RRR will be bigger than Baahubali: SS Rajamouli
Ahead of the release, SS Rajamouli, Jr NTR and Ram Charan talk about what went into the making of RRR, shooting in Ukraine, and more
Movie buffs across the country have been waiting too long for the release of SS Rajamouli’s RRR (Roudram Ranam Rudhiram). The film was originally scheduled to hit the screens on June 30, 2020, but it was delayed multiple times due to the pandemic. The period drama is finally be released on March 25 on 6000 screens.
Interestingly, a portion of RRR was filmed in war-torn Ukraine. Rajamouli and his lead actors Jr NTR and Ram Charan are in constant touch with their friends over there and are hoping that peace will be restored soon.
“We had a great time filming Naatu...Naatu song in Ukraine. We never faced any difficulty shooting in Ukraine and we had absolutely no idea of their political situation. I never saw the war coming. After the war began, NTR, Charan and I spoke to our friends in Ukraine to know about their well-being. I am feeling distressed seeing the plight of Ukrainians and I am hoping that the war ends soon,” avers Rajamouli
NTR revealed that the people of Ukraine were amicable and welcoming. "Ukrainians, especially the dancers, who worked with us in RRR, were so friendly and warm. They had the enthusiasm to learn new things. Although the dance movements in Naatu...Naatu were more in our style, the dancers learnt it quickly with great interest and danced to perfection. I was quite fond of their food, culture and professionalism," says NTR.
Ram Charan stated that he had reached out to his security in charge in Ukraine after the war broke out. “I spoke to my security personnel in Ukraine and understood that his father, at 80, is holding a gun and serving the Ukrainian Army. I realised that the least I could do is lend a helping hand. I am hoping that the situation returns to normalcy soon," says Charan.
Ram Charan and NTR shower each other with words of praise during the interaction. "Tarak was always energetic on the sets. I was surprised with the amount of dedication he exhibits during the shoot," says Charan. NTR was more than gracious to return the favour by saying, "Ram Charan is a great human. I am lucky to have him as my close friend."
The Janatha Garage actor believes that RRR will become a trendsetter for more multi-starrer films in Telugu. “Gone are the days our directors would think of balancing the screen time or the image of two actors. I believe that there are no such notions and what everyone wants to see is a good film,” explains NTR.
Terming that RRR is not a biopic of revolutionary freedom fighters Alluri Seetharama Raju and Komaram Bheem, Rajamouli shares, “RRR cannot be construed as a real story. It’s a dramatised version of a fictitious story. Both NTR and Charan followed the script rather than prodding over history. Usually, I don’t predict the outcome of my films, but I am confident that RRR will be bigger than Baahubali.”
The maverick director agrees that pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns have certainly disrupted their plans and also made film shootings more expensive. “The three waves of the pandemic have certainly delayed the proceedings and it was really disappointing. However, we took these opportunities to fine-tune the script and concentrate on the post-production. After the third wave, we have improvised the 3D version and I am excited that the audience will get to see NTR and Charan in a new format,” opines Rajamouli.
Asked if there would be a sequel to RRR, Rajamouli says, "There won't be a sequel to RRR and I have no plans to make it a franchise.”
Produced by DVV Danayya, RRR also features Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Samuthirakani, and Alia Bhatt in prominent roles.