Actor Rana Daggubati will next been seen in upcoming trilingual Haathi Mere Saathi, in which he plays a mahout. The film, being directed by Prabhu Solomon, will be a modern-day take on Rajesh Khanna’s yesteryear classic Haathi Mere Saathi. The film has been on the floors for nearly six months but little to nothing is known about its star cast. The latest update is that actor Vishnu Vishal, known for films such as Jeeva and Velainu Vandhutta Velaikkaran, has joined the project and he will be seen alongside Rana in the Tamil and Telugu versions of the film. Sharing the news on his Twitter page on Saturday evening, Vishal wrote that he’s thrilled to be part of the project.
“Happy to be joining hands with dir Prabhu Solomon sir for the trilingual Haathi Mere Saathi where I will be doing the Tamil and Telugu versions alongside @RanaDaggubati. My direct Telugu debut. Wrapped up 26 day schedule today in Munnar (sic).” Vishnu also clarified that the film is not a sequel to Solomon’s highly successful Kumki. Talking to Firstpost, Vishnu said: “We have already completed one month shoot in Munnar, it’s a great experience to work with director Prabhu Solomon. Interestingly, this film will also mark my Telugu debut. Though it’s a multi-starrer, I have only a few combination scenes with Rana Daggubati”. Vishnu currently has three other projects in his kitty. His next Tamil release will be cop thriller Raatchasan, which he has produced.
Happy to b joinin hands with Dir Prabhu Solomon sir for the trilingual 'Haathi Mere Saathi' where i wil b doin d tamil n telugu version alongside @RanaDaggubati ..my direct telugu debut..wrapped up 26 day schedule today in munnar..its not kumki 2 n also not a remake..title soon:) pic.twitter.com/tTp2pSfdUj— VISHNU VISHAL - VV (@iamvishnuvishal) May 26, 2018
The film, contrary to rumours, won’t be a remake of the classic. The only similarity between the two films, according to a source from the film’s unit, will be the bond between elephants and humans. Before joining the sets of the film, Rana spent around two weeks with elephants in Thailand and he also shed 15 kilos to play his part. After shooting extensively in Thailand and Kerala, the team plans to shoot in Delhi soon. The makers are eyeing Diwali 2018 release.
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