Is Rajamouli Trying To Demean Bollywood?

For decades, Hindi Cinema (Bollywood) has been portrayed as the face of Indian cinema. Even the stars like Megastar Chiranjeevi admitted that the south film industry was always overlooked despite delivering some of the best movies.

Now, with the success of Baahubali, Pushpa, RRR, and KGF movies, the southern movies are getting rave reviews and getting global recognition. SS Rajamouli’s latest movie RRR has been making waves on the international platform and has been winning several awards.

S.S. Rajamouli, who is basking in the attention that his epic drama RRR is getting after the Golden Globe win of ‘Naatu Naatu’, has set the record straight for American journalists. The director made it clear to them that the RRR movie is not a Bollywood movie, but “a Telugu film that comes from the south of India”.

Rajamouli was speaking to a group of journalists, following the screening of his film at the Directors Guild of America.

SS Rajamouli said: “RRR is not a Bollywood film, it is a Telugu film from the south of India where I come from, but I use the song to move the story forward rather than stopping the film and giving you a piece of music and dance. I just use those elements to move the story forward.”

He added: “At the end of the film, if you say I didn’t feel it like for three hours, then I know I am a successful filmmaker.”