Rana Daggubati is all set to star in the remake of classic 1971 film Haathi Mere Saathi. Directed by Tamil filmmaker Prabhu Solomon, the film will be shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and expected to release on Diwali 2018.
Mumbai Mirror quotes Daggubati as saying, "There’s a very exciting physical language to the character I’m playing in Haathi Mere Saathi and is completely different from what I’ve done in the past. I’ve always wanted to be a part of content that can travel across the country. It is a rare story about the relevance of nature in our lives, narrated through a wonderful relationship between a man and an elephant. Prabhu Solomon’s passion for nature and elephants makes him the finest craftsman in the country who can handle a story like this."
The same report also quoted the director saying, "They are intelligent and magnificent creatures that humans can take a cue from when it comes to living, thinking and love. It will be quite exciting for me to shoot the film simultaneously in multiple languages for the first time."
The original film which featured Rajesh Khanna in the lead role was directed by Tamil filmmaker, MA Thirumugam. The film became the biggest box-office hit of the year, and was one of the most talked about films of the 17 consecutive hits Rajesh Khanna gave between 1969 and 1971.
The remake which will have high doses of VFX and will be produced by Eros International's Trinity Pictures. It will go on floors in Thailand in January.