RRR: An Overlooked Blockbuster


Article by Arnab Karmokar, Writer

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RRR (2022), directed by S.S. Rajamouli, has created a worldwide sensation, breaking box office records and receiving positive reviews. It is set in British-ruled India in the 1920s and features fictionalized versions of two real-life Indian revolutionaries: Komaram Bheem, played by N.T. Rama Rao Jr., and A. Rama Raju, played by Ram Charan. Bheem is a tribal leader from the Gond community who travels to Delhi to save a captive girl with a beautiful voice, while Raju is a British police officer with a violent streak who is tasked with finding Bheem. 

Despite their differing backgrounds and goals, the two men meet and form a friendship after a train crash and the rescue of a boy. In a series of action-packed and dance-filled scenes, they eventually join forces to defeat their British oppressors.

Over the last two years, Rajamouli, who has been compared to James Cameron, has emerged as a leader in epic filmmaking in India. While Indian cinema is frequently associated with Bollywood in the West, India has a diverse film audience that is divided into linguistic and cultural groups. Rajamouli, from the Telugu film industry (also known as Tollywood), is one of the few Indian filmmakers who has created a blockbuster with pan-Indian appeal. According to Box Office Mojo, Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) is the second highest-grossing Indian film, earning $254 million.

RRR was a massive project, with a reported budget of more than $73 million according to Variety, making it India’s most expensive film to date. The film, which took two years to complete, features elaborate sets, stunning visual effects, and breathtaking action sequences that have wowed audiences all over the world.

Grossing nearly $150 million worldwide, RRR has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its powerful message of hope and perseverance in the face of adversity, as well as themes of unity, courage, and the struggle for freedom.

RRR has also received acknowledgment from Hollywood. James Cameron, the director of the recent globally successful film Avatar: The Way of Water, praised Rajamouli’s film and expressed interest in working with him, saying, “if you ever want to make a movie over here [in Hollywood], let’s talk.” This demonstrates RRR‘s impact and influence not only in India, but also around the world.

In January, M.M. Keeravani, RRR‘s music director, won the award for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes for the film’s energetic dance number “Naatu Naatu,”beating out world-famous music artists Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and others. It was a historic win for India, as it was the first time an Indian film had won an award at the ceremony. “Naatu Naatu” is also a nominee for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards. 

Despite critical acclaim and box office success, RRR has been in some ways overlooked, and in many cases, underappreciated. This can occur due to cultural differences, language barriers, or a lack of exposure. It is important to note, however, that what is overlooked by some may be widely celebrated and appreciated by others. In the case of RRR, the film has received praise from both Indian and Western audiences and filmmakers, establishing its significance in the global film industry. Nonetheless, it is critical to continue to promote diversity and representation in entertainment media in order to ensure that all voices and perspectives are heard and valued.

RRR is a film that will appeal to audiences looking for something new and impactful. Its phenomenal success is a testament to its director, S.S. Rajamouli, as well as the exceptional cast and crew who brought the film to life. The film’s captivating story, stunning visuals, and powerful performances make it a must-see that will leave audiences with a lasting impression.