Rana Daggubati: Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum is an experimental yet commercial film

The actor, who has had his share of successes and failures in films, speaks about his soon-to-release Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum

In his short and “experimental journey” in filmdom, the probability of success and failure has been high, says Telugu filmstar Rana Daggubati and adds that failures have taught him not to repeat his mistakes.“Since my journey has been experimental, the probability of success or failure is high. But I’ve always learnt a thing or two from the experience. Most importantly, I learnt what not to do from my failures,” said Rana.

Rana has starred in Leader, Department and Dum Maaro Dum and his last two films have not been so successful. Currently, the actor is gearing up for the release of Telugu revenge-drama Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (KVJ) and describes it as yet another experimental project. “KVJ is also an experimental film with all commercial elements. The film aims to celebrate long forgotten art form of theatre,” said Rana. So is KVJ all about a forgotten art form? “No. The film has all commercial elements to be called an entertainer. While one aspect of the story is about an ancient art form, the other one is about illegal mining and its effect on the livelihood of people,” the 27-year-old said.

He plays a theatre artiste in the film belonging to a troupe called Surabhi, for whom drama is not only livelihood, but a profession and an art form. “Surabhi group is still considered one of the best drama troupes in the country. Not many know the first Telugu heroine Kamalabai who acted in Bhakta Prahlada was from the same troupe,” he said.

Rana performed with real theatre actors in the film and he considers it one of the challenges of the film. “Cinema and theatre are like two different sides of a coin. The biggest challenge was to mix them and produce something entertaining, yet unique. We learned from each other in the process,” he said.

What were the other challenges? “We weren’t allowed to shoot in real mining locations. Therefore, we had to recreate mining sets. We had to recreate many sets. To recreate something near to the original was challenging,” he said.

KVJ is directed by Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi aka Krish. “Krish and I have been friends much before the start of the project. Working with him was never like working in a film. It was more like two close friends coming together and breathing life into an idea,” he said.

Krishnam Vande Jagatgurum releases November 9 with a U/A certificate from the censor board. It stars Nayantara, Brahmanandam and Kota Srinivasa Rao. It was shot in 80 days, mostly in Hyderabad. The film was supposed to be simultaneously shot in Tamil as Ongaram, but that will happen later. Rana said: “We will work on the Tamil version later. It will more or less be a remake of KVJ. We couldn’t afford to shoot simultaneously because of time constraints,” he said.