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Haathi Mere Saathi: Rana Daggubati to spend three weeks with elephants in Thailand

The upcoming trilingual Haathi Mere Saathi, starring Rana Daggubati and to be directed by Prabhu Solomon, will be a modern-day take on Rajesh Khanna’s yesteryear classic of the same name.

regional movies Updated: Feb 06, 2018 10:28 IST
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Rana Daggubati plays a mahout in Haathi Mere Saathi remake.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

Actor Rana Daggubati is gearing up for the shoot of his upcoming trilingual Haathi Mere Saathi, in which he plays a mahout. With the film set to be shot predominantly in Thailand, Rana is all set to spend close to three weeks with his co-stars - elephants - to prepare for his role. The film, to be directed by Prabhu Solomon, will be a modern-day take on Rajesh Khanna’s yesteryear classic Haathi Mere Saathi. Rana lost about 15 kg to play his role in the film.

“Yes, I’ll need to do more for this film. I’ll be taking 15-20 days before the shoot to stay with the elephants in the jungle and get familiar with them before I start filming. At the same time, we are also doing a bunch of workshops because the story is inspired by two events, so we are trying to get as authentic as we can in the filming process,” Rana was quoted in Mumbai Mirror.

The film, contrary to rumours, won’t be a remake of the classic. The only similarity between the two films will be the bond between elephants and human beings. Apart from Thailand, the makers will also shoot in Kerala and Delhi. The rest of the cast and crew are yet unknown. The makers are hoping to bring the film out for Diwali 2018.

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First Published: Feb 06, 2018 10:24 IST