BAAHUBALI IS AN AR­MOUR FOR ME

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Time Out - Yashika Mathur

Ac­tor Rana Dag­gu­bati’s char­ac­ter, Bhal­laladev, in the Baahubali film fran­chise, has taken him to a new level of pop­u­lar­ity pan-india. He feels that the film, which broke box of­fice records, has opened av­enues for him like no other. “Baahubali is like an ar­mour that I have, like Karna did. Every time I want to do some big crazy thing, Baahubali of­fers that to me. It’s like a big shadow, pro­tect­ing me and let­ting me do things which I couldn’t do ear­lier. Even if I wanted to do a sub­ma­rine-based war film like Ghazi, in Tel­ugu and Tamil ear­lier, there was no chance I was go­ing to do that. I was able to do all this stuff (be­cause of Baahubali) and that’s what Baahubali is and it will al­ways be like that for me for the rest of my life,” says Rana. “We come from a land of sto­ry­telling. It’s ul­ti­mately a story that you tell. When a story is not re­gion-bound, I just take it and keep think­ing what story I am telling,” says the Baby and Dum Maro Dum ac­tor. The ac­tor has re­cently ven­tured into the space of dig­i­tal me­dia and will soon be seen in a web se­ries called So­cial. Tak­ing risks has never been a point of worry for him. “All my life I have been ex­per­i­ment­ing. I don’t know what works and what doesn’t and it just keeps me ex­cited be­cause you hear new sto­ries and get into that work,” he says.

RANA DAG­GU­BATI, AC­TOR

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