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DVV Entertainments’ RRR (dubbed from the Telugu film of the same name; UA) is a fictional period drama set in 1920 and woven around two real-life revolutionaries. Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) is a freedom fighter who works for the Britishers ruling India. He is such a fearless officer that Scott (Ray Stevenson) gives him the task of carrying out the punishment pronounced for Bheem for having committed a ‘crime’. Komaram Bheem (Jr. NTR) commits the ‘crime’ because he has a purpose — to free Malli, a little girl of his Gond tribe, captured by Lady Scott (Alison Doody). Bheem is also fearless to the core. What happens to Sitarama Raju, Bheem and Malli forms the crux of the drama.
V. Vijayendra Prasad has written an outstanding story based on two real-life characters. The story has so many layers and so many twists and turns that one can’t help but marvel at Prasad’s genius. The tone of the story is set pretty fast without beating around the bush. S.S. Rajamouli’s screenplay is absolutely splendid and also exhilarating. It encompasses all the emotions — love, laughter, friendship, romance, brotherhood, hatred, sacrifice, etc. The screenplay is so beautifully written that it is difficult to find a fault in it. In fact, it would not be incorrect to say that Rajamouli’s drama is a textbook in screenplay writing. There are plenty of scenes in which the audience will go wild with excitement and not tire of clapping, whistling and applauding for their sheer conceptualisation. Examples of such scenes are the introductory scene of Sitarama Raju, the introductory scene of Jr. NTR, the scene in which Sitarama Raju and Bheem save the boy from being killed in an explosion, the scene in which Bheem invades the mansion to free Malli, the scene in which Bheem saves Malli, the scene in which Bheem locates Sitarama Raju before the climax, the entire climax sequence, etc. The scene in which Jr. NTR saves the life of the snake-bitten Sitarama Raju is heart-rending. The scenes of confrontation and friendship between Bheem and Sitarama Raju are first-rate. The first half moves like a bullet and absolutely floors the viewers. There may be a section of the audience which feels that the post-interval portion drags a bit but frankly, it doesn’t. The grammar of the screenplay is so correct that the slowing of the pace in the second half was needed for the climax to be impactful. And the climax is indeed excellently written. The shot in the climax, in which Sitarama Raju appears in a different avatar will drive people mad with excitement and is bound to be met with deafening applause in the cinema halls. Not just that, the master writers have added a touch of mythology so cleverly in the climax that the ladies audience will tremble with excitement. Riya Mukherjee’s dialogues are superb.
Ram Charan lives the role of Alluri Sitarama Raju. His acting is flawless and it would seem, he was born to play the role. He looks dashing, shines with a mature performance and mesmerises in action and stunt scenes. His dances are graceful to the core. Jr. NTR is wonderful in the role of Komaram Bheem. He is an ace actor and shines in emotional scenes and romantic ones too. In stunts and action scenes, he is just superb, like Ram Charan. His dances too are terrific. Actually, it is sheer delight to watch the two dance together. Ajay Devgan makes a huge impact in a brief role. Alia Bhatt looks extremely beautiful and shines in a brief role as Sita. Olivia Morris looks an ethereal beauty and makes her presence beautifully felt as Jennifer. Ray Stevenson makes an intimidating villain, Scott. Alison Doody leaves a wonderful mark as Lady Scott. She is so realistic in the pre-climax that the viewers would want to hurl abuses at her. Twinkle Sharma leaves a fantastic mark as Malli. Shriya Saran lends able support in a tiny role. Samuthirakani has his moments. Chatrapathi Sekhar, Rahul Ramakrishna and Makarand Deshpande provide excellent support as Bheem’s bosom pals. Edward Sonnenblick shines in the role of Edward. Varun Buddhadev is endearing as young Ramaraju. Chakri and Spandan Chaturvedi (as young Sita) are natural. Anjum (as Malli’s mother) is lovely. Rajeev Kanakala and Arun Sagar lend very good support. Others do as desired.
S.S. Rajamouli’s direction is so outstanding that the film becomes a textbook in filmmaking. His narration and presentation are so extraordinary that they keep the audience involved right from the start till the end, not giving them even a moment to think. M.M. Keeravani’s music is excellent. The ‘Nacho nacho’ song is super-hit and will prompt crazy fans to get up from their seats and dance in the aisles. The other songs are also extremely melodious. Lyrics (Riya Mukherjee and Varun Grover) are rich and meaningful. Prem Rakshit’s choreography deserves distinction marks. The dance steps are difficult but delightful. It’s actually a visual treat to see Jr. NTR and Ram Charan dance together on the screen. They set the screen on fire. M.M. Keeravani’s background music deserves not distinction but full marks. His score underlines what impact background music can have on different kinds of scenes. It heightens the emotions, and adds greatly to the thrill element and the drama. K.K. Senthil Kumar’s cinematography is marvellous. The film is a veritable visual treat. V. Srinivas Mohan’s supervision of the visual effects need to be lauded. Nick Powell is another hero of the film because his choreography of the action and stunt scenes is phenomenal. He very smartly sets the tone for the action and stunts (as also for the film) right in the two introductory scenes of the two heroes so that the viewers can simply not question the unreal thrills and would instead believe in them. Sabu Cyril’s production designing is excellent. Production values are beyond grand. A. Sreekar Prasad needs to be heaped with praises for his super-sharp editing. Dubbing is wonderful.
On the whole, RRR is a blockbuster of epic proportions. It will roar at the box-office.
Released on 25-3-’22 at Inox (daily 11 shows) and other cinemas of Bombay thru Pen Marudhar Cine Entertainment. Publicity: grand. Opening: excellent. …….Also released all over. Opening was good at places and excellent at others. …….The original Telugu and dubbed Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam versions have also been simultaneously released to fantastic response.