Rana Daggubati is all set to pay tribute to the legendary actor and the first superstar of Bollywood the late Rajesh Khanna by playing the lead protagonist in the remake of 1971 blockbuster Haathi Mere Saathi. The remake will be made in three languages – Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Rana Daggubati shared his excitement about the film and quoted to Mumbai Mirror “There’s a very exciting physical language to the character I’m playing in Haathi Mere Saathi and is completely different from what I’ve done in the past. I’ve always wanted to be a part of the content that can travel across the country. It is a rare story about the relevance of nature in our lives, narrated through a wonderful relationship between a man and an elephant. Prabhu Solomon’s passion for nature and elephants makes him the finest craftsman in the country who can handle a story like this.”
Apart from being a remake, the film will also be inspired from the real-life incidents. It will mark the Bollywood debut of Tamil filmmaker Prabhu Solomon. Interestingly, the original Haathi Mere Saathi was also helmed by a Tamil director M. A. Thirumugam. Prabhu Solomon’s earlier successful films like Mynaa followed by Kumki and Kayal were set against the backdrop of nature. The director also said that elephants are one of his favourite subjects. “They are intelligent and magnificent creatures that humans can take a cue from when it comes to living, thinking and love. It will be quite exciting for me to shoot the film simultaneously in multiple languages for the first time.” (Also Read: Prabhas, Rana Dagubatti, Madhavan; Bollywood’s South imports who are total eye-candies!)
The film will go on floors in January next year in Thailand and will be shot across the different locations across the country. It will be high on VFX and will be produced by Eros International’s Trinity Pictures. The film is currently targeting for Diwali 2018 release. The CEO of the production house Ajit Thakur said, “Elephants are among the most expressive of creatures and with Haathi Mere Saathi, we are hoping to present a thought-provoking film.”
It seems that the remake will be a visual treat for the audience, but do you think Rana Daggubati will be able to pull off this role? Do let us know your thoughts by commenting below.