The Per­fect Va­ca­tion

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Ei­ther shoot­ing in some far­away place or plane hop­ping for work, he does not find too much time to travel for plea­sure but when he is shoot­ing, Dag­gu­bati makes the best of where he goes. “We shot at Krabi in Thai­land for Haathi Mere Saathi, not along the beach but in the jun­gles, in the harsh trop­i­cal sun. Very of­ten we spent early morn­ings and with over 15 wild ele­phants around us and we did this con­sis­tently over a pe­riod of a month. That is quite ex­otic in it­self.” He adds that any place that of­fers a rich cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence can be in­ter­est­ing. “I shot for Nene Raju Nene Mantri (2017) in Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu which is a beau­ti­ful small town, vi­brant with cul­ture and sto­ries.”

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a new cul­ture, learn­ing, see­ing or eat­ing some­thing new holds great ap­peal for Dag­gu­bati. “It has to tick all four boxes or at least some of the above. I am not very de­fined about what I would like to do when I travel. It is of­ten a case of, let me just go there and fig­ure out what to do,” he says.

He ad­mits to be­ing a foodie and says that it is a long list of the num­ber of in­ter­est­ing and ex­otic things he has eaten around the world. “When I travel to a new city, I do not go with a map of the city. I, in­stead, carry with me the food guide of the place and that is how I ex­plore any part of the world.”

His ear­li­est mem­o­rable hol­i­days were trips to Amer­ica when as a child he loved ex­plor­ing the theme parks, “Be it Dis­ney World or Univer­sal Stu­dios, they are an im­por­tant part of my child­hood travel mem­o­ries. When in In­dia, my sec­ond most favourite place af­ter home is Goa and I keep look­ing for ex­cuses to go there as of­ten as I can,” says Dag­gu­bati, who en­joys trav­el­ling light. “I would rather get rid of as much gear and ac­ces­sories as I can when I travel,” he says.

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