From being blind in one eye to winning hearts – Meet the real life ‘Baahubali’
Real life ‘Baahubali’ star Rana Daggubati says “His vision is impaired, but he does not let that affect him.”
The 32 year-old Rana Daggubati, who is a real life bahubali, has 18 movies in his kitty. After his big release, Baahubali – The Conclusion, Rana Daggubati is walking away from the limelight. He stints across the Tamil cinema, Telugu cinema, and Hindi movie industries. He is well known as Rana. He is an Indian film actor, producer, Visual Effects co-ordinator,and photographer. His work is well known in Tamil cinema.
Rana was born in chennai, to Telugu film producer Daggubati Suresh Babu. He completed his schooling in Hyderabad from Hyderabad Public School. His paternal grandfather, Dr. Ramanaidu, was a famous film producer. In recognition of his contribution to Telugu cinema, he became the recipient of the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India. His paternal uncle Venkatesh and his maternal cousin Naga Chaitanya are also prominent actors in Telugu cinema.
After the success of Baahubali: The Beginning, he admitted that he is blind in one eye, stating that he can only see through his left eye.
In Times of India poll, he won ‘The Most Promising Newcomer of 2011’ and he was also listed as number 20 on the Times of India’s Most Desirable Men list for the year 2011. In 2012, as per poll conducted by TOI, he was voted the 10th most desirable man in India. In 2010, He won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South and CineMAA Award for Best Male Debut for his acting in Leader.
In Bollywood he made his debut with Bipasha Basu and Abhishek Bachchan in the movie Dum Maaro Dum. In 2015, he played “Bhallala Deva”, the cousin of protagonist Bahubali in the movie Baahubali: The Beginning which was directed by S.S. Rajamouli.
Baahubali: The Beginning achieved huge success across the globe and break most of the records set by Indian cinema both nationally and internationally. In 2006, Rana won the State Nandi Award for Best Special Effects for the Telugu film Sainikudu and also received the National Film Award for co-producing Bommalata – A Bellyful of Dreams.
Today the world of entertainment is brimming with Baahubali stories and Speaking to PTI reporters,
My approach to cinema is very different. I am sure the film has increased my market value. If not [for] the first part of Baahubali, it would have been tough for me to bring something like a submarine war film (The Ghazi Attack) to life in India. Now, I can do a lot of alternative things and tell different stories in different languages as that’s what interests me. I can now get a lot of films green-lit. It was hard to do that earlier. People now have confidence in me. There will be more and more studios and makers interested in doing the work I believe in.