 11.23AM IST