He didn’t learn to play the guitar for nothing. Rana Daggubati who prepared full-on to play the Goan rock musician in Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maro Dum (DMD) is willing to take to the stage as part of the promotional campaign for the film if the producers want.
Rana who is currently dubbing for his new Telugu film says, “I can play the guitar. But I don’t know how well I play it. I had to go into preparation not just playing the guitar but to look convincing as a Goan musician. I can’t say much about plans to take me on stage. The producers will know better.”
Interestingly, Rana’s co-star and adopted kid-brother Prateik always wanted to be a rockstar and had at one time acquired all the trappings from long hair to the guitar. Apparently, Prateik would also join Rana for the stage performances.
Both Rana and Prateik had to learn the Goan body language and the spoken language. Says Rana, “We became really close. He’s now like my younger brother. We’ve kept in touch even after the shooting. We were bonded in our nervousness as virtual newcomers. Since it was live sound, I had a Hindi coach with me throughout. I had to get rid of my Hyderabadi Hindi and learn Goan Hindi. It wasn’t easy because the two kinds of Hindis were mutually incompatible. I had to unlearn one kind of Hindi and then learn a new kind. Since I was brought up in Chennai, I speak fluent Tamil and Telugu. I am confused about which language to sing in.”
Rana will be rushing to Mumbai to promote DMD and then rushing back to Hyderabad because he has a Telugu release Nenu Na Rakshasi a week after DMD. “It’s a hectic time. I am not nervous. Because DMD is not really a debut for me. I’ve already gone through that acid test with my Telugu release Leader last year. We shot DMD in Goa. So I don’t know what it feels like to be a part of Mumbai.”