RRR, S.S. Rajamoulis' sprawling Tollywood epic about the unlikely friendship between two Indian revolutionaries, has become a Netflix sensation. From intricate choreographed dance numbers and CGI lions to countless meme-able bromance moments, the film has exceeded everyone's expectations.
Rajamouli said in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly that I was surprised by the West's reaction. I knew I could make films for Western sensibilities, but I never believed myself. So when it came out on Netflix, people started watching it, word of mouth began spreading, and critics began giving out good reviews, yes.
The remarks were made as part of a conversation between Rajamouli and Joe and Anthony Russo, who recently directed The Gray Man for Netflix. The three men are responsible for some of the greatest films of the century so far, and they discussed the difficulties and benefits of large-scale filmmaking.
Anthony Russo said that over the past decade, action films have become more popular. And while certain things like comedy aren't as popular as they once were, I think that's due to the fact that action is a language that connects the global audience in a strong way.
The Russo Brothers clearly believe that Rajamouli is a gifted communicator of global action, as both had nothing but praise for his RRR work.
Joe Russo believes that what makes [RRR] so special is the emotion it evokes, combined with the spectacle. And in five years, [digital distribution] has probably done more for diversity and access to diverse and international films than Hollywood has done in 50 years.