Haathi Mere Saathi, starring Rana Daggubati, to be a ‘mega franchise’

Eros International Media announced its next film Haathi Mere Saathi, a remake of the 1971 film of the same name starring Rajesh Khanna.

It will be shot on a large canvas in three languages — Hindi, Telugu and Tamil, and directed by Prabhu Solomon of Kumki and Mynaa fame.

“With shooting commencing in Thailand in January 2018 along with various locations across India, the film will be mounted on a scale with never-seen before visual effects in this genre,” Eros said.

Haathi Mere Saathi is slated to start shooting in all three languages in January and be ready to release on Diwali 2018.

“There’s a very exciting physical language to the character I’m playing in “Haathi Mere Saathi’ – something entirely different from what I’ve done in the past,” said lead actor Rana Daggubati.

“I’ve always Wanted to be a part of content that can travel across the country, and am very happy that Trinity is backing cinema of this genre,” he added.

He said the story is about the relevance of nature in human lives, “narrated through a Wonderful relationship between man and elephant.”

“This story is definitely another of those rare challenges I’m beginning to enjoy being a part of. Prabhu Solomon’s passion for nature and elephants makes him probably the finest craftsman in the country who can handle a story like this,” he added.

Ajit Thakur, CEO, Trinity Pictures said the attempt is to build a mega franchise based on completely new and contemporary stories.

“I have been always inspired by this space and it’s a dream to create a true-blue animal film Signifying a deep and strong bond between humans and animals,” he said.

“Elephants can depict the finest emotions like joy, anger, grief compassion, love reside in them and with Haathi Mere Saathi, we are hoping to present a truly enjoyable, entertaining and thought-provoking animal film for all ages.”