Rana Daggubati in Baahubali
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Actor Rana Daggubati, who is playing the villain's role in "Baahubali 2," spilled the beans on his preparation for his character and production of the SS Rajamouli-directed mega-budget movie.

Rana Daggubati says he looks more powerful than Prabhas in "Baahubali 2" and he is leaving no stone unturned to build his physique for his role. "I should be bigger than Prabhas... that's how the character was written. I eat every two hours. So, there are one or two carb meals that I have, and I load myself with protein the rest of the time," the actor said in an interview with the Times of India.

The actor says he is working with better trainers and dieticians to have a chiselled body for "Baahubali 2." "I train for about two-and-half hours (with weights) and I rehearse for about four hours. I now have more understanding of my body than I did when I began training for the sequel. I am working with much better trainers and dieticians," Rana added.

Recently, Rana Daggubati underwent treatment for his injured wrist. "If you remember my weapon in the first part, it is not very well-balanced. It was operated like a sword...one had to twirl it. So, while twirling it, I tore a muscle near my wrist. I am doing physiotherapy now, but I have to get back to shoot," he said, when quizzed about the injury.

Rana Daggubati says "Baahubali 2" will be more dramatic in terms of visuals than its first part. There was a limit on budget of the first part, as the team was sceptical about its prospects. But the huge success of the first instalment has given them confidence. 

"We have roped in a stunt crew from the US, that has worked on films like X Men. We had fighters who were part of films like Troy and 300. One thing that I can promise is that Baahubali 2 will make the first part look like a very small film. Whether it the action, drama or songs, it will be visually far more arresting than what you've seen before," Rana Daggubati said.