It wouldn't be wrong to say that the cast of Haathi Mere Saathi including Rana Daggubati, Pulkit Samrat, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain had an unique and thrilling experience to shoot in the dense forests of Kerala over a couple of months. This gave its actors an opportunity to spend a lot of time together, bond and observing each other's craft.
The team had to travel six hours from Kochi airport to reach the town that was close to a forest where the shoot had been planned. Once they reached there, they had to undertake an uphill off-road journey, till they reached the location. The team was travelling by forest jeeps. Also, since they could only shoot till 5pm, the schedule had to start as early as 5am.
And if you ask Shriya how it was to work with Rana in the film, she would just say, "It was incredible to see the way Rana got into the skin of the character. It was so much fun working with him. He's so versatile and his dedication and commitment to the film was inspiring to watch. I really look up to him as a person in general and we had a really good time working on the set," Shriya said.
Shriya plays Arundhati, a young journalist in the trilingual who strives to save the elephants and their home against all odds while Rana plays Bandev. Haathi Mere Saathi is a story inspired by multiple events and traces the narrative of a man (Rana Daggubati), who spends most of his life in the jungle, dedicated to protecting the ecosystem. 2021's first trilingual film, will release as Aranya in Telegu and as Kaadan in Tamil.
The film is directed by ace director, Prabu Solomon an expert on wildlife films. It is produced by Eros Motion Pictures. It will release in theatres on March 26.
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