Yes, he looks better in person, just in case you were wondering. Rana Daggubati in flesh and blood is as hot as all of us have imagined him to be and is quite the motor-mouth... surprise, surprise!
We caught up with the good-looker at Cinépolis early last evening, as the Tollywood star watched a special show of his current release, Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum with a select audience, many of the lucky ones, just being Bangaloreans who chose to book the 3.30 pm show.
“Bangalore is a lovely city and I needn’t be the one to tell you that, but it’s always a pleasure to come here. This trip is delayed, we’d hoped to come here in time for the release, but that couldn’t be arranged and so well... we’re here now,” opens Rana as we sit down for a quick tête-à-tête.
The movie’s doing really well, so that must be a happy thing, we ask and Rana says, "Of course! Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum is doing better than any of my previous releases. We opened to a Rs3.5 crore weekend in Andhra Pradesh alone and more than Rs1 crore abroad — that’s as exciting as it gets for me. The movie is still doing really well in multiplexes and single screens and that makes me immensely happy."
We congratulate him and then continue... so, why do you think Krishnam... did so well? And pat comes the reply, "well, I wouldn’t be able to answer that question, but what I do know is that it gives me a lot of satisfaction to know that my audiences are open to me experimenting. As you would have realised, I haven’t really ever played a character again. I might be just six films old, but each of my characters have been quite vividly different — and yet I am being accepted and that too in an industry like Tollywood. That’s just incomparable to me in terms of success," Rana enthuses.
Since we’ve now got him in the mood we want, we ask Rana how he deals with success and failure. "They’re both sides of the same coin. I have learnt to take it in my stride. The biggest of successes and the worst of failures are all learning experiences and so I like to look at performances objectively. It solves a lot of the problems, especially for someone like me," explains the actor.
And what do you think makes a movie click, we further the same question... "To me, I think it’s all a money game. The more one puts and spends on a movie, the better the product. And I guess a lot of Tollywood films stand as living proof to that. So yes, the budget plays a huge role in the success these days," answers Rana.
Quickly moving on, we ask... what about your long-awaited debut in Kollywood? (smiles) "Long-awaited, really? (laughs) Well, I have signed on a film with Selvaraghavan and work on that will start soon, but otherwise, guess what... I have a surprise cameo in Ajith’s next release. But I am not stopping at Kollywood. My obsession with Hollywood has finally led me to an interesting project. I will soon start work on a film called A Momentary Lapse Of Reason with Aditya Bhattacharya and that’s really exciting for me," shares Rana.
Running out of time, we finally push in our last question... so how tall are you really (considering he towers over everyone in the room)? (whispers) "I’m not as tall as I claim, you know, I am actually six feet and two inches (and a half), but I love saying I’m six feet, three inches (half winks)," he tells us with a glint in his eye, leaving us sighing from within.