Tuesday, May 28, 2024

RRR and its impact on Indian cinema

Shubhi Agrawal

An epic action blockbuster, RRR takes you back to days when India was struggling to have “Swaraj”, that is, to attain independence from British colonial rule. SS Rajamouli’s RRR revolves around two protagonists – A. Ramaraju, played by Ram Charan, and Komaram Bheem, played by N.T. Rama Rao Jr., who have different goals but are united in their struggle to fight for independence at any cost possible.

During India’s fight for independence, both A. Ramaraju (Alluri Sitarama Raju) and Komaram Bheem were important revolutionaries. Although historically, these two characters never met each other in real life, in Rajamouli’s Telugu blockbuster, they are shown to be closer than real brothers due to their matching behavioral traits, and another obvious reason was to fight endlessly to regain freedom for their people against colonial rule. 

Raju and Bheem are poles apart but still very close. Although initially neither of them knew the intentions of the other regarding or against the British, the fight for independence eventually united them. While Raju is similar to the “R” in fire, which is hot-blooded and fierce, Bheem is to be compared to the “R” in water, which is soft and calm. In the movie, the characters meet in Delhi in the 1920s, but for different reasons. 

Ramaraju works under the colonial government as a police officer in Delhi and is often disregarded for his color. Bheem, on the other hand, is portrayed as a member of the Gond tribe whose reason for coming to Delhi is to rescue a girl named Malli, who was held captive by the Britishers. The movie has a common goal but different motivations and points of view, which you can see in the great chemistry between Ram Charan and Jr. NTR. 

Throughout the movie, you will be spellbound by Ram’s muscles and fights, and to balance that, NTR will bring the emotional aspect of the movie to you. RRR is the perfect blend of action and thrills. Adding to that, the bonding between these beautifully shown characters is better highlighted in the song Naatu Naatu which ultimately gets you grooving. 

Speaking of the characters, Alia Bhatt is seen in the movie during her short cameo, and she does not have much to offer in the movie. However, Ajay Devgan’s character is going to captivate you for sure. Governor Scott (Ray Stevenson) and Catherine (Alison) are two of the supporting characters who are shown to be cruel enemies. Then, you will acknowledge Jennifer (Olivia Morris), who is going to remind you more of Elizabeth from Lagaan. She helps Bheem with his purpose.

How and why has RRR received such international popularity?

RRR has not only been a blockbuster in the Indian film industry, but it has gained immense popularity worldwide. Ram Charan and Jr. NTR had even promoted their film in Japan along with SS Rajamouli, but that was hardly required for the movie to break all records at the box office. The perfect combination of action, thrill, emotion, and comedy in the film has ended up making it worth watching for everyone. The visual spectacle of the film is something different from what viewers usually expect from a film. 

The makers of RRR have not indulged themselves in wasting their time by building an overly complicated plot; it is just that one thing unfolds after another perfectly and beautifully in the film, and then the backstories of the characters are revealed to you eventually. A constant comparison of the characters to fire and water is made, and that adds glory to the film. The cinematography of the movie, with its amazing fight sequences gives a jaw-dropping visual. Well, the credit for that goes to KK Senthil Kumar, and the shots in slow motion are next level. 

Even though the film runs for as long as 3 hours, not a single second of the movie makes you feel as if you are bored or if the movie is being dragged. The magnificent aura of the movie is one of the major contributors to the success of the film worldwide. Not to miss, the performance given by Jr. NTR and Ram Charan, which is widely loved by people all over the world. The song Naatu Naatu has won an award at the Golden Globes and is no less of a reason to appreciate the movie even more.

How will RRR winning an award at the Golden Globes impact Indian cinema?

SS Rajamouli’s RRR being nominated as the “Best Non-English Language Film” at the Golden Globes Awards is an unmatchable achievement for the Indian film industry. On top of that, the most famous song of the movie RRR, “Naatu Naatu” has bagged the award for “Best Original Song”. The unapologetic heroism and unexpected visual spectacle of the film have taken it to a whole new level and led to the success of the film. 

RRR’s international success paves the way for the Indian film industry to gather laurels and fame on international platforms. It would not only encourage Indian film actors to perform better and receive their due acknowledgment from international stars, but it would also mean that the Hollywood press will now be giving more respect and attention to films being produced by the Indian film industry and producers in all the languages along with Hindi. Now, films produced in Tamil or Telugu will also be better appreciated worldwide. 

With RRR winning at the Golden Globe Awards, the Indian film industry will get a good boost, especially the Telugu film industry, which has hardly gotten the recognition and appreciation that it deserves. In the past two decades, it was considered no less than a miracle for a Bollywood film to get an international award, but with RRR’s success and victory, the tables have turned altogether for the Indian film industry.

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