SS Rajamouli, the director of the 'Baahubali' duology, is back with an epic period drama. 'RRR' was undoubtedly one of the most-awaited films this year, especially for the fans of Junior NTR and Ram Charan.
While Jr NTR is the grandson of former chief minister and film star NTR, Ram Charan is the son of Telugu actor Chiranjeevi. The two scions coming together on the big screen is a huge boost to their fans.
RRR is an acronym for 'Roudram Ranam Rudhiram' in Telugu. The makers have decided to use 'Rise Roar Revolt' in the Hindi version.
The movie's plot, as the trailer points to, is about a young tribal girl being taken by the British and the tribe uniting to get her back under the leadership of Bheem (Jr NTR). However, his friend and police officer Ram (Ram Charan) is a stumbling block to achieving this aim.
Bheem and Ram are portrayed as water and fire and 'RRR' is all about a battle between them and how they unite to fight the British.
Though the characters are based on freedom fighters Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, the story is entirely fictitious. Rajamouli loves mythology and the characters also assume traits from their namesakes in Ramayana and Mahabharata. While Ram is the noble leader, Bheem is an embodiment of brute force.
And when fire and water unite, it is an easy task to deliver the knockout punch to the empire.
While the first half is dedicated to the struggles of Bheem, in the second half comes Ajay Devgn's guest appearance, and along with it the story of Ram.
Alia Bhatt, quite obviously named Sita, plays the lover of Ram and Hollywood actor Olivia Morris is the romantic interest of Bheem. Though both the ladies have very little screen time, they make the most of their brief reel outings.
Ray Stevenson and Alison Doody, who don the roles of a British governor and his wife in Delhi, have done a splendid job in portraying a heartless and evil empire.
Besides a captivating plot, Hollywood stunt director Nick Powell has created high-octane action sequences. However, the best part is in how Rajamouli attains the balance and chemistry between Ram Charan and Jr NTR. Whether it is a dance sequence or action scene, these actors are always placed in such a way that one outdoes the other.
Rajamouli's direction, combined with Senthil Kumar's cinematography and production design by Sabu Cyril makes RRR a grandiose visual feast.
Rajamouli's trusted musician MM Keeravani's songs were a hit even before the movie released. The song 'Naatu Naatu' and its dance steps choreographed by Prem Rakshit is a huge hit on social media.
RRR is a visual spectacle and a 100 per cent entertainer that needs to be enjoyed in theatres.