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Last Updated 23.02.2020 | 7:57 PM IST



Rana gets Hindi teacher for Ramu’s Department

'When in Mumbai, be a Mumbaite' - This adage is pretty much turning out to be true for Rana Daggubati who is not just facing the mighty challenge of acting right opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt but also getting rid of his Hyderabadi accent for Department. In fact what is pretty much his strength down South for Telugu films has pretty much been identified as a weakness by Rana's director Ram Gopal Varma.

"Since Department is based out of Mumbai and Rana too is not playing a South Indian in the film, Ramu is clear that he wants the young actor to get his dialogue delivery, accent as well as pronunciation right when mouthing Hindi dialogues. He was fine when for Company, Mohan Lal spoke in a highly accented Hindi because he was playing a South Indian there. However, there is no concession for Rana", informs a source connected to the film, the shooting of which is currently in progress.

It may not have been as much hard work for Rana had he allowed a dubbing artist to do the job for Department. However, after Dum Maaro Dum, where some fair criticism came in due to the soft voice of the dubbing artist not quite matching his hunky physique, Rana is much more careful and doesn't wish to take any chances.

"He approached Ramu and requested that he is allowed to dub for himself. The director didn't have any issues either but his only condition was that for that he would have to get it perfectly right. Now since Rana comes from Hyderabad, he has that typical twang to his tone. Moreover his Hindi has a fair bit of Urdu in it as well which makes it very different from how people in Mumbai speak. There is a lot of hard work for Rana but he is insistent on speaking his own lines", the source adds.

To facilitate this process, the makers have gone an extra mile to hire a teacher who is on the sets everyday when Rana is shooting. His job is to help out the actor in reading out every dialogue clearly, understanding the context of every spoken word and get the accent perfect.

When contacted, Rana confirmed the presence of a Hindi teacher on the sets. "Yes, this man has been a huge help for me. He is suggesting me the correct pronunciation. I don't mind that extra effort at all as this is only going to help me on my further assignments."

He parts on with a smile on his face. "For someone who has been cast in Telugu movies for his voice, it is fun to play around with that very USP for a Hindi film. Wonder what next is in store for me when I sign a Tamil film next?"

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