RRR Director, SS Rajamouli: To save cinemas, we have to deliver

Of all the blockbusters released in 2022, few have swept audiences quite like the directors S.S. Rajamouli’s $$$$. Since its release in March, the Telugu-language thriller drama, which depicts the victories of Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem in superhero style, has become the fourth highest-grossing Indian film of all time and a hit worldwide. Globalism. The saga has toured the US, Europe and Asia, mesmerizing audiences with its unique blend of fight sequences, dance numbers, unflinching drama and movie star performances. There is nothing quite like it $$$$, evidenced by sold-out screenings, raucous audiences, and questions from the industry about how the film’s energy was depleted. Not surprisingly, earlier this year, Rajamouli was signed by a US agency eyeing a Hollywood project.

$$$$ It justifies the big screen experience at a time when the future of the big screen experience is no less clear. So we wondered, what will movies and cinemas look like in the next 10 years? How do they survive?

To celebrate Polygon’s 10th anniversary, we’re putting up a special issue: Next 10, a consideration of gaming and entertainment that would become over the next decade from some of our favorite artists and writers. Here, Rajamouli reflects on his success $$$$, The importance of theatrical performance and what it really takes to blow the roof off the auditorium.


Cinema is like a temple. The other day, I went to the Music Box Theater in Chicago, and I almost broke into tears. It was an amazing feeling. I never imagined I’d be there with him $$$$but also, this was exactly what I had always imagined.

For me, theater comes first. But what does the future hold for cinemas? I’d like to think they’ll thrive and prosper, even though it doesn’t seem like it at the moment. When you watch a movie in a theater, it’s not just about the movie itself, and it’s not even about the high-quality picture or surround sound. It’s about a communal experience – you experience a certain emotion with a lot of other people. There’s a kind of theater synergy that doesn’t happen in your home or on the go on a personal device. The experience cannot be replicated, and while OTTs can offer competition, they will strive because there is no other option.

The fear of cinema disappearing is omnipresent. Post-pandemic, we’ve seen a decrease in people coming to theaters, not just in the US, not just in India, but all over the world. But we’re also seeing growing numbers as the fear of the pandemic slowly fades away. There are still kids who grow up watching entertainment on their personal devices, and getting them to the stage is a challenge – but the global industry has to accept that. he is a challenge. We really have to think about how we get them into theatres. We need to think in terms of filmmakers. We need exhibitors to think about how to make the environment more attractive for them to come and see the film. We need to do these exercises. Just hoping it doesn’t help.

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These days, American and Indian cinemas are about 99% similar. But one major difference, at least for my films, is that we have an intermission. We split the movie into two parts. And every movie, be it small or big, has a break in the middle that allows people to go out and rest for a while and then come back to finish the rest. It doesn’t happen in the United States and many places around the world, but there are many advantages to a hangout: Yes, people can go out and stretch their legs, go to the bathroom, buy soda or popcorn, but what else happens when you go out with your friends or family? She talks about what happened in the first half of the movie. I know if there are things you missed, your friends will talk about it, and you’ll have a discussion about what happened in the movie up to that point. This puts the audience in a more engaged state of mind to come back and watch the second half.

Movies don’t have to be long to be theater worthy. my shortest movie, Maryada Ramana, which was about 2 hours 10 minutes, there was a break. The story, characters and setting demands the right. As filmmakers, we always try to make it shorter. If everything I have on paper is put on film, then $$$$ It will be a three-hour, 45-minute movie instead of just three hours.

There is a fear that cinemas will become outdated, but to be honest, I never worried about whether people would come to them. $$$$ or not. This fear was not there. We have movie stars 35 or 40 years back and in Telugu industry we have made many movie stars since then. We knew as a team that people would come because of the venue and that the two stars, Ram Charan and Jr., are getting together. Movie stars still bring audiences to theaters.

Let me speak for myself: If you just give me one shot at Tom Cruise in some kind of action sequence, I’ll go and watch the movie, whatever it is. Whether it is the Mission: Impossible series or the Top Gun series. This is star power and large scale action. These two reasons are enough. Tom Cruise’s work is enough. I am sure this is the case for many people around the world. We need movie stars.

But $$$$ It also offers a slightly different procedure than what we presented today. Hollywood movies themselves have become more stylish over the years. Every skill is highly developed. What is lacking, however, is the audience’s emotional involvement as the event occurs. If you take brave heart or wrestler or even Black PantherBig action sets have lots and lots of drama up until those points. and even Across This work, we see the drama happen. This seems to be missing in current Hollywood films. This technology has evolved to a mind-bogglingly cool level, but one of the reasons I love it Top Gun: Maverick Is that I feel emotionally towards the character. Tom Cruise gets me on stage, but in the movie, Maverick makes me feel him.

Some things like this were running through my mind as we were developing $$$$. One example is that we were talking and planning a crucial action scene, where our hero, Bheem, gets out of a truck with an army of caged animals, right from the start. This scene is the moment when the two friends realize that they have been pitted against each other and that they are going to fight. We’ve built up to that moment from the start — in two or three scenes, we know these two heroes are traveling in opposite directions. Then we build a friendship between them, while they don’t know who they really are. The public expects this ticking time bomb to explode. So when that happens, when the heroes realize we’re up against each other, we have the potential to be a very nice piece of work with the right cinematic grammar.

Bhim, a bearded Indian man, strains himself as he grabs a noose of a net while holding a tiger, snarling at him in the hope that he will bite him in the

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I always think action enhances drama and drama enhances action—they both help the other. So everything is set up for me up to this point – now I just need to get into a position where I’m creating an explosive moment visually.

I thought of it this way: Fahim has come to Delhi, not his normal place, and he will face a very powerful enemy. He needs help, so where would he get help that would make for explosive moments? Since he is a tribal person who lives in the forest and keeps animals, he must know how to hunt them. He can bring in animals and wreak havoc. This is how we can get an action sequence, but we need to visualize it. So the first interaction between animals must begin with a bang. We don’t want the first tiger to come sneaky, and then we show number two, number three. This is a movie and the dam must burst. I need this kind of moment.

Musical sequences are not different. We have had the tradition of singing and dancing in Hindi cinema for a long time, and people are much more receptive to it. But just in case $$$$I even hit a snag: I’m talking about freedom fighters. Although this fictional novel is about these two freedom fighters, we are still talking about Rama Raju and Kumaram Bhim. For them, doing a dance number isn’t easy – they can’t just dance together. It must be set up. There must be some kind of requirement on men to do that. So, in my opinion, I thought I needed a work piece there. And because they can’t reveal their identities, the work piece can be fun. So even though it’s a dance number, it’s also a competition that they’re having with the Brits, so it doesn’t seem strange. And there is a reason for that. It’s a party scene, Bheem is coming there to befriend the girl so he can do his job, he gets insulted, his friend helps him, so it’s not strange at all for the audience.

Could this work in Hollywood movies? Do people believe avengers Not possible dance? I love to see the avengers dance.

Bhim and Ram danced on the red carpet in front of an English palace

But this thinking can come all over the place. I’m pretty sure if we had a great comedy, and you laugh every five minutes, even if it had a very small budget and no stars in it, people would come into theaters and see the movie. And we need those movies. If people only come to theaters for a few types of movies and not the rest, the industry will not survive.

For all my thoughts, there are things I want to learn from Hollywood. The reason why any director around the world wants to do Hollywood blockbusters is the kind of reach the story has. Hollywood movies are the biggest movies that reach the largest audiences, and any narrator would like that. I’ve been shooting movies for the last 20 years in a certain way. I learned, perhaps, a certain way. So I’m exploring how I can learn the technical methodologies, techniques or skills of the Hollywood process, to see if I can improve my films and make myself a better filmmaker. We all need to be open in this way.

But the one thing that will always be true is this. If I think of a scene, the first thing that comes to mind is a question: What makes me excited? And when pictures begin to appear, when pictures begin to form in my head, I imagine at the same time that the scene is being played out in a theatre, full of people. I will always imagine how a certain scene, a certain sequence, a song, a fight, anything It will entertain the audience. This is our business.

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