RRR StarRam Charan Believe SS Rajamouli’s action superstar is a watershed moment for Indian cinema. The country’s film industry is currently divided by language and region, such as Bollywood (Hindi cinema) or Telugu cinema (Telugu language cinema). But Charan hopes that the global success of RRR (short for “Rise Roar Revolt”) will blur the lines for the Indian film industry moving forward.
“During the promotion of
RRR, the lines of imaginary blurred. Not only were we promoting RRR and also promoting the feeling of having a film industry called Indian Film Industry. I can tell you this is actually happening in India,” Charan told The Hollywood Reporter .
inside1920 Set in an action epic, Charan plays Alluri Sitarama Raju, a revolutionary leader who uses his position as a mole in the Indian Imperial Police to eventually arm his homeland against British India. While
RRR exhilarating action flicks and infectious cabaret acts, such as the Oscar-nominated “Naatu Naatu,” have won audiences around the world, Charan believes it’s The movie’s resonance can be boiled down to one simple element.
“Movies themselves have a unique way of transcending countries and languages. So
RRR just to show that movies only have one language , that’s emotion,” Charan said.
In a recent conversation with
THR, Charan also discussed the most challenging days of the three-year shoot, And his hopes of stepping into American blockbuster franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Mission: Impossible.
Then when did you realize that
Popular in the US?
I saw a few posts from the
RRR team video. They have private screenings for selected media professionals. Of course, we’ve seen this kind of reaction in India, and that’s to be expected, but this kind of appreciation from the West is beautiful. We all admire your films and it was so special to see it all.
I’ve never seen an American dance at a movie screening before. It must be shocking to see your moves being imitated all over the world.
You are so right. Movies are not a language and a culture. Cinema itself has a unique way of transcending countries and languages. Japan’s response was equally astonishing. So
RRR just shows that movies have only one language, and that is emotion.
Ramcharan RRR Courtesy of Variance Films
Your introduction Unbelievable because Raju is a one-man wrecking team. What was the highlight of filming this segment?
The highlight is the amount of rehearsals the whole team did for
arrive000 A few days before the shoot. We have 5, arrive10, People were shot one day and no one was hurt. Not a single scratch. This shows you the kind of intense rehearsal that goes on in it. Thanks to our stuntmen, our [fight director] Mr. Solomon and thousands of people.
So you have been filming for more than three years 95 days of movies, but how much prep is needed in those 65 Was there any before shooting?
In the beginning, we just had workshops, but rehearsals are why filming took three years. We had to rehearse every episode on the road, but we couldn’t rehearse everything. So not everything was originally planned. We planned as we shot, which is why it took us so long to shoot over three years. Of course, COVID has taken us eight months, but putting aside that time, it’s still a long time.
Sounds like Raju’s introduction went well, but did you end up getting hurt?
I know it sounds [crazy], but I didn’t get any scratches during the shoot. I literally tore my ligament during rehearsal, which put me out of shooting for three and a half months. So it’s been a horrible three months of recovery, but I’m fine now. After I recovered, I shot the “Naatu Naatu”
You know NTR (NT Rama Rao Jr.) in RRR
Absolutely. We know each 30 Over the years as co-stars and friends from the same community and industry. We actually only became close two or three years ago
RRR, but that’s when we became really good friends. I think Mr. Rajamouli saw the camaraderie and friendship between us and wanted to show that in the movie. I heard that he saw our friendship and bonds in real life, so he voted for us.
I believe both of you also come from rival acting families. Does Rajamouli want the real-life rivalry to affect the on-screen rivalry as well?
Now think about it, yeah. perhaps. why not? I don’t see any reason to think otherwise, but Mr. Rajamouli
also wanted to share our very real connection when we are not rivals off the screen in the scene. I was always worried that there would be a rivalry about who would do better and all, but there was never a professional rivalry between us. We’re comfortable, and our well-written stories and characters make us feel comfortable in our own space. So it’s not about competing with each other; it’s about the story and the vision of Mr. Rajamouli . If it wasn’t for Rajamouli, I don’t think we would have been as comfortable making this movie. He really knows how to balance everything, not only from a filmmaking perspective, but also from the expectations of fans. So, the so-called competition has never been a problem.
What was your most exciting day on set?
Is there a more physically challenging sequence than Raju’s introduction?
“Naatu Naatu” was the last sequence we shot and we’ve put three years of our lives into it this movie. So the last day of “Naatu Naatu” is the happiest day. We were relieved that the movie was over and we could move on, but at the same time, it dawned on us that we weren’t going to see each other for a long time. We started filming in .
I personally think it was when Raju learned the truth and became a deadly enemy with Bheem (NTR). It was the time when the tigers and beasts came out. We filmed 15 Two night season because when we started, Covid hit. So in 30 days later, we had to pause that episode and somehow keep fit. Mr. Rajamouli has called us weekly during the pandemic to check on our fit, weight and physique. So the prep work for that episode was the hardest.
And in terms of acting, that episode was pretty intense. There is so much emotion behind this action. It has multiple layers, and the entire movie is designed around it. In the script stage, that episode is written first and everything around it is added later. But what I love most about each episode is that Mr. Rajamouli always provides a huge buffer for emotion. It keeps you interested and invested in the action, otherwise, it’s just two guys at each other.
Your character has to hurt his own people in order to ultimately help them. Psychologically, it must have been a difficult place to live.
Yeah, when I read the script, there was definitely a very gray side to him, But sometimes it’s also pitch black. So I do have questions about how we strike a balance between him temporarily being the antagonist instead of the protagonist, and how he’s been repressing most of his feelings for the people he loves. So not only is he one of the best characters I’ve ever played; he’s also one of the best characters I’ve ever seen.
Indian cinema has many different industries or branches specified by language and region, eg Bollywood and Tollywood. Do you really want it to be called just an Indian movie?
Who are you70 The percentage is correct. During the promotion of
RRR, the lines of imaginary blurred. We are promoting not only RRR but what it is like to have a film industry called Indian Film Industry. I can tell you this is actually happening in India. There is so much culture and talent in Indian cinema, this next great era starts with RRR propaganda.
So why do you think India chose to choose another film for Best International Feature Film nomination First Academy Awards? Are you shocked by that
decision ? [Author’s note: This interview took place before the Oscar nominations were announced. ]
No, I’m not surprised another movie got picked, but we’re a little disappointed that we didn’t get picked . I really don’t understand the selection process. Before this, I didn’t know how it was done, so I don’t know if I can really comment on it. Whoever made the selection, I’m sure they’ve been involved for a number of years, and I believe [
Last Film Show] is a great movie. I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but anyway, I hope it’s off to a great start for us. We couldn’t be happier with the response from the West, East and India, all these nominations and awards are absolutely fantastic. They are feathers in our hats and I hope we have better things to look forward to in the future.
Well, I’m confident
RRR will be available in the US and Create more intersections between Indian films.
I’d love to see that.
Which American filmmaker would you jump at the opportunity to work with in that situation?
Quentin Tarantino. He is my favorite. I love him. He is eccentric. He’s out of the box and I just love him. I grew up watching his movies.
Are you a Christopher Nolan guy?
certainly! He is very important in our film industry.
As an actor, is there any American movie that attracts you the most?
Of course, Marvel is the biggest franchise in the world and I’m a huge Tony Stark fan. It’s a huge franchise in India that young people follow these Marvel stories so closely.
The Mission: Impossible franchise is another big one for me.
There is a moment in RRR
you let I was reminded of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, so you got my vote for the next Wolverine.
Wow, thank you so much! It means a lot.
When I finish first
RRR , I said to myself, “Man, these guys must think American blockbusters are boring by comparison.” Do they still excite you?
they are! When I watched
Top Gun: Maverick, I burst into tears, which is rare in China. In the theater, you sometimes have mob reactions. When others feel the same, you feel the same. But sitting at home and watching Maverick , how they bring back the old and the new, is beautiful. It’s the perfect combination of the script itself, and it brought tears to my eyes during the last episode of Jets with Tom Cruise and Myers Steller. Spectacle isn’t just about watching all the jet-setting; it’s the emotion behind it all. My wife looked at me and said, “You know you’re crying?” ( laughing.) So it was emotional stuff. That movie shows that you guys still have it and are rocking it. absolute.
so Rajamouli has been talking about a potential sequel to *) RRR
. Do you want it to happen?
I think he talks about it to the media more than us. (
laugh.) He hasn’t brought it up to us yet, but I’m really looking forward to it RRRsequel. why not? It has great characters and I think Mr. Rajamouli will crack it again.