It’s time for Rana Daggubatti to move out of his Bahubali avatar, King Bhallala Deva, and get back to a more recent time! That’s why we can’t wait to see him play an Indian naval officer in Ghazi.
The film is a true story revolving around the Pakistani Navy’s flagship submarine, Ghazi, which sank near the eastern coast of India during the 1971 Indo-Pak War, en route to the Bay of Bengal under mysterious circumstances. The actor will start shooting for the Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu trilingual in November. Rana, who has already started working on his look and is interacting with officers as part of his prep, said the following:
“It’s a gripping screenplay and fascinating for someone who growing up has been a fan of films like Crimson Tide and rued the fact that our submarine officers haven’t been portrayed much in films. I’ve met a friend’s father who was in the navy for years and I’m trying to set up more appointments early next month.”
Since the original Ghazi sank, they will be building two submarine sets in Hyderabad which, he promises, will be extremely detailed. The film is being helmed by debutante director Sankalp. Explaining the choice of the filmmaker, Rana commented,
“He’s the original writer on the film and had a perfect vision to tell this story.”
And why a trilingual?
“Well, it’s an Indian story and the whole country needs to see it at once,” he smiles.
Sounds like an exciting venture for Rana and we’re really looking forward to hearing more about this project!