The 3-minute-long trailer showcases Rana Daggubati as Bandev, a mahout and conservationist. When human forces try to encroach on Kaziranga’s elephant corridor and disturb the mobility of the animals, Bandev wages a war against them and goes the extra mile in saving the forest land. He poses tough questions to the police, politicians and media who are backing the encroachment and also takes his fight to the capital city.
Aranya is a fictional tale inspired by true incidents and people, particularly environment activist Jadav Payeng. Hailing from the Missing tribe of Assam, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 2015 for converting more than 1300 acres of barren land into a reserve forest.
Bankrolled by Eros Motion Pictures, the adventure drama features an ensemble star cast like Vishnu Vishal, Zoya Hussain and Shriya Pilgaonkar in pivotal roles. Bollywood actor Pulkit Samrat will replace Vishnu in the Hindi version. All the portions involving elephants were shot in Thailand and extensive CG work was implemented in the movie. Shantanu Moitra has composed the music in all three languages.
To fit the bill as a 50-year-old jungle man, Rana followed a strict diet regime after Baahubali and underwent extensive training to shed down nearly 30 kilos from his body. Sharing the details regarding his dramatic physical transformation, the handsome hunk said “Prabhu Sir wanted everything to be real and organic. It was very difficult for me to lose all the weight since I have always been a guy with a big physique. I had to undergo extensive physical training to get the lean look for the character of Bandev. It has been a wonderful and learning experience for me.”