RRR: SS Rajamouli talks about impact of film in West, says ‘I’m still trying…’

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SS Rajamouli’s RRR worked wonders in Indian cinema and also in the west, especially in the United States. On its digital debut there, the film received praise from viewers, critics and even other filmmakers. Many have even predicted that it will be an Oscar frontrunner. In response to Western audiences’ enthusiasm for his film, Rajamouli has stated that he was taken aback.

The director recently spoke at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on a variety of topics, including his future film with Mahesh Babu and his past successes, RRR and the Baahubali. The director spoke about the international reception of his films in a video from his TIFF Industry Session posted on Twitter by the festival’s official account.

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Speaking of Baahubali, SS Rajamouli said, “We have Indians scattered around the world and when we make movies we make them for Indians, including the diaspora. Baahubali was the same. The extra mileage we got for Baahubali was in Japan. It did well to some extent.Even though I believed that my stories can cross the borders of my states, I never thought they would cross the borders of India.So when Baahubali was doing well in Japan, I thought maybe our sensitivities be comparable.”

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Rajamouli said of the impact of film in the West: “Never ever [had] I expected RRR to do well with western audiences. I didn’t even want to. When RRR was released [in the West],,I started to get the reactions, I thought there might be a few. Then there were only a few hundreds and hundreds became thousands and movie people from different fields raved about RRR, I realized something I never knew about myself or my movies. I’m still trying to understand it to be very honest.”

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