Filmmaker SS Rajamouli talks about the viral success of his recent film, period epic RRR after its release on Netflix. The film – starring Jr NTR and Ram Charan – broke box office records in India after its theatrical release in March, but was discovered by Western audiences – especially in the US – after it debuted on streaming.
In talks with brothers Joe and Anthony Russo on the heels of the release of their action film gray man, Rajamouli was asked about the crossover success of RRR. He said that while he appreciates Netflix for showing interest in the film, he has one major complaint with the streamer.
He said, “First of all, I am really annoyed with Netflix because they only took the Hindi version and not the rest four (languages). That’s why I have a complaint with them. But yes, I was surprised by the reception from western countries. A good story Everyone has a good story, but I didn’t think I could make a film for western sensibilities. I never believed in myself. So, when it came on Netflix and people started watching it and when Critics started giving good reviews then word of mouth started pouring in… I was really surprised and it wouldn’t have been possible without Netflix, and for that, I have a lot of respect for them.”
RRR is available in a dubbed Hindi version on Netflix, but the original Telugu and other language versions are available on ZEE5. RRR Hollywood’s big directors have supported it Like James Gunn and Scott Derrickson. Even Joe Russo talked a lot about the film.
RRR, which narrated a fictional story about two freedom fighters – Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitarama Raju – grossed over Rs 1100 crore worldwide. It remains the second highest Indian film of the year at the box office after KGF: Chapter 2. The Gray Man debuted on Netflix earlier this month to mixed reviews and phenomenal viewership.