February 13 : The Baahubali actor Daggubati is the lead in all the three versions of the film. The other versions of the film will also feature, Ratsasan actor Vishnu Vishal and Pulkit Samrat. The story will see Rana's character trying his best to save the animal kingdom, from the greedy encroachers. The actor revealed that ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ was not a laid-back film and had to face many challenges while shooting.
When asked about the challenges faced by him, on this Rana said, “I can definitely tell you itthe challenges were not easy at all. Haathi Mere Saathi is not a laid-back film to be done. There were different sets of challenges we were dealing with, on the sets. We dealt with the nature. And as this movie will be release in 3 different languages. Language was another challenge for us. But the biggest of them all was the herd of elephants. On sets there are so many factors which doesn’t go on with you every day. But I guess that's what all about completing a story or a film. I felt very hard, when I saw the making and remembered those 2 years of shooting. I just want to say, I am totally a distinct person. And I am happy that I was able to do all the things, the story required.
Talking about the looks and his character in film, Rana expressed, “Initially when I dressed up for my character I was looking like a bull. So, my director asked me to reduce weight. I lost 30 kgs to look perfect for my role. And as we kept going on for the shoot, we started relating with the facts how my character would be. If somebody was living in a jungle for so long, what would be his nature of food and his physical appearance. It was really a very challenging role for me. I have never played such kind of character before But I must say, all the credit of my looks goes to my director. He is the who has created me so precisely for this film.”
The film made headlines for Rana's super impressive look and the shoot for the film was currently on in the jungles of Kerala. The movie highlighting man-animal relationship is a story inspired by true events and a tribute to 1971 classic film ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’, starring Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja.
‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ is an animal drama also featuring Pulkit Samrat, Vishnu Vishal, Zoya Hussein and Kalki Koechlin. The movie is helmed by Prabhu Solomon, the trilingual is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil with a different cast across languages. The Eros International's movie is titled "Kaadan" in Tamil and "Aranya" in Telugu. The music has been composed by Shantanu Moitra and sound designed by Resul Pookutty.