‘I sensed Tol­ly­wood’s wide reach be­fore Baahubali’

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Ac­tor Harsh­vard­han Rane (right) shot to fame in Bol­ly­wood with the film, Sanam Teri Kasam (2016). How­ever, prior to this, he had al­ready worked in the Tel­ugu film in­dus­try and made a name for him­self.

“I just fol­lowed my gut feel­ing when I went to Hy­der­abad in 2008. Tel­ugu and Hindi cinema both have a wide reach. I could sense a kind of ex­change hap­pen­ing be­tween Tol­ly­wood and Bol­ly­wood even be­fore Baahubali (2015) re­leased,” he says.

He adds that he found this a “great” space where he could ex­plore cinema of both the in­dus­tries. “I’m the first guy who went to the south and played the hero [and not a neg­a­tive role],” says Harsh­vard­han, who has been a part of other Tel­ugu films such as Thakita Thakita (2010), Prem Ishq Kad­haai (2013) and Anaamika (2014). The 33-yearold, who has a cameo in the up­com­ing Tel­ugu film Fi­daa, be­lieves that this is a great time for Bol­ly­wood ac­tors to be part of the South­ern film in­dus­try, thanks to di­rec­tor SS Ra­jamouli, who helmed the Baahubali films.

“Ra­jamouli played the role of an ex­press high­way be­tween two in­dus­tries and now, peo­ple can ex­change art more fre­quently. A per­son like this is al­ways needed be­tween two big in­dus­tries, to bridge the gap. A lot of ex­change has been hap­pen­ing, but a bet­ter for­mat has been cre­ated by this man,” adds Rane.

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