There is no doubt that SS Rajamouli’s RRR is one of the most talked-about films of 2022. Not only in India but the film also found wide acclaim in the West with cine fans and Hollywood performers including prominent personalities all joining the chorus to applaud praise. the film partly because of its action, direction and performances. And while the film has been appreciated around the world, it has annoyed some in the UK about its portrayal of Britons as the villains.
Now SS Rajamouli has responded to claims that he would portray the British as villains in his blockbuster RRR, starring Ram Charan and Jr NTR. SS Rajamouli noted that RRR found success in Britain even after the aforementioned claims, adding that it was because the British saw it as a story and not a history lesson.
According to a report in The Switzerland Times, SS Rajamouli said during a question-and-answer session after the RRR screening in the US: “At the beginning of the film you see the disclaimer card. Even if you miss it, it is not a history lesson. It is a story. The audience generally understands. When a Brit plays the villain, they understand that I’m not saying all Brits are villains. If my heroes are Indians, they understand that all Indians are heroes.” The filmmaker added: “In this film, a certain man is a villain and a certain man is a hero. They automatically understand. They may not have knowledge of everything, but their emotional intelligence is very high. Once we understand that as a storyteller, we don’t have to worry about other peripheral issues.”
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SS Rajamouli’s RRR, who was in the running to be chosen as India’s official entry for the Oscars 2023, lost the nomination for Pan Nalin’s Gujarati film Chhello Show. However, all is not lost. Variance Films, the US distributor for RRR, has invited the Academy to consider the period action film in all categories for Oscars 2023. The US distributor has decided to launch a full campaign for SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus, which will see the 10,000 members of the Academy is considering voting for Telugu film in all categories.
According to a report in Variety, RRR will be submitted in the following categories: Best Picture, Director (SS Rajamouli), Original Screenplay (Rajamouli and V. Vijayendra Prasad), Lead Actor (for both Jr NTR and Ram Charan), Supporting Actor (Ajay Devgn ), Supporting Actress (Alia Bhatt), Original Song (Naatu Naatu), Original Score (MM Keeravaani), Cinematography, Production Design, Film Editing, Costume Design, Makeup and Hair Styling, and Sound and Visual Effects.
As far as work goes, the filmmaker’s next project will be an action-adventure led by Mahesh Babu.