South star Jr NTR has said there should be a sequel to SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster RRR, much on the lines of the filmmaker’s hit franchise Baahubali. Rajamouli’s latest period action drama, featuring Jr NTR and Ram Charan, has so far reportedly minted Rs 1000 crore at the global box office.
This is the filmmaker’s third consecutive blockbuster after Baahubali: The Beginning and its sequel, Baahubali: The Conclusion. During a special event to celebrate the film’s success on Wednesday, Jr NTR said fans’ demand for a sequel is fair.
“I’m pretty sure that if he doesn’t make (a sequel), you’re going to kill him for sure. He needs to make RRR 2, there needs to be a conclusion to this also! I was speaking to a journalist and I don’t know how but I said RRR franchise. So, hopefully it becomes true. He should make RRR 2,” the actor told reporters.
Charan said that for now he feels content and is glad that the film could release after a series of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Of course, we all will be delighted again if Rajamouli sir thinks of RRR 2,” he added.
Rajamouli said both his leading stars got out of the RRR headspace pretty quickly, while he is still trying to “cool off from the heat which the movie generated”. “Let it cool down. Of course, for me it would be a great pleasure, not because of what it’ll do at the box office, but because I will have more time to spend with my brothers. That’ll be more exciting for me. But let time unravel what we have,” the filmmaker added.
The success press event was organised by Jayantilal Gada of Pen Studios, which acquired the north India theatrical rights and all languages digital and satellite rights for RRR. It was also attended by superstar Aamir Khan, filmmaker Karan Johar and veteran lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar.
Produced by D V V Entertainment, the film released on March 25 in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi. RRR is a fictional tale of two Indian freedom fighters from the early 20th century – Alluri Sitarama (Charan) and Kumaram Bheem, played by Jr NTR.
Rajamouli said there is a lot of appreciation from the audience for RRR but what has been “significantly different” was the number of western audiences liking the film. “This is the kind of thing I note, that these many people are liking my film, so next time when I make a film, I should keep this in mind. I shouldn’t let it bother me, weigh me down but think that there is a wider audience listening to your story. Not the numbers, but the love and appreciation from different audiences matters,” the director added.
The film’s Hindi version alone has reportedly collected close to Rs 200 cr at the box office. Many trade critics have applauded the team of the film for reviving the post-pandemic box office in a major way. Rajamouli said when the film was getting postponed multiple times, the team was “unsure about the occupancy of theatres”.
“From the audience’s side, I never had a doubt, I always believed that once the film is out, they will come to the theatres. But from the health department side, we didn’t know what was coming when. Those were anxious moments for all the films. Once the theatres opened, RRR brought the audiences back to the theatres, that’s the biggest achievement for me,” Rajamouli said.
RRR also features Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn in key roles.