The Man Behind India’s Controversial Global Blockbuster “RRR”

After watching “RRR,” I wanted to understand director S. S. Rajamouli’s motivations behind this global blockbuster and came across this interview with The New Yorker. In it, Rajamouli passionately emphasizes his commitment to pure entertainment, addressing Western criticisms and shedding light on the intricate balance of incorporating song and dance into the storyline. The interview delves into the political undercurrents within the film, with Rajamouli denying intentional ideological implications while acknowledging the nuanced portrayal of historical figures. Exploring his influences, including the profound impact of Hindu epics and the daring storytelling of “Mayabazar,” adds depth to the rich creative process. Intriguingly, Rajamouli’s discussion about his father’s involvement in a film commissioned by the Hindu-nationalist group R.S.S. adds an unexpected twist, sparking curiosity about the intersection of personal beliefs and artistic expression. This interview is a must-read for cinephiles seeking a deeper understanding of the mind shaping the cinematic landscape of “RRR.”

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