SS Rajamouli’s RRR opened in theatres on March 25 and went on to emerge as a blockbuster at the box office. It received tremendous critical acclaim, with critics lauding its technical brilliance and engaging screenplay. Many even demanded that it be selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars 2023. This, however, did not happen as that honor went to Chhello Show, a Gujarati movie. Rajamouli fans are, unsurprisingly, not happy about the fact that his magnum opus failed to make the cut. RRR is a period drama, starring Jr NTR and Ram Charan.
The Gujarati film is said to be partly an autobiographical drama that follows nine-year-old boy Samay, whose life turns upside down after watching his first movie. Nalin is known for his visually striking body of work in films like ‘Samsara’, ‘Valley of Flowers’ and ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’.
Earlier, when Anupam Kher was asked to comment on Anurag Kashyap’s comment that he hopes The Kashmir Files is not picked as India’s entry at the Oscars, Kher first refused to comment and then said, “Kaun hai woh, kaun hai Anurag Kashyap?” sarcastically as he added that this is what the media wanted to listen.
‘Last Film Show’, comes as a dark horse in this race for Oscar glory, especially at a time when Rajamouli’s RRR was tipped to be a worthy competitor not just in the Best Foreign Film category, but even a frontrunner in the Best Film and Best Director categories. The film which took the world by storm with a smashing Rs 200 crore debut and a lifetime collection of over Rs 1100 crore, was expected to help the country strike gold at the Oscars.
Fans are tweeting about SS Rajamouli’s RRR, starring Jr NTR and Ram Charan, with the hashtag ‘RRR for Oscars’. While stating that the film should be selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars next year, some are making their case by saying it was not only a pan-India hit, but was also praised in the West, even by Hollywood filmmakers.