A quick review of RRR
Someone on Twitter said that RRR is going to be India’s entry for the Oscars this year. In our effort to avoid watching Bollywood movies these days my wife and I watch South Indian movies. Another reason for watching RRR was because the makers (Rajmouli et al.) of Bahubali have made it and we expected the same visual celebration that we saw in both Bahubali 1 and 2.
As was the case with Bahubali, you don’t watch RRR for cerebral satisfaction. Most of the stuff that happens in the movie is beyond logic. Just like Bahubali the movie is full of hyperbolic theatrics and over-hero worship. Nonetheless, when it comes to visuals, dance, action, and computer graphics, I don’t think Bollywood can ever match movies like RRR.
The backdrop of RRR is the British India. The British are the super villains. There are two heroes in the movie, one played by Ram Charan and the other by Jr. NTR. Ram Charan plays a cop called Ram who seems to do every bid for his British Masters due to some unknown compulsion. Jr. NTR plays Bheem, a warrior from the Gond tribe who is in search of a small girl that has been abducted by the wife of a British Governor. Both the characters are introduced via their muscle power — Ram single-handedly fighting a mob of freedom fighters to arrest a single person wanted by his British officer and Bheem tackling a tiger and a wolf bare hand at the same time in a jungle.
Both the characters in the film draw their inspiration from two real-life heroes: Alluri Sitarama Raju who actually fought the British by conducting raids on police stations to acquire firearms and Komaran Bheem, a revolutionary leader and a guerrilla fighter from the Gond tribe.
There are two reasons for the movie to have the name RRR. One is the actual name “Rise, Roar, Revolt” and the other is the coming together of the three superstars SS Rajmouli, Ram Charan, and N.T. Rama Rao Jr.
In terms of plot and storyline the movie is not grand as Bahubali. The journeys of both the main characters are legendary and noble but the characters themselves are not deep. Everything is super about them — the way they fight, the way they dance, or the way they recover even from injuries that would kill a normal person. In the end they can’t resist even showing the British Governor pulling one or two stunts of his own to show how formidable he is.
You will enjoy watching the movie for its visuals, cinematography, and computer-generated action scenes. Don’t use your brain much.
To lure in Hindi audience they have also thrown in Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgan.