Reflecting on RRR’s success in the West, SS Rajamouli says he’s “actually angry” at Netflix

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli spoke about the viral success of his latest film, historical epic RRR, after it was released on Netflix. The film – starring Jr. NTR and Ram Charan – broke box office records in India after its theatrical release in March, but was discovered by Western audiences – particularly in the US – after debuting in streaming.

Speaking to brothers Joe and Anthony Russo after the release of their action film The gray man, Rajamouli was asked about RRR’s crossover success. He said that while he appreciates Netflix for encouraging interest in the film, he has a major quarrel with the streamer.

He said: “First of all, I’m really angry with Netflix because they only took the Hindi version and not the other four (languages). So I have a complaint against her. But yes, I was surprised at the reception from the West. A good story is a good story for everyone, but I didn’t think I could make a film for western sensibilities. I never believed in myself. So when it came out on Netflix and people started watching it and word of mouth started to increase, when critics started giving good reviews… I was really, really surprised and it wouldn’t have been possible without Netflix and I have big credit for that Beware of them.”

RRR is available in the dubbed Hindi language version on Netflix, but the original Telugu and other language versions are available on ZEE5. RRR was supported by well-known Hollywood directors like James Gunn and Scott Derrickson. Even Joe Russo spoke highly of the film.

RRR, which narrated a fictional story about two freedom fighters – Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitarama Raju – made over 1100 million rupees worldwide. It remains the second-biggest Indian film of the year at the box office, behind KGF: Chapter 2. The Gray Man debuted on Netflix earlier this month to mixed reviews and less than phenomenal viewership.

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