Nenu Naa Rakshasi might have bombed at the box-office, but Rana Daggubati is clear about what kind of films he wants to be part of. The actor tells us more about his upcoming films
Rana Daggubati is tired of clarifying rumours about his alleged affairs ever since he made his Bollywood debut in Dum Maro Dum. “Of late, I have stopped responding to such rumours. If someone asks me to clarify, I tell them to go check my tweets,” Rana chuckles. After wrapping up shooting for a major chunk of two of his upcoming films, the actor is back in town to dub for Naa Ishtam. His vocal chords have taken a beating, but that doesn’t stop him from being buoyant when he talks about his films.
Recently, he was voted as one of most desirable men in India and he has come a long way to deserve the tag. “What I liked even more was that I was termed as the most promising new entrant. I was a fat kid in school and then my job description didn’t expect me to be fit. Being in the list makes me feel that I am going in the right direction,” Rana confesses. It took him more than a year to shed his weight and then build his muscles. “My body just couldn’t take the shock for a long time because I was doing heavy cardio, martial arts and all those things that I wasn’t used to,” he says.
Unlike most of his contemporaries, Rana has been choosing unusual subjects. After playing a CM in Sekhar Kammula’s Leader and an assassin’s role in Puri Jagannadh’s Nenu Naa Rakshasi, he’s finally doing a commercial film.
His upcoming film, Naa Ishtam, directed by Prakash Tholeti, is being touted as a quirky love story. “I play a character named Ganesh who’s extremely selfish and arrogant. The beauty of the film is that everyone’s character is so well-etched that the audience will end up rooting for everyone because no one is wrong,” Rana says. Considering that he has never danced on-screen before,
we ask him what the experience was like.“You can’t expect a CM to dance. Can you?” he grins, adding, “Prem Rakshit, the choreographer, was actually quite surprised on the first day. He had gotten so used to most of the fabulous dancers like Allu Arjun, NTR and Charan that he didn’t know what to do with me. He spent a whole day trying to figure out what would suit me and then I used to rehearse a lot.”
Apart from Naa Ishtam, he’ll soon be seen in RGV’s Department in which he’s playing a police officer.
What was the toughest part of acting in the film? “Sometimes I had a problem getting into the character because I was shooting simultaneously for Department and Naa Ishtam. My body language is completely different in both the films,” he says. 2012 looks extremely packed with plenty of action for the actor. He has already begun shooting for Krish’s Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum and after that he’ll move on to a bilingual film to be directed by Selvaraghavan. “I’ll continue acting in films that haven’t been made before and genres that no one has touched in the past. I am still trying to strike a balance,” he adds to sign off.
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