(This article is authored by Alar)
RRR. The magnum opus by SS Rajamouli, starring Ram Charan and Jr NTR as two legendary freedom fighters, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, set the screens on fire with its grandeur, action and emotion, on March 25, 2022, the whole world witnessed the release of one of the most ambitious and spectacular films ever made. The film not only received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, but also shattered several box office records across the globe.
RRR became the first Indian film to cross the 1200 crore mark worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of all time. The film also achieved a historic feat by winning an Oscar for the Best Original Song for its upbeat track, 'Naatu Naatu' composed by MM Keeravani.
As RRR completes one year of its glorious journey, SS Rajamouli’s son and associate producer SS Karthikeya took to Instagram to share his joy and gratitude. He wrote a heartfelt note, thanking the cast, crew and fans for making this film a distinctive experience.
The long penned note read, "Today is deeply emotional as it marks the completion of 1 year since the release of RRR and the most glorious 365 days of uninterrupted celebrations. Cut back to 2107, the very idea of featuring two of the country’s biggest stars in one film sparked immense excitement in me and among everyone. Among the number of mind-bending sequences in the movie, one sequence which stood out and created a wave across the globe is ‘Naatu Naatu’,"
"We all were obviously expecting a dance number, but I sure wasn’t able to imagine the context and the ‘HOW’. When Baba narrated the face-off sequence and the set-up, I was psyched out of my mind. As a crew member, I couldn't wait to show this to everyone on the big screen and simultaneously, as an audience, I couldn't wait to watch it on the big screen!"
"This power-packed dance number was like a movie by itself for me. Keeravaani Babai's messy and electrifying tunes coupled with Bhairava's final touch to the programming gave us goosebumps. After being energised by the magic of the audio,( programmed by Jeevan garu and Siddhu and sung by bhairava and Rahul) began the visual rampage of Prem Master"
"Once our brilliant actors My Tarak Anna and My brother Charan entered the sets, we quickly realised something big was in the making. Their blazing dance, the magical choreography, the pulsating music, and the overall vibe, the way all the elements complemented each other, made us believe that the theatres were going to be on fire. Without a Doubt!"
He then extended his gratitude to the film's devoted audience. He concluded his note to the team by writing, "They say teamwork makes the dream work! But when the dream is a wild passion project like RRR, teamwork becomes a precondition and not a priority. While everyone says RRR scripted history, it has transcended beyond a film to become a phenomenon, era, milestone, and pride in all our careers. We will carry this in our hearts with humility and work more to make our nation more proud."