RRR filmmaker SS Rajamouli reacts to claims that film showed British in poor light: ‘It’s not a history lesson.
RRR, directed by SS Rajamouli, not only became a box office success in India but also won praise from western audiences, including numerous Hollywood writers and filmmakers. However, the movie also enraged some people in the UK since it portrayed Brits as the bad guys. SS Rajamouli recently observed that his movie nonetheless enjoyed popularity in Britain despite these criticisms, thanks to his audience viewing it with an eye for a story and not a history lesson.
The 1920s, when India was still under the British Raj, serve as the setting for the film RRR, which stars Jr. NTR and Ram Charan as the real-life revolutionaries Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitaraman, respectively. It recounts the crimes performed by the British during the colonial era and features Ray Stevenson as the antagonist Governor Scott Buxton.
Rajamouli discussed how well-received RRR was in the UK despite portraying the British in a negative light at a Q&A session following a screening of the movie in the US. The filmmaker said, as per the Indian Express report, “At the beginning of the film you see the disclaimer card. Even if you miss it, it’s not a history lesson. It’s a story. The audience in general understands it. If a British is playing the villain, they understand that I am not saying all the Britishers are villains. If my heroes are Indians, they understand that all Indians are heroes.”
He added, “In this film, a particular guy is a villain and a particular guy is a hero. They automatically understand. They may not be knowledgeable about everything but their emotional intelligence is very high. Once we understand that as a storyteller, we don’t have to worry about other peripheral things.”
As rumors circulate that RRR could receive an Oscar nomination, making history as the first Indian film to do so since Lagaan (2001), SS Rajamouli is currently attending RRR screenings in the United States.