SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ is an entertaining masala epic with great star turns, but deeper emotions might have made this even better 

Posted on March 25, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

Rajamouli’s cinema is not just masala cinema but also mythological cinema. So he shapes Komaram Bheem like the Bheema from mythology, and Alluri Sitarama Raju like Lord Ram.

rrr the movie

SS Rajamouli’s much-awaited mega-epic: RRR, is set in 1920s India. The film stars NTR Jr as Komaram Bheem and Ram Charan as Alluri Sitarama Raju. These are real-life revolutionaries but RRR is not real. It is what you’d call historical fiction.

RRR may have three words in its title, but it is a movie of twos. There are two heroes, both of whom are in top form. There’s NTR Jr, who is defined by water. He is an innocent man from the Gond tribe. The feelings in his face are as clear as water but when required, he can turn into a tsunami. And then there is Ram Charan as Ram, who is defined by fire. He smoulders inside and you don’t want to be anywhere near him when he rages. But when required, he can be a matchstick flame, spreading gentle warmth, like he does when he becomes friends with NTR Jr.

The story is about their friendship – but with a twist. After all, can fire and water really be friends? But both have a mission, which remains separate till the end. The only thing is that both missions involve the British.

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