NTR Jr Talks ‘RRR’ Experience With S.S. Rajamouli

January 7, 2022 is a date awaited with feverish anticipation both by the public attending Indian cinema and by the film industry of the subcontinent in general. It’s the scheduled release date for the blockbuster “RRR.”

“RRR” will be director SS Rajamouli’s first project after the “Baahubali” films (2015 and 2017), which together grossed a whopping $ 330 million. It is also the first film premiere since 2018’s “Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava” for Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr., popularly known as NTR Jr, one of the biggest stars of the Telugu-language film industry in India.

The star is named after her grandfather, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, or NTR, an actor, filmmaker, and politician who was a prominent figure throughout her life and has left a lasting legacy. NTR Jr debuted in his grandfather’s mythological film “Brahmarshi Vishwamitra” (1991) as a child actor.

“RRR,” a period action drama, is NTR Jr.’s 29th film. He plays a freedom fighter, Komaram Bheem, who fought Hyderabad’s Nizam and his journey juxtaposes that of Alluri Sitarama Raju, played by Ram Charan, who rebelled against the colonial British.

NTR Jr describes the “RRR” journey, which began in November 2018 as a “difficult journey” with pauses as India went through pandemic lockdowns. “It really took a lot of dedication, and it went day after day,” the actor said. Variety on the process of physical and mental preparation for the role.

Among the first images released for “RRR” is a song, which NTR Jr reveals was filmed in Kiev, Ukraine, as the pandemic meant that it could not be filmed in India and also, there was a requirement for white dancers. The song features matching steps from NTR Jr and Ram Charan in perfect sync.

“We were doing take after take, the steps where the leg goes left, right, back and forth, which took us 15 to 18 takes to perfect,” said NTR Jr. “He [Rajamouli] I was so hell-bent on the two of us to be in sync, I used to record the pace, back up, take a step, freeze it, watch the legs move, watch the hands move, do they move in sync or not? “

The actor questioned why his director was being so adamant about achieving synchronization and why they were filming 12 hours a day to achieve it. “When the song was released and I was watching it online, I was seeing people’s comments and everyone was talking about the timing. I called him up and said, ‘How do you know this?’ He’s a foreman. And that is why he is one of the most important directors in India, and today, the song is viral. “

The song, which has been viewed on YouTube more than 26 million times so far, is just one indicator of the weight of anticipation popular talent in India must handle before a major release.

“Anticipation and expectation is something that we’ll have to deal with, and being associated with Rajamouli, you know this person won’t go wrong,” says NTR Jr. “This guy hasn’t really let people down with his expectations, no it matters what they are. “

The actor’s journey with his director began in 2001 with the coming-of-age film “Student No. 1,” NTR Jr’s second film as an adult lead, and Rajamouli’s first feature film. The film was a resounding success and paved the way for successful careers for both of them.

“I think we never dreamed of reaching a stage like this, every movie was an advantage,” said NTR Jr. “Each success helped us to strengthen our goal, our vision or the desire to stay a little longer in the industry. By achieving ‘Baahubali’ and doing ‘RRR’ today, it is a Cinderella story for us. It has been a fantastic trip. “

“You can’t plan it, you can be a good actor, but being a star is a by-product of being a good actor to me,” adds NTR Jr.

NTR Jr, SS Rajamouli
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The actor’s next step is a project currently known as “NTR 30”, which reunites him with his “Janatha Garage” director, Koratala Siva. NTR Jr reveals that the film is a revenge drama and will begin production in February 2022. The actor will also work with filmmaker Prashant Neel, who directed the masterpiece “KGF” (2018), on a project called “NTR 31.” . NTR Jr says the film will be on the “KGF” scale and will begin production in October 2022.

Meanwhile, “RRR,” which also stars Bollywood actors Ajay Dvgn and Alia Bhatt, is looming. “People have started to arrive little by little in theaters. I wouldn’t say it’s like a 100% turnover, but it’s better than before, ”said NTR Jr.“ It’s going to take time for people to start feeling safe again. And little by little, film by film, it will rise, it is what I expected. So by the time ‘RRR’ opens on January 7, this is one of those movies that will really bring movie glory back to theaters. “

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