I had to learn Marathi as it is my biwis (Renuka Shahane) mother-tongue. And for her sake,I had to act in one Marathi film at least. My mother-in-law Shanta Gokhale is also an author. I have their strong influence and believe me,after this film,I shall be able to make a speech in shuddha Marathi, laughs Rana who is going to dub in his own voice for the film.
About Yeda Appa,the actor says that it was the script that excited him. It is the kind of suspense thriller,he states,that has not been made for a long time in Marathi films. The kind of intensity that his character has in the film is on par with his menacing acts in Sangharsh or Dushman. It is the title role and the story is of utmost importance when it comes to regional cinema. That is what has always attracted me to it (the story). I have already attempted films in Tamil,Telugu,Haryanvi,Kannada and Oriya and now it was high time that I did a Marathi film, says the actor,who was shooting at Chaul village,10 kilometres away from Alibag. The film is presently being shot in an old house,built in 1929. Rana says he is working with an entirely young and energetic crew who are out to prove themselves.
Briefing about his character,the actor says he plays Appa Kulkarni who is slightly yeda (mentally imbalanced). Yet he is also a man of convictions and believes only in necessities of life and not luxuries. Appa is all for the roti,kapda,makaan concept and though a Brahmin,he is not averse to hard work and toiling for a living.
Rana says that doing intense roles can be very draining. However,I love to do such roles for my own pleasure. The passion to do something different keeps me going, says the actor,who wants to do films in every language. This way I not only get to learn the language but also get accustomed to every state,their sensibilities and cultures, he states adding,And the advantage is I get paid for learning.
Being produced by Girish Salvi and Aditya Sharma,Yeda Appa is directed by Kishore Belekar and also stars Satish Pulekar,Reema,Kishori Shahane,Aniket Vishwasrao and new girl Utkarsha. This is one experience,Rana says,that he is going to cherish because it is a film shot at actual locations and has a heart-wrenching tale.