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The Telugu language Indian action epic “RRR” (short for “Rise Roar Revolt”) has returned to US theaters for an exceptional one-night-only engagement on June 1st following its initial theatrical release. Some hindsight has made it easy to guess why writer/director S.S. Rajamouli has only now broken through to Western audiences with “RRR” despite his consistent box office success. Rajamouli’s latest is an anti-colonial fable and buddy drama about the imaginary combo of two real-life freedom fighters, Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) and Alluri Sitarama Raju ( Ram Charan ). “RRR” is also a fine showcase for Rajamouli’s characteristic focus on maximalist action choreography, overwhelming stuntwork and pyrotechnics, and sophisticated computer graphics.  

By the time he made “RRR,” Rajamouli had already developed his brand of Nationalistic self-mythologizing with some help from recurring collaborators like regular story writer (and biological father) Vijayendra Prasad and both co-leads, who previously starred in Rajamouli’s “Yamadonga” and “Magadheera,” respectively.

Set in and around Delhi in 1920, “RRR” pointedly lacks historical context so that Rajamouli and his team can transform a straight-forward rescue mission into a rallying cry for reunification and also cathartic violence. Bheem, the avenging “shepherd” of the Adivasian Gond tribe, visits Delhi to track down Malli ( Twinkle Sharma ), an innocent pre-teen who’s kidnapped from her Gondian mother by the cartoonishly evil British Governor Scott ( Ray Stevenson ) and his sadistic wife Cathy ( Alison Doody ).

Raju, a peerless Colonial police officer, befriends Bheem without realizing that they’re at cross purposes: Bheem wants to break into Scott’s fortress-like quarters to rescue Maali while Raju wants to catch the unknown “tribal” that Scott’s lackey Edward ( Edward Sonnenblick ) fears might be lurking about. Raju and Bheem immediately bond after they save an unrelated child from being crushed by a runaway train, as clear a sign as any of Rajamouli’s love for Cecil B. DeMille-style melodrama. (“Ben Hur” is an acknowledged influence for Rajamouli, as are the action/period dramas of fellow DeMille-ian Mel Gibson ).

It’s also fitting that “RRR” is Rajamouli’s big breakthrough since it's inevitably about Bheem as an inspiring symbol of quasi-traditional, boundary-trampling patriotism. Rajamouli has gotten quite good at incorporating potentially alienating elements, like his cheap-seats love of grisly violence and brash sloganeering, into his propulsive, inventive, and visually assured fight scenes and dance numbers.

Rajamouli has also already perfected the way he works with and uses his actors as part of his shock-and-awe style of melodrama. Rama Rao is ideally cast as the naively sweet-natured Bheem, whose messianic qualities are also effectively high-lit in a handful of rousing set pieces, like when a bare-chested Bheem wrestles a tiger into submission. Rama Rao’s performance isn’t the main thing, but it is the emblematic inspiration that, along with a “Passion of the Christ”-worthy scourging, understandably leads an assembly of Indian nationals to attack Scott and his bloodthirsty hambone wife in a later scene.

Likewise, Charan’s steely-eyed performance in “RRR” is limited, but strong enough to be credibly superhuman. Rajamouli knows exactly how to capture his best sides, as in an astounding opening action scene where Raju descends into a rioting mob just to subdue and apprehend one particular dissident. Rao and Charan’s bro-mantic chemistry and syncopated physicality have already made a viral success of the movie’s splashy “Naatu Naatu” musical number, but that scene’s infectiously joyful presentation is supra-human by design.

The spirit of the individual matters more than any single person in Rajamouli’s movies and “RRR” is a perfect expression of that notion. It’s also a decent reflection of Rajamouli’s fame, which Film Companion South ’s Sagar Tetali keenly suggests is “the triumph of directorial ambition over the actor-star—the triumph of a brand of storytelling over the South Indian star image.”

With “RRR,” Rajamouli repeats his preference for one nation under populist ubermenschen. Both Bheem and Raju are extraordinary men because they are, at heart, aspirational expressions of the people’s will. Their lives, their loved ones, and their relationships are all of secondary importance—check out Bollywood star Ajay Devgn ’s explosive cameo!—so it makes sense that the cast’s images and performances are also blown up to James Cameron-sized proportions.

Like Cameron, Rajamouli has earned a reputation for pushing the limits of industrialized pop cinema. In that sense, “RRR” feels simultaneously personal and gargantuan in scope. Film Comment ’s R. Emmet Sweeney is right to caution viewers regarding the towering streak of “Hindu-centric” Nationalism and characterizations at the heart of Rajamouli’s “Pan-Indian address.” Sweeney is also right to hail Rajamouli’s dazzling “technical innovation.” It’s not every day that a new Indian movie—which are typically not advertised to Western viewers beyond indigenous language speakers, and therefore largely ignored by Western outlets—is presented as an event to American theatergoers. Attend or miss out.

Available in theaters tonight, June 1st, and also streaming on Netflix.

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N.T. Rama Rao Jr. as Komaram Bheem

Ram Charan as Alluri Sitarama Raju

Alia Bhatt as Sita

Ajay Devgn as Venkata Rama Raju

Ray Stevenson as Scott Buxton

Alison Doody as Cassandra Buxton

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Samuthirakani as Venkateshwarulu

Shriya Saran as Sarojini

Chatrapathi Sekhar as Jangu

Makrand Deshpande as Peddanna

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It’s not long in “RRR” before a tiger and a wolf collide midair during a brawl with one of the film’s two musclebound heroes. Scenes of glorious excess make the screen hum with energy in the latest feature from S.S. Rajamouli, the director of the “Baahubali” blockbusters.

Set in 1920s India before independence, “RRR” pairs two of the country’s biggest stars, N.T. Rama Rao Jr. (known as “Jr. NTR”) and Ram Charan, as superfriends from either side of a bloody colonial divide. A goofily gallant Jr. NTR plays Bheem, a warrior from the Gond tribe, while Charan smolders as Ram, a fearsome police officer who is underestimated by his white superiors. (The characters are inspired by two rebel heroes from the era, Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitarama Raju.)

Bheem journeys to Delhi to rescue a Gond girl enslaved by the British governor and his wife, a couple of sadists. Ram has orders to identify and capture Bheem by going undercover with revolutionaries. Instead, the men unwittingly make fast friends when they save a child stranded on a river that’s on fire. (As one does.)

But their missions get inevitably entangled, and Rajamouli (who collaborated on the story with his screenwriter father, Vijayendra Prasad), stirs in an aw-shucks courtship between Bheem and the governor’s not-racist niece (Olivia Morris).

Rajamouli shoots the film’s action with hallucinogenic fervor, supercharging scenes with a shimmering brand of extended slow-motion and C.G.I. that feels less “generated” than unleashed. Here-to-there plot filler in “RRR” is instantly forgiven with each wild set-piece: Ram furiously tunneling through a hundred-strong mob outside his garrison, or the rumbling dance-off (the “Naatu Naatu” musical number) where Bheem and Ram giddily exhaust the British cads and delight the ladies.

The rousing anticolonialist battle royal concludes with one final fist-pump: an end-credit song celebrating political figures from across India.

RRR Rated PG-13 for violent sequences, some intense language and general mayhem. With subtitles. Running time: 3 hours 7 minutes. In theaters.

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Ram Charan stars in RRR, an action-packed bromance set in India in the 1920s.

If you're over the age of, say, 40, you will surely remember the 1975 cult phenomenon The Rocky Horror Picture Show . Weekend after weekend, year after year, decade after decade, audiences turned up at theaters — often dressed in corsets, fishnets and other costumes — to shriek out lines ahead of the characters and sing along with the songs.

I've never seen anything like it — until now. A few nights ago, I went to a packed screening of RRR , an epic action-picture bromance from India. The screening had 900 people — some of whom had already seen the film 10 times — clapping and dancing from the opening credits.

Made by box-office titan S.S. Rajamouli, RRR induces such unabashed giddiness in its audience that Hollywood is witnessing a push to get it nominated for the Oscars. Forget Best International Feature Film, folks are talking Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor. And having seen RRR twice myself, I'm part of the bandwagon.

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Set during the British Raj in the 1920s, the movie tells the story of two heroes with impressive physiques and super-charged abilities. The tightly wound Ram — played by Ram Charan — works for the British as a crack military officer who we see quash a mass Indian uprising single-handed. His tiger-hunting counterpart, Bheem, played by N.T. Rama Rao, Jr., is a tribal villager who has come in disguise to Delhi to reclaim a young girl from his village who has been capriciously snatched by the evil wife of the evil British governor.

Ram and Bheem meet heroically while working in tandem to save a child from a train crashing into a river. Kindred in their bravery, they instantly become fast friends. But they don't know one important thing. While Bheem secretly opposes the governor, Ram is secretly working for him. They're bound for a head-on collision.

RRR — the title stands for Rise Roar Revolt — is populist filmmaking. Its emotions are simple, its anti-colonial politics broad. Rajamouli makes the British rulers of India even worse than they actually were, and they were mighty bad. But his mega-star lead actors play their roles with such ardent conviction that we don't merely believe in Ram and Bheem's friendship, we're moved by it. Rajamouli unfolds the many twists and turns of their story with such confidently rampaging energy that, by comparison, most Hollywood blockbusters feel anemic.

I'm normally bored by action sequences, but from the opening riot to the assault on the governor's mansion to the big prison escape — during which Ram rides atop Bheem's shoulders with guns ablazing — RRR contains more exciting action scenes than all the Marvel movies put together. Indeed, there's a slow-motion shot right before the intermission that is one of the most jaw dropping moments in the history of cinema. Just as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix offered American viewers a new vision of action, so RRR possesses a delirious inventiveness and originality that audiences will love. And I haven't even mentioned the marvelous "Naatu Naatu" song-and-dance sequence that recalls the dance-off between the Jets and the Sharks in West Side Story , but is vastly more alive.

You can currently see RRR on Netflix, and it's a good enough movie that you'll enjoy it. But if you can — and I'd urge local theaters to bring it back — you should see it on a big screen. For two reasons. First, Rajamouli is in love with the sheer bigness that makes movies so much grander than TV. Bursting with fights, rescues, wild animals, surging crowds, sadistic monsters, larger-than-life showdowns and mythic transformations, RRR is not a movie that leaves you asking for more.

Indeed, in these days when the box-office is way down, movie chains are wobbling, and experts wonder whether the movies will even survive, RRR makes the case for returning to theaters. It reminds us that movies are always more thrilling when they're part of a collective experience, when you can share the excitement with the people around you. That excitement is electric when you watch RRR . You may well leave the theater humming the catchy tune, "Naatu Naatu."

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S.S. Rajamouli smashes records with his big-screen spectacular 

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Dir/scr: S.S. Rajamouli. India. 2022. 180 mins.

When it comes to spectacle, S.S. Rajamouli delivers. And then some. His latest action-packed audience-pleasing adventure epic  RRR  has smashed numerous box office records and helped revive cinema-going, especially for the domestic market. Riotous good fun from start to finish, RRR , a fictionalised account of two real-life revolutionaries fighting against the British Raj and Nizam of Hyderabad in 1920s India is being deservedly championed for reminding audiences what big screen entertainment is all about. 

Big, bold and bombastic, this is big screen entertainment at its best.

The second most expensive Indian film ever made, with a budget of $72 million (second only to 2018’s 2.0 which came in at $75 million), with the highest opening day collection by an Indian film ($31m), RRR has also just taken the mantel as the fifth highest grossing Indian film of all time (at the time of writing it has taken $99m at the global box office, with $65m of that from its opening weekend, and admissions continue to climb). Yet perhaps  RRR was   a sure thing given Rajamouli’s previous success with his Baahubali films; Baahubali: The Beginning (which took more than $100m globally) and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (which took $254m globally), and his two big star lead actors, N.T. Rama Rao Jr, grandson to Telugu actor politician N.T. Rama Rao, and Ram Charan, both of whom are multi award-winning performers. But what is most remarkable about  RRR , however, is its deeply affecting tone.

N.T. Rama Rao Jr. (aka Jr. NTR) plays the kind-hearted Komaram Bheem, revolutionary of the Gond tribes, while Ram Charan is Alluri Sitarama Raju, who waged armed revolution against British colonial rule. The similarities to their real-life counterparts are slight, with Rajamouli’s epic imagining what might have happened if the pair had met during the undocumented periods in their lives before their fights for India’s independence truly took hold.

The film begins in the Adilabad Forest, with the first ‘R’ accounted for – Sto R y – where a young girl, Malli (Twinkle Sharma) is taken from her mother at the behest of the British governor’s wife, who thinks the young girl’s henna artistry and charming nightingale song would make her an ideal addition to the mantelpiece. This is the narrative act that will later put everything in motion for Bheem.

The second ‘R’ comes from Fi R e, where we are first introduced to Raju (Charan), who will do anything to get a promotion – including a single-handed fight sequence that defies the odds and probably gravity just to prove his indomitable spirit, otherworldly strengths and oddly aligned allegiance to the crown. Set on the outskirts of Delhi, where riots are being led by Lala Lajpat Rai, Raju must do more than just ‘hold the line’ if he wants to get noticed. The action sequence that follows is nothing short of incredible, with Raju emerging as a jaw-dropping physical force to be reckoned with. This chapter also includes what must be the most impressive literal crowd scene (populated by people, not CGI) since Ben Hur.  

Finally – although at less than an hour into the 180-minute epic – the third ‘R’ is revealed – Wate R – which properly introduces Bheem, presented as the “shepherd” of the Gond tribes, on a mission (undercover as Akhtar) to retrieve the lost lamb Malli and return her to her mother, family and village. But Bheem is soon surpassing what might be reasonable expectations of a shepherd: wearing extremely short shorts, with dramatically dripping blood running down his face and upper torso, Bheem takes on a wolf and a tiger – both of which move in decidedly marvellous and unexpected ways, with all the animals in this production being computer generated.

The central conflict comes from the British wanting Bheem captured and Raju being the man to do the job. But plot becomes secondary in this over-the-top action adventure, where fantastically choreographed set pieces – including a human pyramid of colossal proportions that not only seems to defy physics but that also has a touch of the Busby Berkeley about it – take centre stage. RRR’s set pieces, which are matched only by the utterly charismatic performances of its two leads (who, for all of their earth-defiant fighting might as well be literal superheroes) give every instalment of the Marvel multiverse a run for their money.

The film’s early domestic success comes just as two of India’s biggest cinema chains, PVR Cinemas and Inox Leisure, merged to form a mega-circuit of 1,546 screens, and already RRR has had a significant impact in drawing domestic audiences away from smaller screens and into potential post-Pandemic recovery. (Although box office notched an impressive $515.5m in 2021 – an increase of 56% on 2020 – it is still at just 37% of where it was at before Covid hit.)

It’s no surprise. Composer M.M. Keeravani has crafted incredibly catchy tunes, which Rajamouli chooses to repeat like a heartbeat throughout, making the final crescendo even more satisfying. A Sreeker Prasad’s editing is so dynamic that the whole thing - at three hours, and with an intermission – feels like it flies by in an instant. For all of its historical absurdity – realism is nowhere to be seen here – there is no denying that Rajamouli has delivered exactly what audiences want: big, bold and bombastic, this is cinema entertainment at its best.

Production companies: DVV Entertainment

International Sales: Phars Film, [email protected]

Producer: D.V.V. Danayya

Cinematography: Senthil Kumar

Editing: A. Sreeker Prasad

Production design: Sabu Cyril

Music: M.M. Keeravani

Main cast: N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Olivia Morris, Shriya Saran, Ray Stevenson, Alison Doody, Edward Sonnenblick

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RRR Reviews

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RRR is one action crescendo after another, never dull but not exhausting either.

Full Review | Sep 19, 2023

SS Rajamouli delivers his most complete, his most Rajamouli film yet...

Full Review | Sep 12, 2023

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What a blast of filmmaking, talent, & across the board insanity. Emotional, riveting, hilarious, action packed, & flat out just one of the most entertaining films I’ve seen this year. So over the top I couldn’t stop watching

Full Review | Jul 25, 2023

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There are complications and coincidences at work. That is the heart and soul of this great adventure laden with fantasy.

Full Review | Original Score: A | Mar 24, 2023

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One of 2022's 20 best films.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Mar 13, 2023

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In a movie that also includes Bheem battling a tiger with his bare hands and an aerial rescue involving a motorcycle, “Naatu Naatu” may be the most impressive action sequence.

Full Review | Mar 10, 2023

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It's not just about men transitioning from ignorant to enlightened, sad to happy, or anti-hero to hero. It's about humans morphing into fable, history turning into heavens and hells – and life transforming into visual literature.

...goosebumps raising, whiste-worthy, crazy, insane. Did I say outrageous?

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The bonanza with a cast of what looks to be thousands and a storyline about getting back at colonizers is a blast throughout its 3-hour-plus running time.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4 | Mar 2, 2023

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This big epic action movie reminds me of some of those Fast and Furious movies because of the really outlandish action sequences, but this film has the added attraction of Bollywood style musical numbers and a showy dance off.

Full Review | Original Score: B | Jan 27, 2023

... A show that escapes realist drama at every turn. [Fulll review in Spanish]

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10 | Jan 27, 2023

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Between the stunts, the music, and the acting, you don't want to miss this fantastical spectacle of an adventure. It's cinema at its finest!

Full Review | Jan 22, 2023

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One of the beset films of 2022, RRR stands as a gateway into South Asian cinema.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10 | Jan 17, 2023

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There are many twists as this beast punches its way through three long hours, but it moves so beautifully and is so frequently astonishing that it's well worth a look.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Jan 13, 2023

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We critics occasionally forget that one of the main purposes of cinema is to entertain, impress, and have the audience simply have fun watching. “RRR” reminds us just that.

Full Review | Original Score: 7 | Jan 2, 2023

...has just about everything in it—colonialism, revolution, mateship, a massive cast, insane stunts, amazing costumes and sets, and lots of music and dance.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10 | Jan 2, 2023

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It taps into many of the basic emotional centers that have always made movies of this sort popular and, in the process, offers hope that there may still be room for non-IP epics to exist side-by-side with Hollywood’s overbranded franchises.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Dec 31, 2022

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RRR was amazing… No other word can describe it! The stunts, story, choreography, music, it was pure cinema. Oh my goodness. A MUST WATCH!

Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10 | Dec 29, 2022

What's most amazing is that all these genres and tones fit so seamlessly together to tell one powerful story.

Full Review | Dec 27, 2022

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Employing vibrant creativity to add shine to the legend of two important revolutionary figures from his own country, S.S. Rajamouli packed every emotional and artistic fiber he could to move his audience.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Dec 25, 2022

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If the detailed social realism of the Dardenne brothers represents one kind of cinema, RRR is its polar opposite. S.S. Rajamouli’s three-hour-plus epic is a riot of outrageous spectacle, gravity-defying stunts, colour, song and dance, big emotions and a menagerie of CG animals. It feels like the kind of film that looks great in a clip on Twitter but is disappointing when you sit down and watch the whole thing. But have no fear — RRR (it stands for “Rise! Roar! Revolt!”) is a big, gaudy, sledgehammer-subtle slice of escapist cinema that is fun from first frame to last.

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Set in 1920s India, the plot, as it is, pits soldier Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and villager Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr) against the British Empire, represented by Governor Scott Buxton (Ray Stevenson, terrible) and his even more vindictive wife Catherine (Alison Doody, who wields a particularly nasty whip as a reminder of her Indiana Jones days), after the Brits kidnap Bheem’s kid sister. Raju and Bheem are introduced in fantastic fashion — the former performing an in-camera version of The Matrix Reloaded ’s ‘burly brawl’ to apprehend a wrong’un, the latter outrunning a wolf and then shouting down a tiger — and then come together to save a little boy in a river on fire (don’t ask) using a motorcycle, a horse, a rope and a ridiculous feat of timing that puts Spider-Man bridge-rescues to shame. This is all in the first half hour.

RRR never runs out of steam — the dust-ups of the final jungle battle feel as fresh as the opening scene.

From here, the inventiveness and originality of the action escalates to giddy levels, often completely oblivious to the laws of physics. The quality of the VFX is variable but it doesn’t matter, partly because Rajamouli has got such a great eye for brazen movie heroics and partly because it has so much spirit it is easy to be carried along (to wit, there is a fantastic set-piece as Raju batters Brit stooges while being hoisted aloft on Bheem’s shoulders).

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In-between the fighting there are heavy-handed, John Woo-esque thematics (loyalty, brotherhood, identity), low comedy as Bheem tries to woo English rose Jenny (Olivia Morris), and catchy musical numbers — the best of the bunch being a dance-off as Raju and Bheem show the stiff shirts of the Raj how it’s done. The plotting is creaky and the writing ham-fisted (“Take the special forces and nail the bastards”), but it wins the day thanks to Rajamouli’s bravura, the infectious charisma of Charan and Rama Rao Jr, ace filmmaking talent (M.M. Keeravani’s huge score, A. Sreeker Prasad’s propulsive editing) and the imagination of the stunt team. RRR never runs out of steam — the dust-ups of the final jungle battle feel as fresh as the opening scene — meaning that 185 minutes run by in the blink of a digital tiger’s eye.

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Wrestling tigers and hurling motorcycles: how SS Rajamouli’s RRR cast a spell over the world

The Indian director was as surprised as anyone that his astonishingly larger than life, logic-defying action film has found a huge global audience. So is Hollywood on the horizon?

L ooking at the box-office numbers when RRR first opened in the US in March, director SS Rajamouli couldn’t believe the film was really breaking through to non-Indian audiences. “We thought, OK, this might be [American] friends who the Indians had dragged along to see the movie,” he says. “But as the numbers started increasing, and appreciation started coming from celebrities, critics, influencers, gamers, from people of repute, I think it gradually dawned on us that this had the capacity to become much bigger than any other Indian film that has gone before.”

Everything about RRR – the story of two freedom fighters in British-ruled 1920s India – is larger than life. Not just because of the box-office numbers (it is currently the third-highest grossing film ever in India; Rajamouli’s 2017 action film Baahubali 2 is the highest), the budget (at $69m, India’s most expensive film ever) or the length of the shoot (320 days over three years, with Covid interruptions), but also the epic tenor of the movie’s action. Men wrestle tigers and hurl motorcycles, entire armies are single-handedly subdued, the dance scenes are supercharged. Stylised, CGI-heavy, logic-defying, yet ingeniously choreographed and meticulously composed, it feels like something fresh and invigorating, especially compared to Hollywood’s samey output.

“I see many films where action is not giving the impact that it is supposed to give,” says Rajamouli. “I see them doing fantastic action sequences, but for me, what is lacking is the emotional drive. Why is that action sequence happening?” Emotion and action go hand in hand for him, he says. In person he is gentle, calm and softly spoken; far from the model of macho masculinity of his films. “I just love the human body,” he says. “It’s a fantastic machine created by nature and it can do so many wonderful things.”

Rajamouli works in a collaborative way, but when it comes to getting what he wants, he can be a bit of a dictator, he admits. “All through the production, I constantly worry about whether I’m getting certain images on to the screen in the right way, in the perfect way, where I’m able to communicate my emotions to the audience the way I’m feeling it. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get it right.”

Director SS Rajamouli on the set of RRR.

In one astonishing scene, for example, our hero Bheem (NT Rama Rao Jr) ambushes a British party by smashing a truck through the palace gates and leaping out of the back accompanied by a menagerie of angry tigers, stags and other wild beasts. It took 45 nights to film, Rajamouli explains, with 2,000 extras, including children, in period costume, plus fighters, stuntmen, fire, water. The animals were all CGI, but that added extra difficulties since actors had to react to things that were not there. Just one shot from that scene, where Bheem is framed by a broken fountain whose dancing hoses spray water like snakes, took his art department 10 days to work out.

Film-making seems an obvious career path for Rajamouli in retrospect. He grew up devouring movies, western as well as Indian – not least action epics such as Gladiator, Braveheart and Ben-Hur (he has watched the chariot race “hundreds of times”). And he was part of an extended family that entered into the movie industry in Chennai. It wasn’t quite so straightforward, though: “I was a good for nothing boy in the family,” he says. “My father used to constantly ask me, ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ I absolutely had no idea. And because all of the family was into film, I said, ‘I’ll become a director.’ I had no idea what a director does.”

He started as a junior assistant editor. “My first job was just putting labels on the cans. I was not even allowed to touch the film.” But he would listen to the conversations of the film-makers when they took a break outside the editing room. By 2001 he was directing his first movie, Student No 1 – and the scale and success of his work has been increasing ever since.

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RRR’s anti-colonial narrative and somewhat cartoonish depiction of the British as sadistic, moustache-twirling villains has raised some objections, but Rajamouli has no axe to grind, he insists: “There is no historical accuracy. At the beginning of the film we have a big disclaimer saying: ‘This is a completely fictional story.’ If you’re saying that the British are portrayed as villains, I would say the villains who are portrayed in the film happen to be British.”

He is similarly balanced when it comes to Britain’s legacy in India. “It is stupid to expect all the officers were gods or benevolent people but at the same time, it is also stupid to think all of them were monsters out to torture and kill people.” He cites the East India Company official CP Brown, who, in the 19th century, created the first Telugu-language dictionary. “He literally saved my language from extinction,” says Rajamouli. “In many libraries, you’ll see statues of CP Brown; we worship him like a god.”

NT Rama Rao and Ram Charan in RRR.

With awards season upon us, Rajamouli is still on the RRR rollercoaster. In the US he has brushed shoulders with his Hollywood heroes, such as JJ Abrams, Peter Weir and Michael J Fox. “I’m quite a shy person. I just stand at the back.” Inevitably the question of working in the US has arisen, and he doesn’t rule it out: “There are many, many things that I can learn from Hollywood, its efficiency, its lean working mechanism. We are trying to figure out a way I can collaborate.”

Whether he likes it or not, Rajamouli is now a global film-maker rather than simply an Indian one, but he’s trying not to over-analyse what made RRR work. “Without changing my thinking process, the film appealed to western audiences,” he says. “So if I try to change something, then I don’t know whether I’ll be appealing to western audiences, and whether I’ll be appealing to my Indian audience as well.” Inevitably, there are plans for an RRR sequel. He recently had a “great idea” about how to continue the story, he says. It almost feels like a responsibility. “It’s a reciprocation of love for the fans and audiences who love this film.”

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Normally, when a movie or show fluctuates in tone and pulls elements from many different genres, it often turns out very convoluted not knowing what type of story it wants to be.  This is definitely the case with many blockbusters.  Most try to include tropes and tools from a handful of different genres which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however nine times out of ten they end up falling flat causing the narrative to be very dull.  This is the polar opposite of S.S Rajamouli’s ‘Rise Roar Revolt’, otherwise known as ‘ RRR’ .  

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The primarily Telugu-spoken film follows a fictional story between two real-life characters who try to fight back against the brutally real British colonization of India in the 1920s.  The first of the movie’s two protagonists is Bheem, a warrior sent to rescue a girl kidnapped from his village by British troops who is played by N.T. Rama Rao Jr .  The other main protagonist is Raju, an officer in the British Army who is tasked with stopping Bheem and is played by Ram Charan .  The film also stars Alia Bhatt , Ray Stevenson , Olivia Morris , and Alison Doody .  This harrowing story is a tale of friendship, liberation struggles, crazy action sequences, and stimulating musical pieces.

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‘RRR’ – The Powerful

Despite the story being fictional, the two revolutionaries that the film follows actually existed and the backdrop of British colonization of India obviously took place.  The film has its lighthearted moments which will be touched on later in this review, however, it does not shy away one bit from showcasing the brutality that the various people and tribes of India endured during British colonial rule.  Whether in the clash sequences between British police and protestors, the prison and torture scenes, or when seeing a girl be kidnapped from her village to be a servant in the governor’s mansion, the film does a superb job of conveying the trauma that victims of oppression and imperialism feel.

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The viewer is also able to feel the conflict of Raju’s character as an Indian man in the British colonial army.  Eventually, the film shows us why this character partakes in the suppression of his fellow countrymen, how he found himself in this position, and what has led him here.  He finds himself making many decisions that really violate his sense of identity and own well-being.  The various characters in the British governance of India such as Ray Stevenson, Alison Doody, and Edward Sonnenblick all do an effective job in portraying the attitudes that the colonizer has against the colonized.  

The Bonkers

The film goes all out in its wild, wacky, and wonderfully over-the-top style of entertainment.  Beginning with the many action sequences, the film utilizes slow-motion as much as it pleases.  This can very easily become obnoxious and annoying to the viewer.  However, the film seems to almost be aware of this fact and finds a way to somehow embrace the over-the-top nature of repeated slow-motion shots, which miraculously stick the landing.  The unapologetic use of slow-motion multiple times throughout every action sequence greatly enhances their entertainment and overwhelms the viewer with excitement.  The use of slow-motion especially enhances the entertainment of these scenes during absolutely bonkers moments such as when a character jumps out of a truck carrying two torches with a hoard of tigers, leopards, bears, and wolves at his side.  Another one of these moments is when a character swings a motorcycle around his head to fend off approaching enemies.  The use of slow-motion is not only acceptable, but welcome with open arms.

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Another wonderfully wacky aspect of this film is the exuberant musical pieces throughout.  Some are exciting and moving songs that play while the action on screen is taking place.  Others are actual musical sequences that feature the characters singing and dancing.  This is absolutely not an exaggeration, but the song ‘Naacho Naacho’ will be one the viewer will listen to on repeat for days after seeing this movie.  The music, composed by M.M. Keeravani with lyrical contributions in Hindi as well as Telugu from Riya Mukherjee , Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry , Chandrabose , and Varun Grover along with vocals provided mainly by Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj , make for some of most powerful musical moments seen in any film in years.  While there are many light-hearted moments filled with music, there are also a handful of scenes where music is used to evoke a more serious emotional effect in an effort to show the many sides of oppression at the hands of a powerful empire like England.  

The Well-Crafted

‘RRR’ is not only a great blockbuster and a fantastic spectacle film, it is also an exceptionally well written story.  S.S Rajamouli and Vijayendra Prasad’s script takes the time to introduce characters that are not only original but also have reasonable motivations for the audience to buy into.  It is impossible to count the number of times, especially in blockbusters, where characters did not have a believable or unique drive in taking the actions that they do.  This is especially engaging to watch during scenes of conflict when certain characters both have empathizable motivations for what they are doing, yet that is what brings them into an inevitable impasse with each other.  

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The story also features many twists and turns, none of which are unoriginal.  They feel earned, realistic, yet unpredictable at the same time, a very difficult point to find in any type of story.  The dialogue is also witty when it is able to be, empowering when it has earned itself to be, and sensitive when it has to be.  There are a few lines that did feel as if they were there simply because they had to be, but they are very few and far between so this is the most minor of nitpicks.  ‘Rise, Roar, Revolt’ or ‘RRR’ is one of the best films of the year and deserves the ever-growing word of mouth it is getting.  

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What Netflix’s RRR gets wrong about the British Raj

The vogue for facile anti-imperialism is far from innocent.

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Netflix is promoting a new pseudo-historical blockbuster.  RRR , which stands for Rise, Roar, Revolt , is an Indian film which has been playing to packed houses at home. Those expecting the usual Indian crowd-pleaser featuring magic, romance, stiff-upper-lip male heroism, and improbably gory violence will not be disappointed. RRR is set in the 1920s, when India was still in the British empire. The villains are British. No surprises there. But the portrayal of the two main British characters, ‘Governor Scott’ and his wife, is unusually nasty and at the same time amazingly silly.

Among other incidents, the Scotts kidnap an Indian child and try to murder the mother. Hapless Indians are brutally tortured by assorted Brits. To portray British officials and soldiers roaming the country casually committing crimes is a sign of absolute ignorance or of deliberate dishonesty. The Indian civil service – the highest ranks of the administration – were regarded as an incorruptible elite, highly selected and dedicated to their jobs. In any case, in the 1920s, many of them were Indians: in 1929, there were only 894 British officials in the ICS. So viewers of RRR will have to imagine Indian colleagues and indeed Indian superiors sitting back and allowing rogue Brits to commit murder.

Netflix should be ashamed for promoting it

If similar films were made slandering other nations, they would be regarded as crudely racist. Imagine a film showing twentieth-century Nigerian rulers as cannibals, or Hindu politicians burning widows alive. But we can’t imagine such films, because they would not be made. Yet the British have long been fair game. Usually, we shrug this off. We have played such an important role in the world over the last few centuries that we have accumulated enemies as well as friends. In many nationalist myths, we are cast in the role of villains. It’s a way that quite a few countries make up heroic stories about themselves.

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But that is no reason why we should accept these stories as true, or start apologising for things that did not happen.

That is not to say that there is nothing to regret. Almost every conversation about the British Raj sooner or later mentions the Amritsar Massacre in 1919, when a squad mainly of Gurkhas commanded by a British officer opened fire on an illegal demonstration. Several hundred people were killed. Yet this was regarded at the time as a unique and shocking atrocity. Churchill condemned it in parliament. The officer responsible was sacked. But priests of the Golden Temple in Amritsar (the holiest Sikh shrine) thought he had done the right thing, and made him an honorary Sikh.

I have stood on the spot where the massacre took place, with feelings readers might easily imagine. Some young Indian men came up to me. I was expecting at least a reproachful comment. But they just wanted to say hello and practise their English. I mention this because hardly any British person who has been to India – and I have been half a dozen times to as many different regions – can have experienced hostility arising from the memory of British rule. Usually the opposite is true. I know Indians whose parents or grandparents held office under the Raj. Indeed, in the 1920s, when this film is set, India was mostly run by Indians, under fairly distant British supervision. The distinguished Indian writer Nirad C. Chaudhuri (whose father was a nationalistic city official) recalled that he had never met or even seen an Englishman during his childhood, until a British inspector came to his school and presented him with a paintbox.

So films like RRR do not reveal some hidden truth about the past, nor do they express genuine popular feeling. They try to stir up synthetic emotions. Their main purpose, of course, is to entertain and make money. So should we just laugh, and even enjoy the melodrama? Perhaps. But although absurdly unbelievable, we know that nowadays people will swallow almost anything bad about the British empire. Doubtless many viewers in a range of countries will regard this as just as accurate as the most serious academic study. British adolescents will watch it too. Perhaps it will be discussed in schools as a piece of historical evidence.

But the worst result will be in India. RRR panders to the reactionary and violent Hindu nationalism that is coming to dominate Indian culture and politics, fanned by the Modi government. Those who suffer from this are not the British, but Indian minorities, above all Muslim but Christian too, and indeed any liberals who stand up against extremism, persecution and bigotry. In reality, RRR does not record the nastiness of 1920s British rule, but it does reflect the growing nastiness of today’s India. Netflix should be ashamed for promoting it.

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Parents need to know that RRR is a hugely entertaining Indian blockbuster with violent scenes throughout and some racist language. The central theme is that of an uprising, standing up and showing courage in the face of tyrannical rule. Set in 1920s colonial India, Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) and Alluri…

Positive Messages

The movie does promote the idea that you match violence with violence. But it also shows the strength in community and teamwork.

Positive Role Models

Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitarama Raju are incredibly courageous in the face of prejudice and evil. They both realize that teamwork and putting aside their differences will help their cause.

Diverse Representations

The film is set in India and the majority of the cast are native to the country, including the heroes of the piece. The film is very much male-led however, with few female roles of any real note.

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Violence & Scariness

The uprising at the core of the film is very violent. There are brawls and bystanders are hit over the head with rocks and bats. Several brutal deaths. The cracking of bones and bloody faces. Women and children get caught up in the crossfire, being shot and even abducted. There are many explosions and a multitude of weaponry including crossbows, arrows, and cannons. Characters are tortured for information, and are whipped in front of the public as punishment. There are fights between wild animals and humans, the former shot at, the latter mauled. The colonialists beat up helpless Indians, and refuse to use bullets as they are too expensive, killing innocent people using brute force, such as being hit over the head with a branch.

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Language used includes "bastard" and "wanker." Derogatory language used toward the Indians include them being called "brown buggers," "filth," "rats," and "monkeys."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that RRR is a hugely entertaining Indian blockbuster with violent scenes throughout and some racist language. The central theme is that of an uprising, standing up and showing courage in the face of tyrannical rule. Set in 1920s colonial India, Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) and Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan Teja) begin as enemies but realize that in order to defeat the British they must join forces. The uprising itself is incredibly violent, but cinematic in its execution. There are fights between humans and wild tigers, with animals being killed and humans mauled. There are also countless deaths -- including innocent women and children -- some of which are brutal and graphic. Characters are also tortured and whipped. There is some use of "bastard" and "wanker," as well as racist language. Characters are referred to as animals and "brown buggers." This Indian production has a diverse cast -- both Telugu and English are spoken -- though it's fair to say the majority of characters, and the heroes of the piece, are men. It has a runtime of over three hours. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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This film is big, what's the story.

RRR is a fictitious story about real events, focusing in on the colonialism of India at the hands of the British. Set in the 1920s, when a young girl is abducted, and her mother callously murdered, family member Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) seeks vengeance against the perpetrators, though he is coming up against a brutal, tyrannical regime. What doesn't help, is that fellow countryman Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan Teja) is working for the enemy, and he himself proves an indestructible force.

Is It Any Good?

This Indian action-drama offers viewers about as much fun as you can have with a movie. RRR is pure cinema, at times completely over-the-top and ridiculous, but remaining grounded by its historical context. The credit must go to director S.S. Rajamouli for this ambitious undertaking. He truly is a master of his craft, with some spellbinding sequences -- scenes that you may say out loud in the planning stage, but to actually bring them to life is another matter. He may not have the budget of a major Hollywood production, but it matters little such is the strength in storytelling, and his ability to create such epic set-pieces. RRR combines fantasy with realism in a striking way, and while the film tells an important tale, above anything else, it's just purely, and utterly entertaining.

Talk to Your Kids About ...

Families can talk about the violence in RRR . How did it make you feel? Did it add to the story? Do some types of media violence have different impact than others?

The movie is set in the 1920s during colonial India. What do you know about this period? Why is it important to look back on the past? What can we learn from it?

Discuss some of the racist language used. What purpose did it serve the story? How did it make you feel hearing these things in the film?

The movie has very little female representation . Did you find this problematic? Why, or why not?

The film is a fictitious account of real events. What other movies have you seen that has taken this approach?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : March 25, 2022
  • On DVD or streaming : May 20, 2022
  • Cast : N.T. Rama Rao Jr. , Ram Charan Teja , Alia Bhatt
  • Director : S.S. Rajamouli
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors, Indian/South Asian actors
  • Studio : Variance Films
  • Genre : Action/Adventure
  • Topics : Friendship , History , Wild Animals
  • Character Strengths : Courage , Perseverance , Teamwork
  • Run time : 187 minutes
  • MPAA rating : NR
  • Award : Golden Globe
  • Last updated : April 7, 2023

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Amid All The RRR Praise, Some Scathing UK Reviews: ‘Lies’, ‘Travesty Of History’, ‘Nasty’. Netizens React

Writing for the spectator, cambridge historian robert tombs said: 'rrr panders to the reactionary and violent hindu nationalism’..

RRR Movie UK Review Lies Travesty Of History Nasty Amid All RRR Praise Some Scathing UK Reviews Netizens React Amid All The RRR Praise, Some Scathing UK Reviews: ‘Lies’, ‘Travesty Of History’, ‘Nasty’. Netizens React

Four months since its theatrical release, filmmaker SS Rajamouli's blockbuster RRR has been continuing to garner praise. While the film has already achieved a cult status in India, lavish praise has been coming from international audiences too. The latest to shower applause on the Ram Charan-NT Rama Rao Junior flick is filmmaker Joe Russo, whose The Gray Man starring another South star Dhanush just released on Netflix. He called it a “well done epic”. Before Russo, there were other Marvel Cinematic Universe alums James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, who had tweeted in praise of the massive hit. 

RRR has become the first film from India to be nominated for Best Picture category at the Hollywood Critics Association Awards. And there are talks that it may even be sent to the Oscars as India’s official entry. 

However, amid all the praise, there is a section overseas that has heavily criticised the film, mainly because of its plotline and the way the British employees in colonial India were portrayed in it.

After a July 9 report in Daily Mail quoted a historian as saying that what is shown in the movie is “a very dangerous concoction of lies”, a Cambridge professor wrote in The Spectator last week called the portrayal of certain characters "unusually nasty and at the same time amazingly silly”.

The RRR Story

RRR (Rise, Roar Revolt) is a story of two legendary revolutionaries and their fight for India in the 1920s. It’s a fictional depiction of the lives of real-life freedom fighters Komaram Bheem and Alluri Seetharama Raju. While Ram Charan plays Raju, Jr NTR portrays the role of Bheem. 

The story of the film begins with Governor Scott Buxton and his wife Catherine ‘buying’ a young tribal girl against her parents’ wishes after visiting a forest area inhabited by the Gond tribe. Komaram Bheem, who is the tribe’s guardian, then travels all the way to Delhi to rescue the girl. Raju, meanwhile, serves in the Indian Imperial Police with the ultimate aim to bring down the British. While his job was to protect the Governor from Bheem, he joins him. The film showed their journey and how they together rose, roared and revolted against the British and even succeeded in the mission. 

RRR also had Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn playing cameo roles. According to IMDb, the film loaded with VFX was made at a budget of Rs 550 crore — the most expensive film to have been made in India so far.

It has earned over Rs 1,200 crore across the world, according to boxofficeindia.com. 

‘RRR Panders To The Reactionary And Violent Hindu Nationalism’

The film showed unbearable atrocities on Indians by the British, as has been depicted in all real and fictional stories of India’s struggle and uprising against the British Raj in the past.

Robert Tombs, emeritus professor in history at the University of Cambridge, however, told Daily Mail: “This film is a piece of xenophobic slander, utterly false and without historical foundation.”

He later wrote a scathing review in The Spectator. “To portray British officials and soldiers roaming the country casually committing crimes is a sign of absolute ignorance or of deliberate dishonesty.” 

To buttress his argument, Tombs added: “The Indian civil service – the highest ranks of the administration – were regarded as an incorruptible elite, highly selected and dedicated to their jobs. In any case, in the 1920s, many of them were Indians: in 1929, there were only 894 British officials in the ICS.” 

This, he said, meant “Indian colleagues and indeed Indian superiors sitting back and allowing rogue Brits to commit murder”.

Tombs also said while the British usually “shrug this off”, similar movies “would be regarded as crudely racist” if they slandered other nations like this. 

“Imagine a film showing twentieth-century Nigerian rulers as cannibals, or Hindu politicians burning widows alive. But we can’t imagine such films, because they would not be made,” he wrote.

Robert Tombs acknowledged why the British are shown in movies in such a negative light. “We have played such an important role in the world over the last few centuries that we have accumulated enemies as well as friends. In many nationalist myths, we are cast in the role of villains. It’s a way that quite a few countries make up heroic stories about themselves.”

But, he added, that is no reason why the British should “accept these stories as true, or start apologising for things that did not happen”.

Tombs also wrote that there were indeed some regretful events that India saw during the British rule, such as the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, but the British government had acknowledged such events. 

“I mention this because hardly any British person who has been to India — and I have been half a dozen times to as many different regions — can have experienced hostility arising from the memory of British rule,” he wrote. “I have stood on the spot where the massacre took place, with feelings readers might easily imagine. Some young Indian men came up to me. I was expecting at least a reproachful comment. But they just wanted to say hello and practise their English.” 

Tombs wrote that India in the 1920s, when the RRR plot is set, “was mostly run by Indians, under fairly distant British supervision”. 

He went on to say that films like RRR “try to stir up synthetic emotions”, and are “absurdly unbelievable”. 

Tombs also sought to link the trend to the current nature of Indian politics. “RRR panders to the reactionary and violent Hindu nationalism that is coming to dominate Indian culture and politics…” he wrote, and added that it will be the Indian minorities and liberals who are suffering from this, and not the British.

He went on to say that RRR reflects “the growing nastiness of today’s India” and castigated Netflix for promoting the film.

What Others Are Saying Against RRR

Quoting critics, the July 9 article in Daily Mail said RRR “grossly mispresents history”, and twists some versions of events to present “fiction” as fact.

“The entire plot is a travesty of history,” Dr Zareer Masani, who is an expert on British colonialism, was quoted as saying. “It’s fiction presented as fact.”

He said there might have been acts of violence in the 19th century, but not in the 1920s, when the film is set.

While Netflix carries a disclaimer with the film stating that “the story is purely fictional”, Masani said it was not enough as the film “will be taken as gospel by many”, a concern Robert Tombs also shared in his review in The Spectator.

“RRR seems to combine sadism with anti-British racism and a good dollop of historical invention," the Daily Mail article quoted Cambridge historian Andrew Roberts as saying. "What you get is a very dangerous concoction of lies,” he added.

“Portraying employees of the colonial service as cartoon villains is par for the course nowadays," said Toby Young, founder of Free Speech Union. "In reality, they were almost all conscientious, highly scrupulous public servants.” 

How Netizens Are Reacting To RRR Criticism

The British criticism of RRR has evidently, and unsurprisingly, not gone down well with Indians. Netizens have reacted to both the Daily Mail article and the review by Robert Tombs. 

Check out some of the posts:

Robert Tombs is an absolute bigot as his racism is reflected in this article itself where he says ‘Indians came to him to practice their English’. This is why RRRs should be made, atrocities displayed and gruesomeness of Raj ought to be publicised. https://t.co/l8wd4UpYot — Ajeet Bharti (@AjeetBhartii) July 20, 2022
BritishBabu is upset that his nostalgia is being disturbed & Indians are awakening to the truth. Colonialist administration oppressed India in many ways, denying it is a crime: #Colonized What Netflix's RRR gets wrong about the British Raj | The Spectator https://t.co/5owdkCUwQO — Dr. Lavanya Vemsani Ph.D. (@ProfVemsani) July 19, 2022
“The vogue for facile anti-imperialism”, it seems. LOL. https://t.co/xtvR1pmbtE — Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) July 20, 2022
This clown needs a history lesson badly. Not the British version. The world version. https://t.co/FLlBrYEOQI — Rohit Ghali (@rohitghali) July 20, 2022
'A concoction of dangerous lies': Netflix slammed for film that depicts the 1920s British Raj as being 'addicted to rape and murder' Awwww .. Mirrors aren't very high in demand amongst descendants of the Empire, it seems, 'coz they show their true faces! https://t.co/kPNjxHfyGc — Harpreet (@CestMoiz) July 12, 2022

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RRR First Review: Ram Charan Steals the Show; Jr NTR Gives Award-Worthy Performance in Rajamouli Film

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Last Updated: March 25, 2022, 09:06 IST

RRR movie review: RRR, directed by SS Rajamouli, stars Ram Charan and Jr NTR.

RRR movie review: RRR, directed by SS Rajamouli, stars Ram Charan and Jr NTR.

The first review of RRR says that SS Rajamouli's film is a sure-shot blockbuster. Ram Charan and Jr NTR deliver terrific performances.

RRR, starring Ram Charan and Jr NTR, arrives in cinemas on Friday, March 25. While the fans have been waiting with bated breaths to watch the movie on the silver screen, we have got our hands on the first review of SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus.

Umair Sandhu, who is a member of the UK, UAE Censor Board has reviewed the film and has given it five stars. Taking to Twitter, Umair wrote, “RRR Movie Review from Censor Board. Ram Charan is in Terrific Form. He Stole the Show all the way. Deadly Combo of Jr NTR and Ram Charan. Ajay Devgn is a Surprise Package. He Nailed it. Alia Bhatt shines in her Role. She looks beautiful in RRR.” (sic)

RRR Early Reactions: Ram Charan-Jr NTR Give ‘Career-Best’ Performances in Rajamouli’s ‘Masterpiece’

#RRRMovie Review from Censor Board. #RamCharan is in Terrific Form. He Stole the Show all the way. Deadly Combo of #JrNTR & #RamCharan . #AjayDevgn is Surprise Package. He Nailed it. #AliaBhatt shines in her Role. She looks beautiful in #RRR .🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 — Umair Sandhu (@UmairSandu) March 22, 2022

He even shared some never before seen glimpses from the film on his Instagram stories. Umair Sandhu has heaped praises on the male lead of the film Jr NTR and Ram Charan.

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The film critic seems to be in awe of the film as he wrote on his Instagram Stories, “RRR makes you proud that an Indian filmmaker dared to dream big and accomplished it. It is definitely not to be missed. Call it a blockbuster today but tomorrow it will be remembered as a classic. Ram Charan and Jr NTR gave their best performances. What a deadly combo! Ajay Devgn is a surprise package.”

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He even shared that the movie has an unexpected climax. Umer tweeted, “RRR Movie Climax will SHOCK you. 2nd Half is the USP of the movie. Jr NTR and Ram Charan deserve Standing Ovation in RRR.”

#RRRMovie Climax will SHOCK you.2nd Half is the " USP" of movie. 🔥 #JrNTR & #RamCharan deserves Standing Ovation in #RRR .⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ pic.twitter.com/ztV2RtgMdc — Umair Sandhu (@UmairSandu) March 24, 2022

Recently, SS Rajamouli talked about Ram Charan and Jr NTR for casting for RRR and mentioned that their acting skills were perfectly fit for the roles. “Their stardom, personalities, and acting abilities made them the right fit for the parts. The most significant aspect is the camaraderie and friendship they have. They had known each other before RRR. Ramaraju appears calm throughout the flick. Charan has the same personality,” he said.

D. V. V. Danayya of DVV Entertainments produces the Telugu-language historical action drama film, which will be released on March 25, 2022. Interestingly, S.S Rajamouli’s RRR is the first Indian film to be released in Dolby Cinema.

Aside from major stars Ram Charan and Jr. NTR, the film has Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, and Olivia Morris playing crucial roles, while Samuthirakani, Ray Stevenson, and Alia Doody will play supporting characters.

PEN Studios’ Jayanti Lal Gada has acquired theatre distribution rights in North India, as well as international electronic rights in all languages. The film will be distributed in the North Territory by Pen Marudhar.

While the film will now be released on March 25, its Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada versions will be available on ZEE5. It will also be streamed on Netflix too in Hindi, Portuguese, Korean, Turkish, and Spanish.

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‘RRR’ Movie Review: SS Rajamouli Brings Back Ram Rajya But I’d Take More Of Ram Charan-JR NTR’s Bromance Anyday

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RRR, the highly-anticipated SS Rajamouli directorial is finally here and it stars Jr NTR, Ram Charan in a way that fans haven’t seen before. Mind you, there is no scarcity of towering acts, stylish sequences and blaring music; the pan-Indian period drama also boasts of the best action choreography we’ve seen in a long time. But that isn’t the crux of the vision that the Baahubali director sets up in more ways than one. The storytelling unfurls with the explosive bromance between Bheem (Jr NTR) and Ram (Ram Charan) and frankly speaking, nothing ever matches their combustible pairing. Or their respective on-screen swag that packs a powerful punch. Although the Alia Bhatt fan in me is dismayed to see her South Indian film debut not giving her enough meat to work with, I’m reminded that it is a cameo and that the film doesn’t always need the love of the life to do all the sacrifices. Who said platonic love can’t be the driving force of your life? Yes, the film is as much about friendship as it is about the British-inflicted sufferings and the struggle of freedom. The only problem is that the peg of patriotism is an unremarkable one that further complicates the narrative and reduces the film to an endless saga of rescue operations. The curse of hindi dubbing doesn’t help either. So, is RRR worth the watch? Check out the review below to find out.

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If there’s anything that the trailer of RRR conveyed, it’s the fact that none of it was going to be subtle. And boy, does the film deliver on the promise. Thanks to loud, characteristic background score and underlined emotional arcs, the film is up on the theatrics meter, as it should be. It’s a big screen spectacle after all. But nothing takes away from the fact that there are no surprises awaiting you. Instead, things do get repetitive with leaps of faith that are far-fetched, quite literally. Having said that, I’m hooked to Nattu Nattu (or Nacho Nacho in Hindi) and may or may not be trying to perfect the hook step as I sit to write this.

Let’s get the cat out of the bag- SS Rajamouli spoiled us with Baahubali . The filmmaker and his genius didn’t stop at one but gave us another bombastic instalment to satiate our grandeur cravings with a side of fantastical magic. Now, he has tried to recreate the same with RRR but with the change in the canvas, the magic is misplaced. It seems like stunts that are more comical than believable. Even when you sign up for three hours of Rajamouli escapism. How does one sit through then? It isn’t particularly difficult, thanks to the striking visuals, vivid cinematography, commendable CGI, foot-tapping music, pitch-perfect casting and the most hard-defined abs/calves on the leading men who are bronzed to blind you with veins popping out like nobody’s business.

Both Jr NTR and Ram Charan have done justice to their characters and their journeys. While Ram Charan as Ram, an officer in the British regiment is fiery, Jr NTR as a tribal warrior Bheem is tempestous.

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When Ram beats up a sea of angry rebels all alone with just a lathi and manages to get back to his territory only with a few wounds, you believe him. His conviction comes across and convinces you that he could pull it off with elan. That and a full display of machismo in the with exploited tool there is Indian cinema - the khaki wardi. But you don’t waste breath on it cause it’s not toxic mard ko dard nahi hota. At least, he doesn’t say that. Just goes on to box his way through a wall even after being bitten by a snake. But we will get to the tropes later; this is about the gumption in his physicality and the build up around his role that makes him stand out.

Even Jr NTR, with his expressive eyes and gravitas, anchors the ship and keeps it afloat. He represents water and is the son of soil, fighting the beats of the jungle with his bare hands. I've never seen such defined calves. In fact, like I’ve mentioned, it is their bromance that keeps pumping life into the otherwise three odd hours long film that sways between an unremarkable freedom struggle and convenient quest to save a child. And then some.

But their bond can only make so much for the gaps in wrrriting and the scrip by Vijayendra Prasad that clearly lacks brevity. The plot written by the award-winning screenwriter who also happens to be Rajamouli’s father, is lopsided, so much so that it becomes increasingly confusing to gauge the motivation of characters like Ram. Not to mention, the hindi dubbing and dialogue writing completely mars the essence that you can see reflecting in the eyes of the actors. Which says a lot about Rajamouli and the ways in which he can extract the best out of his actors.

Make no mistake; it is still a visual and audio delight. Chest-thumping music M.M. Keeravani blaring through speakers, underline every emotion and spoonfeed it to the viewers. The claps don't stop and why not, you’ve signed up for the same when you see KK Senthil Kumar’s cinematography come alive in the beautifully orchestrated action scenes. Fire and water obviously play evident part, as integral as other characters but it falls short. Especially in the second part that feels longer than it is.

We’ve probably watched a hundred iterations of war drams with angrez going 'Indians and dogs not allowed' but somehow, there is always one very kind woman in the Brit camp who helps the hero. And RRR is no exception. But I can almost let go it when I think about Rajamouli bringing back the Ram Rajya with his other hero dressed in saffron, fighting gun-wielding policemen with bow and arrow that tears through flames. And in today’s climate; one would be a fool to miss all the again, not-so-subtle references it makes to Ramayan. Which is not a crime, but let's be honest about how the film plays into the rather popular and prevalent picture of our times?

Also, I get that Alia Bhatt was brought on board for a cameo but we have plenty of examples of strong, small roles that give the actor some substance to play with. Unfortunately, Alia as Sita had none. It was even less than what Ajay Devgn has. You’ll see.

Verdict: SS Rajamouli’s RRR is a family entertainer that is designed to elicit claps and whistles and should be watched on the basis of Jr NTR’s and Ram Charan’s grooves alone. But don’t go in expecting the standards of Baahubali , you will not be pleased.

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While the fans have been waiting with bated breaths to watch the movie on the silver screen.  RRR (Roudram Ranam Rudhiram) the fictional story of two revolutionaries. The period drama brings together two of Telugu cinema’s biggest stars –  Ram Charan  and Jr NTR. The movie also stars  Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn in extended cameos.

The first half of the film does a good job of balancing everything from the story to punchy dialogues and good music by MM Keeravani. The story moves forward at a considerable pace, keeping you on the edge of your seat, even as watching Jr NTR and Ram Charan having a dance-off to Naatu Naatu brings a smile on your face.

 The pre-interval bit even manages to take you by surprise. With things coming to a head right before the interval, it remains to be seen how the second half will fare.

In This Film Alluri Sitaramaraju ( Ram Charan ) is the 'fire' of this story. An angry, young police officer in Delhi whom the British both fear and revere. They tend to sic him on people they need to capture because he's a brute but also never give him the respect he deserves. He's on the lookout for the 'water' of this story. Konaram Bheem ( Jr NTR ) is an innocent Gond tribal man who pretends to be a Muslim and comes to the city to rescue a little girl called Malli who has been taken by Lady Scott (Alison Doody). Jr NTR and Ram Charan deserve Standing Ovation in RRR.”

  #RamCharan is in Terrific Form. He Stole the Show all the way. Deadly Combo of #JrNTR & #RamCharan . #AjayDevgn is Surprise Package. He Nailed it. #AliaBhatt shines in her Role. She looks beautiful in #RRR .

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“There’s Still Tomorrow,” the Italian dramedy that last year became a box office sensation on home soil, is to be released in the U.K. and Ireland by exhibition giant Vue .

The film is now set to go on wide release in the U.K. on April 26, following a sell-out screening at London’s Cinema Made in Italy festival this weekend.

“I am so happy to know that my film ‘There’s Still Tomorrow’ will also be distributed in the U.K. and Ireland,” said Cortellesi. “I would like to thank everyone who supported my film in Italy and now in Europe: production partners Wildside and Vision Distribution, and Vue for choosing my directorial debut! I really hope the audience will love it.”

The move marks a rare foray into traditional feature distribution for Vue, which operates 92 cinemas in the U.K. and is the largest privately owned cinema operator in Europe. Up until now, the company had mostly released pre-school titles and big screen sports events across its locations but Variety understands that, if “There’s Still Tomorrow” is successful it could open the doors for the exhibitor to pick up further films for distribution.

“Paola Cortellesi’s extraordinary new film ‘C’é Ancora Domani’ has been breaking records in Italy, where it is still being played widely in cinemas five months after the release thanks to the exceptional word of mouth it has garnered over time,” said Vue founder and CEO Tim Richards. “We are honoured that Paola has trusted us with distributing and playing her movie in the UK so British audiences will also be able to watch this amazing and hugely important movie on the big screen.”

“There’s Still Tomorrow” is a produced by Wildside, a Fremantle company, and Vision Distribution, jointly-operated by Sky Italia.

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