Rana Daggubati has fantastic screen presence: Ram Gopal Varma

Mumbai: After his impressive performance in Rohan Sippy`s `Dum Maaro Dum`, Rana Daggubati has bagged the lead role in Ram Gopal Varma`s next big project `Department`.

The ace filmmaker decided to cast Rana in the role after watching his performance as DJ Jaki in `DMD`. Abhishek Bachchan was to portray the character but he dropped out of the RGV project because of date issues.

"I found Rana to have a fantastic screen presence and after seeing him in DMD I felt that if he is cast in the right role his performance can be greatly highlighted. His role in Department needs a combination of screen presence and intensity which I think Rana has in abundance," Varma said.

Rana will play the role of a cop in the movie, which also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Kangna Ranaut and Sanjay Dutt. Varma is confident that Rana will add intensity to his role.