Baahubali’s Rana Daggubati to debut in Mollywood as King Marthanda Varma

After essaying the role of Bhallaladeva, Rana Daggubati is foraying to Mollywood. He will be portraying the role of the erstwhile ruler of Travancore, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma.

Helmed by K Madhu, the film is titled as Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma: The King of Travancore, which will hit the theatres in four languages – Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

As per the reports in a leading Indian daily, a source close to the development confirmed the news by stating, “Yes, he is doing the film, and is quite thrilled about it.”

The script of the movie is written by Robin Thirumala. Although, the film’s pre-production work is currently in development, the director of the film confirmed that the film is scheduled to release by mid 2018.

“In terms of both appearance and performance, Rana is the best to play the character and that’s why we approached him. We are glad that he was happy to be part of the project, once we narrated the script.”

Speaking about Rana being newly acquainted to the language, K Madhu said, “I believe that there is no language when it comes to acting. There is no difference in the expressions and emotions one portrays whatever the language is and thus, I am sure it wouldn’t be a problem for an actor like him.”

Adding further, the director mentioned that the names of the other members of the team will be disclosed very soon.

“We have roped in top actors from across industries to play various parts. For instance, we can expect a leading actor from Tamil to do a pivotal role,” said Madhu.

Talking about the features of the King which will be portrayed in the film, Robin Thirumala, who is the scriptwriter of the film, said, “He is the one who shaped modern Thiruvananthapuram and the one who surrendered his kingdom to Sree Padmanabhaswamy through the Thrippadi Danam. Marthanda Varma was instrumental in keeping safe the wealth of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, the richest in the world, and also for its renovation. The film will be featuring these milestones.”

He further revealed that the film will showcase Marthanda Varma’s journey of becoming the first king who overpowered a foreign force during a war at sea. He and his armed forces defeated the Dutch in the year 1741 during the Battle of Colachel.

The film will have Peter Hein choreographing the stunts, whereas Resul Pookutty will direct the music of the film. Baahubali’s music composer MM Keeravani will be composing music for the epic drama film.