The formidable Bhallaladeva from Baahubali is all set to add another feather to his cap. Rana Daggubati has officially joined the MAMI Board to add to the festival madness. The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image announced the news on their Twitter handle on Thursday, January 8th. Rana too is excited about the development and acknowledged the opportunity given to him.
The @MumbaiFilmFest family grows stronger and bigger! Thank you @RanaDaggubati for joining us. We couldn’t be happier. #FestivalChampions #MovieWarriors #JioMAMIwithStar2018 pic.twitter.com/5AVkwogzbb— JioMAMIwithStar (@MumbaiFilmFest) February 8, 2018
Rana’s industry colleagues too congratulated him on the social media. Noted film journalist and critic Anupama Chopra shared her excitement to have the 33-year-old multi-lingual actor on board. Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh too welcomed his ‘Welcome To New York’ co-star to the MAMI Board.
One of my favourite visuals recently was the formidable Bhallaladeva taking notes at a @MumbaiFilmFest board meeting. Welcome @RanaDaggubati to the festival madness! So happy to have you on board! #FestivalChampions #JioMAMIwithStar2018 pic.twitter.com/bQo7LrKruu— Anupama Chopra (@anupamachopra) February 8, 2018
Thank you for bringing me on board...Let’s many more stories to this festival...and I had a desk job before I was Bhallaladeva 😂😂😂 taking notes is what I do!! https://t.co/59kof0SQC4— Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) February 8, 2018
Speaking on the issue, Rana said in a statement, “Filmmaking is something that has no boundaries when it comes to language. There is so much of wonderful cinema here in the south that as a board member I really wish to get the unique and extraordinary stories that people make and help showcase it on a platform like MAMI.”
“My major aim will be to bridge the gap between the national language cinema and the regional language cinema. Be it Malayalam cinema, Telugu cinema or Tamil cinema, some of the best independent films are made in these languages and it will be my main focus to make such work be noticed on a national platform.”
His intention and plans are genuinely applause-worthy. However, Twitter was quick to point out that Hindi is not our national language. Rana perhaps got carried away in all the excitement.
Known for his roles in action thrillers, Rana Daggubati will soon show us his humorous side in the upcoming movie Welcome To New York. Directed by Chakri Toleti, the rib-tickling comedy tells us how an unexpected trip to New York City changes the lives of two youngsters forever. Produced by Pooja Films and Wiz Films the film also stars Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar, Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta and Boman Irani. It is set to be released worldwide on 23 February 2018.
Rana will be also seen in his upcoming trilingual Haathi Mere Saathi, in which he plays a mahout. The film is set to be shot predominantly in Thailand and Rana Directed by Prabhu Solomon, the film will be a modern-day take on Rajesh Khanna’s yesteryear classic Haathi Mere Saathi. Rana lost about 15 kg to play the character and will be spending close to three weeks with the elephants to prepare for his role.“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 told Mumbai Mirror.