It is important to maintain harmony between us and nature

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Actor Rana Daggubati has been in the news quite often these days. He is ready to bring his film “Haathi Mere Saathi” to the screens of billions of people across the country. The film will see a direct-to-TV release on Zee Cinema on September 18 at 8 p.m.

Directed by Prabu Solomon ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ is about the strong bond between humans and animals. It shows how chains of intangible emotions link the two species into one. The film stars actors Rana Daggubati, Pulkit Samrat, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Zoya Hussain and Anant Mahadevan in key roles. The film already hit theaters on March 26, earlier this year. It was called “Kaadan” in Tamil and “Aranya” in Telugu. In the Tamil and Telugu versions, instead of actor Pulkit Samrat, actor Vishnu Vishal was seen playing the second main character.

Outlook caught up with Rana Daggubati for a candid chat. Talk to Prateek Sur, Rana Daggubati opens up about the film, how he was filming in the wild, how he attained a new perspective on life after making the film, and much more. Excerpts from the chat:

‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ is now about to have a direct to TV release, what do you have to say about it?

Direct-to-TV broadcasting is a great way to reach a wider range of viewers. We want the story of ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ to reach as many people as possible. With the direct-to-television release of the film, audiences will be able to enjoy the film from the comfort of their home. We made this film to highlight a real-world crisis that threatens elephants and their ecosystem. With this film, we hope to make a difference.

Learning the art of coexisting to maintain harmony between man and nature is very important. What do you think we can do to maintain the strong bond between wildlife and humans?

Coexistence is the ideal path to a healthy and fruitful ecosystem. It’s a simple concept; we are co-dependent. It is important to maintain harmony between us and nature. It can help revitalize our planet. If we are simply attentive to each other’s needs, we can eventually achieve parity. “Haathi Mere Saathi” conveys this powerful thought. As I spent a lot of time in nature shooting the film, this message stuck with me as well. It made me feel closer to the pure workings of nature.

Tell us some interesting anecdotes of your unique experience of shooting in a jungle.

Well, the calm of the jungle and the majestic ways of nature have spellbound me for months. We went days without network connectivity, and that really helped me get into the zone. Once we arrived at the shooting schedule, I still remember being lost in the peaceful silence of the greens around me. And after the day’s filming, we used to recharge with some stories from the rangers. It gave us additional insight into their world. It also made us aware of the importance of emphasizing the need to maintain the ecological balance. All in all, it was not only an exciting and fruitful shoot, but also a learning and humbling experience.

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