Even months after its theatrical premiere, the director of the magnum opus RRR, one of India’s highest-grossing movies ever and currently enjoying a strong run in Japan, is still perplexed as to why the movie is so well-received abroad, particularly in the West. SS Rajamouli has claimed that he believes RRR’s streak is “unbelievable” and “unstoppable.” Also read: RRR surpasses Baahubali 2 to earn 17.9 crores, making it the fastest Indian movie to make more than JPY 300 million in Japan.
RRR, a fictional tale set in the 1920s before India became independent, was released in theaters in March. It is based on the lives of two actual heroes and well-known revolutionaries, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem. Jr. NTR played Bheem, while Ram Charan played Ram. RRR is now enjoying a successful run in Japan, where it has overtaken Rajinikanth’s Muthu as the second-highest-grossing Indian movie of all time. RRR is now availble in Hindi on Netflix .
SS Rajamouli spoke candidly about the massive success of RRR and its extended run in an interview with Screen Daily. It’s incredible. When we release a movie, everything usually wraps up within a month, but not with RRR. It appears impossible to stop,” stated SS Rajamouli.
“I’m trying to figure out why westerners enjoy the movie so much,” he continued. According to what I’ve seen on social media, it combines unabashed super-heroism with unexpected transitions between action, romance, comedy, dancing, and action. But in India, this is how we tell stories. Everyone can find something.
The audience responded quite well to the movie when it was recently screened at TCL Chinese Theatre. The 932 seats at the theatre were sold out in 20 minutes, according to a Deadline story. The movie made $21,000 from the single showing, bringing its total box office revenue since its re-release to $221,156.
Heavy hitters in Hollywood including Scott Derrickson, James Gunn, Danny DeVito, Edgar Wright, Russo Brothers, and more have recently praised RRR. Hollywood veteran Danny Devito recently discussed the movie in an interview with India Today, saying, “A few days ago, I watched RRR… it was really good!