RRR Director SS Rajamouli Interview on Chatter Awards Podcast – The Hollywood Reporter
SS Rajamoulithe guest on this episode of The Hollywood Reporterand Chatter Awards podcast, is a filmmaker from India who has a consistent track record of critical and commercial success in Telugu language cinema that one might call the James Cameron from Tollywood.
Explained by The New Yorker as “an artist of special temperament and talent,” by the New York Times as a filmmaker with “a penchant for over-the-top action and imaginative set pieces, many based on dynamic special effects and choreography” and with the Los Angeles Times as a “master of scenery” and “one of his country’s leading powerhouse filmmakers,” he is the winner of three National Film Awards, India’s equivalent of the Oscars, and is the highest-paid director highest in India – mainly because of three of his Oscars. films are among the top five in the history of Indian cinema, and each, when made, was also a most expensive Indian film of all time: 2015’s Baahubali: The Beginning2017 at Baahubali 2: The Conclusion and 2022 RRR.
RRR, Rajamouli’s 12th feature, is a period musical that is also an action, romance and thriller film. And the film is his biggest international success yet. On a budget of $72 million, it grossed $175 million at the global box office, making it the third-highest-grossing film of all time in India and the fourth-highest-grossing Indian film in the world—and it has to reach unknown numbers of additional people. through Netflix, leading to such brothers Anthony Russo and Joseph Russo, James Guinn, Sam Raimi and Jason Blum are becoming vocal fans of the film and its amazing song and dance number “Naatu Naatu”.
US based award bodies have also accepted it to a greater extent than any other Indian film. The National Board of Review chose it as one of the top 10 films of 2022. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association awarded it best music/score, and the New York Film Critics Circle chose Rajamouli as best director of -year. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Song at the Golden Globe Awards, winning the latter, and the Critics Choice Awards nominated it for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Picture best foreign language and best original song Critics Choice Awards, the latter. two of which he won.
RRR is now set to make a dent in Oscar nominations as well – not in the best international feature category, for which India surprisingly missed out, but perhaps in the original song categories best, for which “Naatu Naatu” is among 15 finalists, and possibly best director and best picture as well.
During a conversation at Ross House in Mount Olympus, during a screening of RRR taking place in a nearby screening room, 49-year-old Rajamouli reflects on a range of topics.
He describes what it was like growing up in a family of filmmakers who experienced ups and downs and how he broke into the industry and made a name for himself, especially by making films that were able to overcome the different regions of India, languages and cultures.
And it explains why, after earning India’s highest grossing film of all time, Baahubali 2: The Conclusionwhen he could have done almost anything, he then wanted to make a film that would pair two of India’s biggest stars in the roles of two of India’s biggest heroes. – India. RRR.
And he tells what he made of the best international feature in the film Oscar snub at home and great reception around the world.