RRR 2022

IMDb Ratings: 9.2/10
Genres: Action, Drama
Language: Hindi
Release Year: 2022

Director: S.S. Rajamouli

Stars Cast: N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt

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 RRR Review

The last time director SS Rajamouli was able to entertain the audience was in 2017 with the film Baahubali: The Conclusion. It took him 5 years to make his next film RRR, shoot it and bring it to the silver screen. Removing the multi-star player with Jr NTR and Ram Charan in the lead roles may seem to have accomplished itself. But Rajamouli is able to bring or talk about a story.

The RRR was formed in the 1920s and focused on the lives of two rebels - Alluri Seetharama Raju who carried out an armed campaign against the British and Komaram Bheem of the Gonds who fought against the atrocities of his people. There is no historical evidence that the two ever met or fought together but Rajamouli analyzes history and tells the story of their meeting.

RRR works on a simple basis. There is a 'fire' - an angry policeman, Ramaraju (Ram Charan) who is respected and feared by the British. He has done everything they have been doing for years, he is the one they sing to anyone they want to catch but he is the one who has never been respected enough because of the color of his skin. Then there is the 'water' - sweet, easy, Beem (Jr NTR) who has a brutal power but who only uses it to accomplish his purpose. She is from the Gond tribe who came to town to rescue a little girl named Malli, who was adopted by Lady Scott (Alison Doody), to become a 'on (her)' singing doll. But that is only the beginning of the story.

Rajamouli's new calling cards seem to be building a new world. Because, despite the support of two translators from history, the RRR has a completely fictional story. Delhi 1920s becomes his new cannabis. It is possible that Bheem fought against the Nizam, so much so that one of them saw fit to warn the English that they could not be taken lightly. But you also find shelter with Muslims in Delhi. Ramaraju may look like a well-trained soldier who will follow the instructions blindly but also seems to pass no one but his uncle (Samuthirakani) who knows. Scott (Ray Stevenson) may believe that 'brown garbage' deserves to be thrown away, but Jennifer (Olivia Morris) seems sympathetic. It is not a movement of freedom when you turn the other cheek, it is where you use your hands as weapons.

The first part of the RRR works like a clock. There’s a core for Malli, there’s a song and dance with Naatu Naatu (it will make you smile) and the friendship tested in Dosti, there’s a little laughter whenever Bheem tries to be friends with Jennifer. Cinema freedom is taken but it doesn't seem to be as noticeable as in recent episodes, halfway through the film. The manner in which Ramaraju Sita's son-in-law Sita (Alia Bhatt) is woven into the story, apart from Ram Charan's transformation into another look also seems obligatory in a story that went well with the ship. After the manner in which Beem was suspended without much effort and without much speculation, the manner in which Ramaraju's story unfolds seems daunting. The climax leaves much to be desired. The good thing though is that the film can surprise you. Rajamouli is also able to apply certain tropes set in the first parts of the film in the final parts cleverly.

Silent Rajamouli is able to bring out the very thing people were looking for - a commercial drama, one that will keep you happy - what he is doing. Height also does not seem to be an obstacle, due to the solid screen. VFX in some parts may be better. Jr NTR brings out the best performance of his work. He is as good as Bheem, especially in the muscles and his longing to find Malli goes well, as well as his love for Raraju. Ram Charan is also doing well, bringing soul to the changes his character is going through. The roles of Tarak and Charan require them to have chemistry, which they do. Alia Bhatt, Olivia Morris, Samuthirakani, Ajay Devgn, Sriya Saran and others played their roles well. Especially Olivia has managed to win your heart. Alison and Ray blow the whistle on their roles. Keeravani’s OST film may not be for everyone but he does well with BGM. Senthil's camera work is also a pleasure.

RRR is designed for large screen viewing. Cinematography and visual beauty paint the whole frame in a brilliant way. Oodles of flamboyance is something one has come to expect from Rajamouli now. The background effect strikes a chord with unrelenting urgency and repetition, embarrassing and self-defeating. It makes us numb with movement but over time as the speed fluctuates slightly, the fun also decreases.

RRR is perfect by any means because after the way Rajamouli delivers certain scenes, he wonders if he has done a better job for others. But watch this weekend if you have been longing for a drama full of good deeds. Especially if you are a fan of the leading duo.