Film Name: RRR
Director: SS Rajamouli
Cast: Jr. NTR, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt
After presenting epics like Magadheera, Eega, Bahubali: The Beginning, Bahubali: The Conclusion, SS Rajamouli returns with another mega budget show, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn with RRR Jr. NTR and Ram Charan. Are in important roles. The film is based on the pre-independence era, with the main controversies arising out of demons in the British Empire. The filmmaker took his thread from two real life characters, Alwari Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Jr. NTR) and created a mythical story around the lives of these two freedom fighters.
As promised, he paints the world with a fresh brush and presents a 1900s drama. He creates visuals that no one has experienced on the big screen as far as Indian cinema is concerned. He manages to create a drama that is slightly influenced by the world of cinema of Manmohan Desai, Ramesh Sippy, and Kader Khan, and revolves around it with its larger life vision, giving it a distinct identity. It doesn’t take long for Rajamouli and his writer father, KV Vijayendra, to reach the main controversy, in a few minutes of the film, you find yourself engrossed in the story. The first half, despite a runtime of 1 hour 45 minutes, progresses rapidly.
The first frame of the film sets the plot, followed by a brilliant introduction of the two main characters – Ram Charan and Jr. NTR. Within the first 25 minutes, Rajamouli makes his plot as well as the brains of the two characters. Since then, the story has been full of dramatic, humorous and action sequences, one after the other with some breathtaking cinematography that won’t let you take your eyes off the screen for even a second. Every frame has its splendor, and the intermission block is definitely the best that will be seen on the big screen in Indian cinema.
From the construction to the location, to the camera work, and of course, the stunning choreographed stunt design – the long span block is perfect in all aspects. While one often gets points for action series in Indian films, for RRR, there is zero reference to every frame and every stunt choreographed because it seems to have been conceived in Rajamouli’s mind and His action crew did it. The first half-set is an edge of drama, setting the stage for the foundation to explode in the aftermath.
But that’s when things get a little slow. While the whole element of fantastic frames and unimaginable shots continues, the pace slows down as the story progresses. The problem here is that the RRR controversy is something that can be summed up in one line. And if not for Rajamouli’s direction and his father’s ability to break dramatic heights, RRR would have been a normal affair, but a product below that. The relatively weak controversy begins to unfold in the second half, and even the sequences are repeated. Since the first half is full of happy moments which also gives rise to humor, in the second half they slow down a bit. While the post-break scene begins on a promising note with Ajay Devgn‘s chapter, it sinks into subsequent episodes. But as they say, when you begin to underestimate the Master, He is there to amaze you.
With the final, Rajamouli elevated the whole effect of the second half, which will be listed in the history books as the most thrilling action sequence in the jungle. Charan and NTR’s presentation in the last 25 minutes is something that will be a dream come true for any actor. It is as brave and life-giving as it gets. This is the final that takes the film back to the heights it left us permanently in the first half. You are on a journey through the world of Rajamouli’s Ferrari cinema, letting the feeling of watching an Indian film of this quality sink in the first few frames, but it is in the later statement that you realize the falsity of a strong opponent. ۔ The other half demanded that the controversy escalate with a strong villain, but surprisingly, the maker who gave us the Bhallaldev has no strong negative track in RRR.
Ram Charan’s introduction
Jr. NTR’s introduction
The first action episode of Jr. NTR & Ram Charan together
Nacho Nacho Sequence
The Intermission Block
Ajay Devgn’s backstory
The extended climax
Speaking of editing, the film could have been about 15 minutes shorter, as it is based on a simple plot without many complications in the story. The action design of the film has a strong story going on in the background, and even when the main characters are fighting, you are on the edge of your seat because it is supported by a strong drama. Stunts, no doubt, are by far the best for Indian cinema, but it is the drama that enhances the visual effects on screen, especially in the first half. The background score is, of course, unmatched. The music blends well into the narrative and take care of the dance space. The song has already become a rage, but its visuals on screen as well as its placement are exceptional. You may find yourself shaking your legs in the auditorium, as well as taking root for the two main characters dancing your heart out on the screen. Hindi dialogues are well done.
Speaking of performance, the two leads – Junior NTR and Ram Charan – carry the film on their shoulders and justify Rajamouli’s vision of presenting it as water and fire. Junior NTR roars like a young lion, while Ram Charan picks up his character in a very cheerful manner, a look of calm before the storm in his eyes. Instead of competing, the two heroes compliment each other and find a moment of glory in the story. However, this is JR. NTR who has a slight advantage over Charan because his character has a better capacity to perform. The young Tiger also recited his Hindi dictionary to T, emphasizing the right emotional moments. Even Charan has done well for his Hindi dictionary. Ajay Devgn has played a pivotal role in the heart-wrenching story of RRR, and as soon as he comes on screen, you realize why only he from Bollywood could do justice to this part. Alia Bhatt has also played a brief role as Ram Charan’s love interest in the film, Sita, however, with a normal role in the second half, and with limited screen time, her abilities are undiscovered here. The other couple does justice to their part.
Overall, RRR celebrates Indian cinema in all its glory. SS Rajamouli brings his vision of creating a big canvas drama with all the greatest life action around the usual story of friendship. And it is his conviction and ability to think big that takes the world of RRR to the next level, despite some limitations at the level of the script in terms of a simple basic controversy. However, RRR has the best action sequences to present in an Indian film with an unimaginable interval block and thunderous finale. Rest assured, despite some flaws in the second half, you will be invested in the world of this huge canvas of Rajamouli at a time when India was a “golden bird”. It has rightly been called India’s greatest action drama.