‘Baahubali’ fame S S Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ which was initially scheduled for theatrical release in July 2020, deferred multiple times due to various reasons including the COVID-19 pandemic, is finally releasing theatrically on 25 March 2022.
So, is RRR worth all the wait and the hype around it? Read on to find out.
Occasionally we get a film that we long to watch. Specially for all the Rajamouli and ‘Baahubali’ fans who were waiting with bated breath and expecting something extraordinary will not be disappointed. Like Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion made the audience wait for 2 years with a big question – Katappa ne Baahubali ko kyon mara; there is a question this time around too – what exactly is RRR?!
The RRR premise
Rajamouli’s RRR featuring Ram Charan and Jr NTR is about friendship, patriotism, love and dedication. Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Jr NTR) become thick friends after saving (in a very thrilling sequence) a young boy from drowning. What follows is how their friendship grows from just being friends to dying for each other. Ram and Bheem, both have their pasts and an agenda in life which gets intertwined as the story moves to the next level. How they succeed in achieving their goals after fighting their internal and external demons forms the later part of the narrative. Revealing more might spoil the excitement and thrill.
The first R
Rajamouli has this penchant of offering you a narrative in the most extraordinary form. A sample of this is the introductory sequences for Ram Charan and Jr NTR. While Ram Charan single handedly steps out in the agitated crowd of hundreds to catch hold of one person to prove himself in the British army. On the other hand, Jr NTR’s sequence of running across the wilds, fighting a tiger and coming face-to-face (literally!) is awe inspiring. Rajamouli’s style of presenting the story is larger than life and packed with unexpected visual and emotional surprises. Checkout this scene where animals attacking the Britishers is showcased in the most unexpected manner & style.
The second R
Ram Charan as Alluri Sitarama Raju steals the show with his expressions and actions. His expressions in the friendship sequences and that in action are both amazing. His character showcases three different facets of his being – the British officer, Bheem’s friend and the patriotic self.
The third R
Rama Rao i.e. Jr NTR as Komaram Bheem pulls you towards him with his emotional demenour, performance and characterization. Every time you see him onscreen you feel for him. NTR exudes life in expressing his love for his people and friendship with Ram. Don’t miss the romantic comedy sequence with subtle humour where you get drawn and want the girl to fall for Bheem.
The Nacho Nacho / Naatu Naatu song
One word to describe the Nacho Nacho / Naatu Naatu song is – electrifying! Prem Rakshith, the choreographer of the nacho song has created an extraordinary dance piece that just does not treat itself as a song and dance element but also infuses energy, challenge and helps in taking the narrative to the next level. Both Ram Charan and Jr NTR have performed this dance sequence with great agility and finesse. They must have put their heart ‘n’ soul into this one song like no other. I’m sure, they must have practiced the entire dance with so many hook steps for hours and days to get it not just right but synchronised too. Awesome!
Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Alia Bhatt
All the three actors – Ajay, Shriya & Alia are polished and give able support in their pivotal cameos. Ajay Devgn & Shriya Saran play Ram’s parents with Ajay’s character proving to be the soul of Ram’s narrative and his purpose in life, while Alia Bhatt plays Ram’s childhood buddy & love interest Sita with limited scope to display her acting prowess.
Special mention for Olivia Morris, who plays Jennifer opposite Bheem, looks absolutely pretty and plays her part with great sincerity and fits the character to the ‘T’.
Reasons why you should watch RRR (and that too in a theatre)
- It is a Rajamouli film
- The plot is unique and thrilling
- Ram Charan & Jr NTR’s performances
- The cinematography and overall visual presentation
- And of-course the Nacho Nacho song
Audiences have different takes and interpretations of every story / movie. With the Rajamouli brand of cinema, don’t think too hard, just experience what he has dreamt and cherish until his next.
Director: S S Rajamouli
Cast: Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Shriya Saran, Olivia Morris, Samuthirakani, Alison Doody, Ray Stevenson