It’s a Wrap
RANA DAGGUBATI, 27, Actor
Bollywood, make way for this Hyderabadi hunk. From the looks of it, Rana Daggubati just might be the most promising entrant into B Town from the south. Delivering an impressive performance as the second lead in
Dum Maro Dum, he played the sensitive yet determined singer hardened by heartbreak. With his next film, Ram Gopal Varma’s Department, he hopes to polish his act. From learning to speak Hindi like a Mumbaikar to training with real cops, he’s living the character every day.
FLASHBACK His impressive six feet three inch frame and a driving passion for all things cinematic would take him places, predicted many from the film fraternity after his debut Telugu film, Leader (2009) was released. But despite belonging to a family full of film personalities, he didn’t jump straight into acting. He studied photography, produced an award winning film ( A Bellyful of
Dreams), dabbled in entrepreneurship with his visual effects company and then decided to move into acting. He says, “I thank my stars I didn’t go the traditional MBA way.” And now, he’d love to get into film direction as well. “The excitement of telling a story is irresistible,” he says.
second opinion Besides his acting abilities, Rana's charismatic personality and impressive presence work
greatly in his favour.
SEKHAR KAMMULA, FILMMAKER
“I will do what it takes to deliver my best performance. As an actor, I respect every take, every aspect—small or big that goes into the art and
science of filmmaking.”