Rana on transformation for Prabhu Solomon’s film

Actor Rana Daggubati says as he began journeying with the character in the film, Kaadan, which involved him spending time in the forest, he understood how a man from the jungles would look like.
Rana Daggubati
Rana Daggubati


For his forthcoming movie, directed by Prabhu Solomon, Rana took his body transformations to the extreme, undertook immense physical and mental efforts to portray the character.

“As I began journeying with the character, which involved me spending time in the forest and getting to know a herd of elephants, it started becoming clearer how this person, a forest man, would look. And here we are, looking at Aranya/Bandev/Kaadan in his present form,” said Rana.

The tri-lingual movie 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 crew.

Rana is the protagonist in all three titles. While Pulkit Samrat plays Rana’s parallel lead in the Hindi version, actor Vishnu Vishal essays the role in Kaadan and Aranya.

The heroines in all three versions are Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain.

The movie is inspired by the unfortunate event of humans encroaching upon the elephant corridor in Kaziranga, Assam. The film traces the narrative of a man, essayed by Rana, who dedicates most of his life living in the jungle, with the sole purpose of protecting wild animals.

Produced by Eros International, the film’s VFX has been done by Prana Studios, which has worked on Hollywood biggies such as Life Of Pi, Thor and the Bollywood film, Detective Bymokesh Bakshi.

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