I had failed class 10, but that didn't discourage me from following my dreams: Rana Daggubati

A look at the trip of the actor and producer Rana Daggubati will surely be inspiring. Especially for the many students who are dealing with exams this season. During his conversation with us, Rana tells us how he overcame academic setbacks to find his true vocation. Excerpts

You once said you were a confused child. Now, do you feel that this phase in your life was instrumental in what you have become today?

He had failed in Class 10, and it obviously felt like a major setback at that time. Unfortunately, this is how we are conditioned to think: if we do not do well in our studies, it is the end of life. But in the midst of the failure and all the confusion that led to it, I leaned back and tried to understand what I really wanted to do in life. And I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts, particularly in movies. Of course, there was a lot of uncertainty during the initial phase, but now, when I look back, I feel I did the right thing.

Tell us your love for visual effects (VFX)? I am fascinated with movies like Star Wars. My dream was to bring visual effects to Indian cinema. Although I wasn't good at studying, I loved computers and technology. In fact, my career began in a visual effects company. Cut in movies, I always felt that epic tales can be portrayed spectacularly through visual effects. More than technology, VFX is an art form that I find very interesting.

What is your trick to get through negative thoughts?

Like everyone else, I also had my ups and downs in life, either in terms of my emotions or my health. But in general, I think I've been quite solid as an individual. My personal goals have kept me motivated at all times. I wanted to make really great movies, and that goal is bigger than my personal struggles. There were times when I was depressed and had negative thoughts, but I managed to overcome that by constantly focusing on my dreams.

Do trolls affect you?

Trolls do not affect me at all. I do not care what they say.

Things you value most in life ...

Relationships I feel that people should make an effort to make sure they have a constant conversation with the people they value.

Who are your favorite stars in Sandalwood?

I am a big fan of the late Dr. Rajkumar. Currently, I am working on Hiranyakashyap and, for reference, I continue to return to his 1983 film Bhakta Prahlad. I have also known his son, Puneeth Rajkumar for a long time, and I enjoy watching his films. Among the independent films, I really liked Lucia. With KGF, Yash has managed to reach a milestone that we probably did with Baahubali and The Ghazi Attack.

Your Bengaluru connects ...

My sister lives in Whitefield, so I'm still coming to Bangalore. It is a very young city, and that is an endearing aspect.