Actor Rana Daggubati lost almost 30 kgs for his upcoming movie “Haathi Mere Saathi”, in which he will be seen playing the role of a jungle man called Bandev.
To fit into the shape of his character, Rana followed a strict diet and underwent extensive training.
“Prabu Solomon sir (director) wanted everything to be real and organic. It was very difficult for me to lose all the weight since I have always been a guy with a big physique. I had to undergo extensive physical training to get the lean look for this character of Bandev. It has been a wonderful and learning experience for me,” Rana informed.
The trilingual 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. The film will also release as “Kaadan” in Tamil and “Aranya” in Telugu.
Rana is the protagonist in all three titles. While Pulkit Samrat plays Rana’s parallel lead in the Hindi version, southern 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. It 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, “Haathi Mere Saathi” is slated to hit the screens on April 2.
Anuradha Paudwal recalls recording of ‘Bahut Pyar Karte Hai’ from ‘Saajan’
Anuradha Paudwal, who has given voice to several popular tracks like ‘Mujhe Neend Na Aaye’, ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’ and many more shares an interesting anecdote from her recording days.
The renowned singer will appear as special guest on the reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’. She goes down the memory lane after looking at contestant Anshika Chonkar’s performance on Anuradha Paudwal’s melodious song ‘Bahut Pyar Karte Hai’ from the movie ‘Saajan’.
Revealing an incident from the day of her recording, Anuradha Paudwal said: “Back in those days we used to record multiple songs in a day, so we always were in a motion and our voices were also prone to that. So, one day, while I went for the recording, I was told we would rehearse a bit before the final take of the song, and I agreed.”
“I still remember there were live musicians because it was supposed to be a live recording and I heard the song and went on to rehearse for it. And when it was done, I asked when we would be recording the final one, and to my surprise they said it was done. So, the scratch version of the song that I recorded thinking I was rehearsing, actually went on to be the final song for the film and I had no clue about it,” she added.
Vishal Dadlani, Shankar Mahadevan and Himesh Reshammiya are the judges on the singing reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’. The show hosted by Aditya Narayan airs on Zee TV.
Kamal Haasan returns to take over as anchor of ‘Bigg Boss Tamil 5’
Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, who returned from hospital on Saturday after recovering from Covid, took over as anchor of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss Tamil 5’ from actress Ramya Krishnan who had stepped in for him for a week.
Confirming his return, the makers of the reality show released their first promo showing Kamal Haasan hosting the event.
In the promo, Kamal said, “I, who have recovered only because of your love, am back with you all again today.”
“This season, from what I have observed from the outside, I think people are playing as individuals. Each one has their own plans and strategy. Let’s watch the outcomes of their strategies tonight,” the star said, much to the delight of the fans who were sorely missing him in action.
Ramya Krishnan had to step in to anchor the show in Kamal’s place for a week, after Kamal Haasan tested positive for Covid-19. The actor isolated himself and underwent treatment at the Sri Ramachandar Medical Centre in Porur from where he was discharged on Saturday.
Deepika Padukone flies to Hyderabad for Nag Ashwin’s magnum opus ‘Project K’
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone preps herself to put the shoulder to the wheel on her upcoming magnum opus ‘Project-K’. Helmed by ‘Mahanati’ fame filmmaker Nag Ashwin, the movie is to star Deepika as the female lead.
As Deepika Padukone was spotted at the airport, it is reported that the ‘Piku’ actress has flown down to Hyderbad for Nag Ashwin’s upcoming movie ‘Project-K’. In her cropped lavender blazer-pant set, the actress was seen in a perky mood.
Sources reveal the actress is to participate in the first schedule of the upcoming movie in Hyderabad before she leaves for Mumbai. Deepika is to appear in Shakun Batra’s film, for which she is to begin dubbing as soon as she wraps up her present commitments.
Starring pan-India star Prabhas Uppalapati as the hero, the movie is said to be Nag Ashwin’s much-hyped venture. Touted to be a movie with a big budget, the movie is to feature megastar Amitabh Bachchan in a key role as well.
Prabhas, who is currently busy with ‘Salaar’ and ‘Aadipurush’, has reportedly allocated bulk dates for the project. A major portion of the film will be shot in special sets that are laid up in Hyderabad’s famous Ramoji Film City.
Telugu’s ace producer C. Ashwini Dutt is bankrolling this mega-budget project and the film is expected to hit the screens in 2023.
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