Eros international has finalized the title for Rana Daggubati starrer ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ in Tamil and Telugu. This film is a trilingual and will actually be shot in three different languages because of Rana’s pan India stardom. Haathi Mere Saathi of Rajesh Khanna was a universal story and became one of the biggest hit in the history of Indian cinema at the time. Film ran across the country without nearly being bothered about the cultural shifts as the pain of an animal is understood by all if told neatly, like Chaplin. Story has a wider reach than only one market so studio is cashing up on it.
‘Kaadan’ in Tamil and ‘Aranya’ in Telugu are the final decided titles for a film that does not really have a release date. Rana is at the peak of his stardom post Baahubali and his first solo hit ‘Nene Raju Nene Mantri’. Budget of Haathi Mere Saathi is massive and producers are counting on Rana’s appeal in all three major markets of this country. Poster of the film was released a few months ago and it showed Rana as a rugged nomad with his elephant as he seems to be playing a jungle boy which is very unlike Rajesh Khanna’s film.
Pulkit Samrat will be playing an important second lead to Rana in the hindi version but his role will be transferred to Vishnu Vishal in Tamil and Telugu version. Shooting of the film has not started yet though everybody is on board and the project is finalized. Rana has been prepping for the film because it would take some special set of skills to be a jungle man convincingly for someone who has not performed this kind of a role before. Producers would announce the release date in their due time.