CONTENT MATTERS, NOT THE STAR: RANA
Actor Rana Daggubati (above) is satisfied with the path that his career is taking, and is upbeat about the release of his next film, the sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning (2015). Will his portrayal of Bhallala Deva, the magnificently strong but devious prince, overshadow all his other projects?
Daggubati believes that the substance of the role is far more important than the actor playing it. “I don’t think people will come to watch a film because I’m in it. They’ll watch it because of the content, and how it holds their interest. It could have been anyone in Baahubali in my place and people would still watch the film,” he says. “We play a lot of characters and every project has its charm.”
Daggubati, a south Indian superstar who has been a part of Bollywood films such as Dum Maaro Dum (2011), Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013) and Department (2012), is fond of taking something from the sets of each film, as a souvenir. “Memorabilia are something I like,” he says. “With each film, you take back something... and it’s nice to hold something from the time when you were telling that story.”