Jr NTR on RRR: ‘Felt its burden everyday, but there was responsibility’

All through the 200-plus day capturing schedule of RRR, Jr NTR felt the burden of filmmaker SS Rajamouli’s ambition, which the actor says impressed him to provide his finest for the much-awaited motion drama.

The Telugu movie, set in pre-independent India, fictionalises the lives of two freedom fighters- Alluri Sitarama Raju, performed by Ram Charan and Komaram Bheem, essayed by Jr NTR.

RRR, being Rajamouli’s follow-up to the game-changing blockbuster Baahubali, sparked fan curiosity since its announcement in 2018. NT Rama Rao Jr, identified amongst followers as Jr NTR, mentioned he shot the movie with the notice that it was a “responsibility” to provide his all.


“I felt the burden, constantly, every day. How can you survive if you don’t have that pressure on you? You need to be reminded that you are part of someone’s vision, who has believed and invested in you. Forget about the money, that is a different thing, but he has trusted you with his material so you have to do justice to that, there was responsibility,” Jr NTR mentioned.

The 38-year-old actor credited Rajamouli for his unwavering perception, which helped the teamwork in direction of the movie the director had envisioned. As an illustration, even when the crew was on a break, Rajamouli would continually work to enhance the undertaking. The filmmaker would name up Jr NTR and talk about the nuances of a scene with him in order that the actor by no means felt out of contact along with his character.


“You need to have the right people around you and a fantastic director like Rajamouli to remind you what you are here for. The journey for RRR demanded that kind of emotional and physical investment. When we were home and not shooting, we were given exercises so that we don’t get away from the film. “He would call me and discuss scenes, say that my character’s expressions should have been exploited more in some places. So I had to gather all the thoughts, recollect the moment and be back to the scene. I had to be completely involved, immersed in the film,” he added.

The scale of RRR is greater than that of the actor’s earlier three collaborations with the 48-year-old director. The duo first labored collectively within the 2001 motion movie Pupil No 1, adopted by Simhadri in 2003 and the 2007 fantasy action-comedy Yamadonga. Jr NTR mentioned Rajamouli is maybe one of many few administrators within the nation, who can really problem an actor. With Komaram Bheem, a revolutionary who the actor was properly versed with, Rajamouli added extra layers and introduced a novel character.

RRR, a SS Rajamouli directorial, stars Ram Charan and Jr NTR within the lead function. (Photograph: RRR/Instagram)

RRR makes an attempt to fill the historic hole the place the 2 freedom fighters, who belonged to the identical period, left residence with no report of what they did for 4 years earlier than they got here again and began to struggle for the individuals. “When you grow to be a Rajamouli character, you wish to give your 100 per cent. You simply don’t wish to settle at 50 per cent or 80. You need him to get him from his seat, when he’s watching you on the monitor, and let you know an excited ‘Okay!’


“You want to hear that. Working with him is a challenge but I have always loved that. The beauty is that he has also constantly challenged himself as a filmmaker. He has earned that respect. As an actor that’s what you want, to get a director who can push you, make you feel vulnerable at times,” he added.

The movie can be being hailed for pulling a casting coup with Jr NTR and Charan collectively in a undertaking. The actor mentioned he’s conscious that the style of multi-starrer movies have just about pale, however hoped RRR will ignite the pattern contemplating how extra pan India movies are being made at present.

RRR additionally stars Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn. “Someplace, our industries have stopped making multi-starrers movies. With RRR, a multi-starrer movie in Telugu is coming after, most likely, 30 years. I believe ‘Karan Arjun’ was the final Hindi movie the place two huge stars, equal in stature, got here collectively for a movie. Stars having equal persona, expertise and following. Why did it cease, I don’t have a solution. However perhaps it would begin once more.

“There is now going to be a lot of cultural exchange, with crossover, multi-starrer films. It is good to call ourselves one big Indian film industry. I feel so proud that I, as an actor, am a part of this era. An era which was earlier closed, now it is opening and combining all of us together. I truly feel blessed,” he added.


RRR is about to reach in cinema halls on January 7. The movie can be launched in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada as properly.


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