Star Cast: Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Olivia Morris, Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Alison Doody, Ray Stevenson
Director: SS Rajamouli
RRR is a roaring, rousing, radical mix of genres. Surpassing our expectations set after Baahubali, the epic keeps you engrossed in its magic till the very end and justifies why it took 5 long years. The S.S. Rajamouli creation serves you with myriad goosebump-filled moments – the introduction of characters, the story build-up, the camaraderie between the leads, and emotional turmoil. His inclination to grandeur, perfection, and attention to detail comes alive in every frame of this multi-starrer.
The three hours plus film, a patriotic saga set in British India in the 1920s is a blind spot in history. There might be unbelievable but no dull moments in this action-packed bromance. Both Jr NTR and Ram Charan have portrayed their larger-than-life characters with élan. Their chemistry is flawless and watching the stars in one frame is a treat.
Bheem (Jr. NTR) outshines everyone in the first half and Ram (Ram Charan Teja) dominates the second. Rajamouli once again proves his mettle in keeping the emotional core of his story strong while embellishing it with wow action sequences. His approach to designing, adaptation, and execution of the period drama is astonishing.
At the peak of their power in the 1920s, the British officers forcibly took a tribal village girl – Malli. The bold, brave, and emotional Bheem is the shepherd of the tribe and is determined to bring her back. But there is a mighty Ram, a dedicated British cop having his own secret goal. In pursuit of saving a kid, they develop a deep friendship, which is the major RRR highlight. But what will happen when their motives clash? Will Ram let Bheem go? Will Bheem succeed in saving Malli? What is Ram’s secret goal?
Get your answers on the silver screen. Watch it in 3D if possible for a more pleasurable experience.
(R) Rise, (R) Roar, (R) Revolt has risen in cinemas on 25th March 2022, its magnanimity is roaring, and is a revolutionary commercial-action drama having a tight screenplay. Be it the crowd-bashing opening scene of Ram or the tiger chasing sequence of NTR, you will never run out of thigh-slapping moments in the movie. It is grand in every aspect.
An eagle’s eye is kept on the detailing. I will mention only one here (not to spoil your charm of watching the movie).
Lady Scott gives a whip with many nails to Ram so that he can whack Bheem with it. She wants to see him in a ‘pool of blood’. When she dies, she is wrapped in a bundle of barbed wire, oozing blood.
The story keeps you captivated so much that three hours don’t seem long (except you wait for the interval to take a loo break).
Ram Charan as ‘fiRe’ portrays his angry, fierce, and hotblooded police officer’s character with much flair. You will be in awe of how he is both revered and feared by the British. He emotes intense emotions with his eyes that make you sense that he has locked something painful in his heart.
Jr. NTR is mind-blowing as charming Bheem. He is Rajamouli’s ‘wateR’ – an innocent, sweet, and simple man, who transforms into a crazy, fearless superhero avatar only when it serves his purpose. You will love him, especially when he shies in front of his love interest (Jenny) and is affectionate with Ram.
Their screen presence and action avatars in the film are showcased in the best way possible. You will be in tears with Bheem’s emotional performance. Ram keeps you wondering about his motive while you might dislike him initially for being excessively obedient to the British. There are a few laughs as well whenever Bheem tries to befriend Jenny.
Ajay Devgn is the movie’s surprise. He enters the scene for a little time much after the interval but leaves an impact as he always does. Shriya is impressive in her small role. Alia once again justifies her character even in the little screen time. Olivia wins your heart (just like Jr. NTR’s in the movie). Alison Doody and Ray Stevenson are perfect as merciless antagonists.
Every character has an appropriate storyline. Their underlying emotions are treated with Rajamouli’s prowess. All the characters are given equal importance and they are impactful even in small roles.
You are invited to swallow this delicious concoction of emotions, drama, action, love, and patriotism in a humungous gulp.
Music by M.M. Kreem is smooth and creamy. The background music, especially in the opening credits is deep and delicious.
The peppy ‘Nacho-Nacho’ will make you smile and appreciate the electrifying performances of Bheem and Ram. Choreographer Prem Rakshith deserves much appreciation here. ‘Dosti’ showcases the bond that Bheem and Ram develop. ‘Janani’ and ‘Raamam Raghavan’ are soul-stirring, and ‘Kumoram Bheemudo’ connects us with the angst of Bheem and his tribe. ‘Sholay’ in the closing credits marks itself with foot-tapping music and creative choreography.
HeRoes of Technical Aspects
DVV Danayya’s production is uncompromising. Each and every scene is made grand and spectacular. Senthil Kumar deserves a huge round of applause for making RRR a cinematic marvel. The erstwhile era is showcased splendidly. Meticulous angles capture the best shots. Even in the scenes without much drama or action, he simply used ultra-wide zoom-out aerial shots to bridge the two scenes.
Sabu Cyril’s production design speaks for itself. The sets gave a larger-than-life effect, be it the scene of Bheem’s execution, the British Empire set up, or props.
A Sreekar Prasad’s crisp editing makes you stay glued to the seats for 3 long hours. He has written the most lionized entry sequences for both Jr NTR and Ram Charan.
Rajamouli’s direction is laudable. RRR is among the most emotional and intense movies in Telugu cinema. His out-of-the-box thinking and executing it impactfully deserves a salute. He has presented an unprecedented star aura on-screen with the two lead stars of the movie.
There are several high moments to treasure with myriad high-octane, adrenaline-pumping sequences. RRR compels you to stay engaged and presents a fulfilling movie time. It is a “once more” sort of screen delight. I was more than happy to begin my day with it – the morning show. The Rajamouli genius feels like a cosmic magical act being performed on stage.