In the recently released Telugu biopic of veteran actor NT Rama Rao, directed by Vaanam fame Krish, Rana Daggubati played Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Ask the actor, who was in Coimbatore recently to attend the Mahashivaratri celebrations, his experience of portraying a real-life character, and he says, “I have never played someone in my life. And I went on to portray the character of the CM of Andhra Pradesh! I have been seeing him for the last 20 years on television and news, and to play him on screen was very exciting. Meeting him for the role made my job easier. When the person you are playing tells you how to do his role, doesn’t it get easier?”
So, did he inspire him to join politics? “There is a lot of drama in politics and I could use that in my films. I like politics for its dramas. I have no interest in it otherwise,” he says, “I cannot comment about other actors venturing into it. After all, anyone can join politics. Today, if some actors are taking the plunge, it’s their choice entirely. The only thoughts in my head after finishing every film is that I have to do another. Cinema is my job and I will continue to do that.”
Apart from Tollywood films, Rana also has a couple of Tamil and Hindi films in his hand, including one with Prabu Solomon. “This a great time to be a part of the film industry. Today, when you make a universal subject in a language, the entire nation sits up and takes notice. A Tamil director can go on to make movies in Hindi. It’s a nice time to do movies and a great opportunity for people like us,” he signs off.