Roudram Ranam Rudhiram (RRR) is the most talked about movie in Tollywood. The movie carries massive expectations thanks to the star cast with the likes of Jr. NTR, Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt and the director S. S. Rajamouli. Telugu cinema was elevated to a national level with the S. S. Rajamouli directorial Baahubali franchise (2015 and 2017.) The movie opened up the doors to not just Telugu cinema but also the entire South Indian film industry. RRR is a pan Indian movie being made on a mind boggling budget in multiple Indian languages. RRR is a fictional retelling of the lives of the legendary freedom fighters Alluri Sitaramaraju played by Ram Charan and Komaram Bheem played by Jr. NTR.
In a recent interview with the Hollywood portal Deadline, the actor talked about playing Komaram Bheem, the movie, the pandemic and more. This is the first interview Jr. NTR has given about the much anticipated movie. Talking about the movie journey and on working with Rajamouli, he said “It began in 2018. Rajamouli shot the Baahubali movies over a span of 5 years. RRR is a demanding movie. Rajamouli is a perfectionist and expects everything to be perfect. This is my fourth collaboration with Rajamouli. We both started out naive. It is amazing to see how much we both have grown. He provides incredible opportunities either as an actor or a technician. It is a joy to work with him.”
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On playing the revolutionary Komaram Bheem, “We grew up learning a bit about these revolutionaries as they were local heroes. With RRR, they are being introduced to a wider India. We wanted to portray their lives and their contributions to the country. For my part as Komaram Bheem, I had to undergo rigorous training for about 18 months and put on 9 kilograms of muscle mass.”
About the pandemic “I am a workaholic. Since my debut in the film industry at the age of 17, I almost worked 365 days a year. It was frustrating to not be able to work. However, it also gave me a chance to connect with people around me. I tested positive for Covid 19 recently but am doing well.”
On his other projects “I am collaborating with Koratala Siva whom I have worked with for Janatha Garage (2016.) Another project is in the lines with Prashant Neel of KGF fame.” The actor also expressed his dislike of referring to his latest project with Koratala Siva as a pan Indian one as the word sounds like a frying pan.
When asked if the team RRR ever considered an OTT release, “Never considered an OTT release. There are certain movies which require a theatrical experience. Avengers or Baahubali or Jurassic Park can be truly enjoyed with the theatrical release. Some movies are like that. RRR is one of them. India and its audience takes its movies seriously. We have a ray of hope that audiences will come back to theatres and watch it.” On the possibility of working outside India, he continued “Why not? If there is an opportunity for an actor of Indian origin, then definitely. India is progressing a lot in terms of talent and movies.”
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