Friends for more than 20 years, “RRR” stars NT Rama Rao Jr and Ram Charan say they relied on each other for the extensive shooting of SS Rajamouli’s Indian-Tollywood epic, which has taken cinema worldwide by storm.
In this episode diversity Awards Circuit podcast, the two actors celebrate the events of “RRR” and discuss the gruesome shooting that took place over three years ago. They describe what it was like to be suspended, and the experience of learning and synchronizing the film’s signature (and now Golden Globe winner) song “Natu Natu”. Listen below:
The three-hour action epic “RRR” follows two patriotic but philosophically opposed men (Ram Charan and NT Rama Rao Jr.) who team up to rescue a girl from British colonial officials in 1920s Delhi.
Despite being left out as India’s international feature for the upcoming 2023 Oscars, “RRR” has been a critical favorite, winning a Golden Globe for Original Song. It was also nominated for five Critics’ Choice Awards this year, including Best Picture The award show was held on Sunday.
Variance Films, the US distributor of “RRR”, launched a full awards campaign after India selected Pan Nolin’s “Last Film Show” to represent the Oscars’ international feature competition.
A global sensation, the action-musical broke the record for the joint largest opening day grossing for an Indian film. Dubbed in Telugu, it represents the first “Tollywood” film to garner major award recognition in the state.
Also in this episode, veteran actor Bill Nighy sits down to discuss his career and tender performance in “Living,” which was primed for his first Oscar nod.
But first, the Awards Circuit Roundtable dissects this year’s Golden Globe winners and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, both surprising inclusions and exclusions.
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