SS Rajamouli at ‘RRR’ Hindi success party: A film needs strong emotions to have the audience’s hearts invested in it – Times of India

S S Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’ starring Jr NTR and Ram Charan is inching towards Rs 1000 crore at the box office. The film team is currently celebrating the success of the Hindi version of the film in the city. Talking about the film, the filmmaker said, “Our film was delayed on multiple occasions due to the pandemic. We were very unsure about the occupancy of the theatres. From the audience side, I had absolutely no doubt that people would come to watch the film when it releases but the doubt was from the health authorities’ side.”

He further added, “Suddenly the governments had given orders to shut theatres completely, then even when they opened it was 25 per cent, 50 per cent, 75 per cent. We didn’t know what was coming when. Those were the anxious moments not just for me and our film, but for so many other films and filmmakers too. Once all the theatres opened, RRR was able to get all the audiences back to the theatres. That is the biggest achievement for me.”

Rajamouli also said, “Visual grandeur is what attracts the audience and catches their attention, it engages their mind but to keep their heart invested in the movie you need strong emotions to run underneath your visuals. It’s important for every larger than life entry sequence and action sequence. Your lead character has to experience humiliation and humbling to establish and flesh out his character, that’s the oldest trick in the book for screenwriters. The lead character needs to have a yearning to accomplish what he/she has set out to do. You have to stretch this plot point for one and half hour and then you show his/her ambition being achieved. That’s what occupies my mind when I design sequences for movies like RRR.”

The Hindi version of the flick has collected Rs 196 crore at the box office while the overall collection of the film is more than Rs 700-750 crore nett.

Meanwhile, the film also stars Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn in pivotal roles. It was released on March 25, this year.


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