Stars bring audiences to theaters, but ultimately history runs the show: SS Rajamouli


For the director of ” Baahubali ” SS Rajamouli, the key to making a true pan-Indian film is not to bring together big stars from different industries because the filmmaker says it is important to have a story that connects universally, sometimes even without dialogs.

The director, who returns with another mega-budget multi-star in ” RRR, ” five years after the release of the second installment of ” Baahubali, ” says he’s someone who believes it is the story and not the stars who ultimately lead the show in a pan Indian film.

A pan-Indian film does not mean that actors of different languages ​​meet. A Pan Indian film means a story that connects with everyone, regardless of language. When creating a story, I think, “If I turn off this part of the dialogue, will the audience still connect to my movie?” “Many times the answer is yes,” Rajamouli told PTI in a Zoom interview in Hyderabad.

The 48-year-old director said it’s easy to be “regional” when there are big stars in the film because you can easily “play the gallery” but don’t fall into this trap.

If your core storyline is about universal emotions, then you have to build the scenes that way, not up to star status. The star actor should be able to support your film. I always believe the stars are there to bring audiences to theaters, but once they’re there, it’s the story that runs the show, not the stars, ” he added.

A pre-independence fictional story woven around two true Indian revolutionaries in the 1920s – Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (NT Rama Rao Jr), ” RRR ” also features Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt and Olivia Morris .

Rajamouli said he did not approach Bhatt or Devgn because it was an “economically viable” option but because their presence was essential to his film.

The director said he always wanted to do a fictional story about a real hero, and the timeline of Raju and Bheem’s revolt was so similar that he thought it would be a perfect story to edit his film.

Even though the film is inspired by the fighters for freedom and the struggle for independence, it is not about patriotism but about the friendship between these two heroes and how they inspire each other. to grow. Because it’s a fictional story, I didn’t stress too much the authenticity of their clothes and their way of speaking, ”he said.

What connects the universe of “Baahubali” and “RRR” is the theme of fighting oppression, Rajamouli said.

“ I don’t analyze my films too much, but if I look back, yes, oppression and the rise against it is a very strong human emotion. I love weaving stories around oppression and uprising. ” The director said he is aware that those who have watched ‘Baahubali’ will expect something similar with ‘RRR’ , although the two stories are different.

“I’m aware that people who went to see ‘Baahubali’ would expect a similar thing with my next film, RRR in this case. But I’m not getting stuck in it. When people say, ‘we need another Baahubali’, what they really mean is that they want an experience similar to what they had with ‘Baahubali’. ” Asked about the instructions he gives to his actors, especially their physical appearance in the film, the director said he tells his story in such a way that the actors understand what is expected of them.

“ I don’t tell the actors that you have to build your body, but when I tell scenes, they understand that they have to be physically and mentally in good shape to be successful in those scenes. If I tell NTR Jr that your first action streak is with a tiger, he’ll figure out what to do. If I tell Charan, your intro scene is with several fighters, he understands what to do, ”he said.

The director said that having worked with both actors in the past, they were on the same page when it came to their performance.

He is, however, anxiously awaiting the dubbing they did for the film in four languages: Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.

For ” RRR ”, Rajamouli again collaborated with his father, writer KV Vijayendra Prasad, best known for ” Bajrangi Bhaijaan ”, ” Baahubali ” and ” Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi ”.

The director praised his father for his penchant for creating dramatic scenes with a lot of fulfillment.

“ From an early age, I had this vivid imagination … When my father started working, he would tell us scenes that he had developed and I would amplify them in my own way … realized that I had something in me and asked me to join him as an assistant. ” Rajamouli said that after helping his father for five years, they developed a shortcut on how it works their individual mind.

“He’s the best screenwriter I know. He wrote almost all of my films except one or two. We understand each other well. But as a writer-director, I’m the one who dictates the scenes. We have our own share of arguments and bickering. ” The COVID pandemic delayed the film for a year, but the director took it in his stride, saying it only left him more time to refine the film.

Now that the release date is near, Rajamouli has said he is going through emotions of anxiety and excitement.

“ I always say that before a movie comes out my mind is split in two, on the one hand there is confidence that it’s going to do well and on the other side it is anxious and full of questions like ” will he really do as well as expected? ” ” RRR ” hits theaters on January 7th.

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