Darshan set to play Gandugalli Madakari Nayaka
The film, directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, is based on BL Venu’s book, Madakari Nayaka
Yet again, Darshan has signed a film based on a historical event. The actor, who pulled off the role of legendary warrior Sangolli Rayana, an army chief for the Kingdom of Kittur, is now set to portray Gandugalli Madakari Nayaka in an upcoming film.
Directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, the film is based on BL Venu’s book, Madakari Nayaka, about the last ruler of Chitradurga who belonged to the Nayaka community. It will be produced by Rockline Venkatesh. The actor says he loves doing historical subjects because it's a learning experience for him. “I don’t have a thorough knowledge of history. But I get to learn about historical heroes through my films,” he says.
Darshan reveals that it was senior actor Srinivas Murthy who persuaded him to take on the role of Madakari Nayaka. “In fact, he even convinced Rockline Venkatesh about it,” says the actor.
“Today’s generation talks about animated creatures and superheroes like Spiderman and Batman. But our own soldiers and warriors are forgotten. When I was growing up, we used to watch mythological serials like Ramayana and Mahabharata, but today’s kids don’t know much about it. At least such historical films will enlighten them on freedom fighters,” he adds.
To prepare for the role, Darshan will first refer to the book to get an understanding of the characters before getting into the script reading. “I remember reading three books when I played Sangolli Rayanna’s character. While two of the books mentioned that he was not married, the third book had a different version. A lot of research goes into playing such characters,” he says.
There’s a thin line between playing mythological and historical characters in terms of body language and dialogues. For the historical role, Darshan will be undergoing a complete physical transformation. “I’m looking at it as a challenge,” he says.
The project is likely to go on floors in 2019 and the official launch date will be fixed once everything is in place. “I will start with Tharun Sudhir’s film early next year and will get going with Gandugali Madakari Nayaka as and when it gets ready. Historical films take time, and a lot of preparation will have to go into it. The script work is currently going on and it needs ample time as it cannot be finalised in one reading,” Darshan signs off.