"Religion essentially is exploitation" Rajamouli addresses criticism for his global winner RRR!

(This article is authored by Alar)

Rajamouli has set new benchmarks in Indian cinema with his exceptional vision and passion for storytelling with his recent release, RRR which is a testament to his ability to create memorable and impactful films that resonate with audiences around the world. The film's unstoppable international recognition is a proud moment for Indian cinema and is a living proof to the talent and creativity of the Indian film industry.

In a recent interview with AFP, the film's director addressed the film's nationalist tone, which it's been a point of criticism for RRR at recent times.  Rajamouli said that Even though he came from a deeply religious family, he now considers himself an atheist and believed that "religion essentially is exploitation" and he mentioned that his films has no "hidden agenda". 

The director said, "When I'm going to a movie, I would like to see larger-than-life characters, larger-than-life situations, larger-than-life drama,". He also addressed that  "Any extreme point of view, I oppose. I don't have any kind of hidden agenda. I make films for people who are willing to pay their hard-earned money on the film ticket. I like to get them entertained, make them feel dramatic about the characters, about the situations, have a good time, go back and live their lives."

"We are breaking ground, but I think we are in very, very initial, initial steps. If you see (South) Korea, for example, the kind of inroads that they have made. We should aspire to do that, all Indian film-makers." The director also added that he was "pleasantly surprised" by the buzz around "RRR" in the West, he said, pointing to what he called a "lack of maximalist entertainment".

RRR features an ensemble cast including Ram Charan, Junior NTR, Alia Bhatt, and several other talented actors. The film, set in the pre-Independence era, follows the story of two freedom fighters who unite to fight against the British rule. The film's spectacular visuals, breathtaking action sequences, and powerful performances have won the hearts of audiences and critics alike.

The film was released on March 22, 2022, and the maverick filmmaker is now busy with the promotions of "RRR" for the Oscar campaign where the film's song "Naatu Naatu" has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category and the event will be held on March 12, 2023.