Rana Daggubati, Vishnu Vishal's Kaadan inspired by Forest Man of India

By Rinku Gupta
The story line of Prabhu Solomon's Kaadan has   been inspired by the unfortunate event of humans encroaching the elephant corridors in Kaziranga, Assam. The films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, trace the narrative of a man, the role essayed by Rana Daggubati, who dedicated most of his life living in the jungle with the sole purpose of protecting the animals inhabiting it and how he becomes a pivotal part of the conflict.

Inspired by the story of The Forest Man of India, Jadhav Molai Payeng, who spent his life on the banks of the Bramhaputra river, protecting elephants and turning the area into a dense forest is what Eros International's tri- lingual Kaadan( Tamil) is based on. The film stars Rana Daggubati in the lead, in all three languages, with Vishnu Vishal in the Tamil and Telugu ( Aranya) version. Pulkit Samrat is part of the Hindi ( Haathi Mere Saathi) with Rana in Hindi.

Inspired by his story, the Kumki director Prabho Solomon said at the teaser launch in Chennai, " Why not make a film on him and his achievements is what I thought. The elephant numbers are decreasing in India. They are part of a massive eco- cycle which leads to forestation thanks to elements in elephant dung, which is found all over the vast areas they traverse daily, which give rise to forests. We have not sugar coated anything. We shot with 30 elephants for 40 days. In Assam, Thailand and Vietnam we did lots of research on the subject."
About his producers he added, "Without Eros International this film would not have been possible. Eros will make a big comeback with this film in the South."

Shanthanu Moitra of 3 Idiots has done the music. Resul Pookkutty has done the sound, which is a most important feature of this film.

He added, " Vishnu Vishal deserves my thanks. Not many actors would take up this role. It requires lot of hard work shooting with elephants in the jungles. But he trusted my films and just on one phone call he landed in Kerala for the shoot, ready to start without any questions. As for the lead, Rana Dagubatti, he did a lot of hard work all through, without making a face even once. It was with trepidation that I went to narrate the story to him in Hyderabad. But he accepted immediately after hearing the story. He had a very tough time shooting the same takes, 3 languages, especially with 30 elephants in the background. He put himself through dangerous elephant chases without batting an eyelid."
Prabhu Solomon revealed that on the suggestion of Resul Pookutty, he planned to take the film to the UN and the WHO to create an awareness about the environment and animals.
Manav Sethi CMO Eros and Nandu Ahuja Head of Distribution, Eros International, were also present apart from Rana , Vishnu Vishal, cameraman Ashok Kumar amongst others.
The film is slated for release on 2nd April.

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