Mumbai: Baahubali star Rana Daggubati will be back on screen playing an interesting character in 'Haathi Mere Saathi'. The actor revealed the first look of his movie on the first day of New Year. He took fans by surprise with his different look. Daggubati shed almost 15 kg over three months for the role.
"After finishing Baahubali, I was aware that I'd have to lose weight to play any character. So, I started the process slowly. To get in shape for Haathi Mere Saathi, I didn't eat non-veg for almost six weeks. I stopped weight training and did simple cardio exercises to shed the muscle," the actor mentioned.
While speaking to Mid-Day, Daggubati's trainer, Kunal Gir, said,"During Baahubali, his physique fluctuated for four years. He had to follow a strict diet, eliminate carbs and consume only proteins. But, this time, it was the other way around. He was off protein and did light cardio exercises. He has lost almost 15 kg. Rana likes to eat every two hours, but we reduced his food intake and followed the three-meals-a-day routine."
Rana will soon start shooting for the film in Thailand, speaking about his character in the film, he said, "This film follows a man who lives with elephants in the wild. I want to live my character."
'Haathi Mere Saathi' is Hindi-Telugu-Tamil trilingual franchise, a tribute to the 1971 Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja starrer. It scheduled to hit screens in Diwali.