Interview: ‘RRR’ Academy Award nominees M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose Discuss “Naatu Naatu” and Collaborating with S.S. Rajamouli

I think I have already made my case for S.S. Rajamouli‘s RRR. And now that it has an Oscar nomination, I can rest peacefully.

It’s almost been a year since the film released in theatres and took the world by storm. Now, it has an Oscar nomination, something that many thought in a million years wouldn’t happen. But the power of Rajamouli’s film is so spectacular that Hollywood embraced it with open arms, with some of our best artists such as J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, Hideo Kojima, Edgar Wright, Jessica Chastain, James Gunn, Scott Derrickson and many more.

Spielberg recently spoke to S.S. Rajamouli for The Fabelmans‘ Indian release, and praised the film as amazing: “I couldn’t believe my eyes. For me, it was like eye-candy. It’s got a beautiful visual style and I just thought it was extraordinary to look at.”

The fact that it had this much success and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for “Naatu Naatu” surprised composer M.M. Keeravani, who expected the film to be “a crossover success in terms of getting Indian audiences from all over the world. But western audience appreciating this movie is beyond my expectations, but it’s amazing.”

Lyricist Chandrabose also did not expect the song to be this successful, because his “primary goal is to satisfy Mr. Rajamouli garu and Keeravani garu. That was the main goal for the song. But the fact that the song got so much appreciation for all over the world and from all types of people was something that I did not expect.”

During my conversation with Keeravani and Chandrabose, we briefly touched upon the success of the film and the song, alongside its impact on the world. For Keeravani, RRR is “is all about larger than life situations, emotions and characters. The characters live among us, they belong to us, but still carry emotions, goals, convictions and ideologies. The film is entertaining with lots of physical action scenes and tricky designing from the director. It’s a high energy drama with lots of entertainment and emotion.”

You can check out the full video below and stream RRR in Hindi on Netflix or in Telugu on Zee5:


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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