Filmmaker SS Rajamouli recently spoke about how he thought only friends of NRIs in the US would watch his epic drama RRR. The filmmaker recently featured as a guest on the show, Late Night with Seth Meyers. On the show, Seth asked him if the audience’s response in the US was exciting to him. (Also Read | Here’s how SS Rajamouli, Ram Charan, Jr NTR jumped with joy at RRR win. Watch)
Rajamouli replied, “Exciting is an understatement. We are on top of the world. I essentially make films for Indians in India and across the globe. When we started getting appreciation from the west, our initial thought was that, ‘These guys must be the friends of our Indians who went to watch the film’.”
“Then as it started increasing when celebrities, story writers, film directors started tweeting about it, talking about it on social media. They started championing the film by word of mouth. We thought, ‘Okay, this is growing much more’. Then it released on Netflix and it was on the top 10 list for 15 consecutive weeks. It released in Japan, it’s still running in Japan. It is the highest-grossing Indian film ever in Japan. Oh my God,” he added.
RRR is a fictional story based on the lives of two freedom fighters, Alluri Seetharama Raju and Komaram Bheem. Ram Charan played Alluri Seetharama Raju and Jr NTR played Komaram Bheem in the film. RRR collected over ₹1200 crore worldwide. Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, and Shriya Saran also starred in the film.
On Tuesday night, RRR’s song Naatu Naatu won a Golden Globe Award. Composed by music director MM Keeravaani, and sung by Kala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj, with lyrics by Chandrabose, Naatu Naatu was declared Best Original Song at the 80th Golden Globe Awards.
After the historic win, Rajamouli took to Twitter and thanked everyone for showering abundant love on the RRR team. He wrote, “SPEECHLESS..Music truly knows no boundaries. Congratulations & thank you PEDDANNA for giving me #NaatuNaatu. This one is special. I thank each and every fan across the globe for shaking their leg and making it popular ever since the release of #GoldenGlobes.”
Naatu Naatu, a dance number featuring stars Jr NTR and Ram Charan, was competing against Taylor Swift’s Carolina from Where the Crawdads Sing, Ciao Papa from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Lady Gaga’s Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, and Lift Me U from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, performed by Rihanna. Rajamouli’s directorial was also nominated in the Best Non-English Language Film category but lost it to Argentina, 1985.