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RRR is an incredible action movie with seriously troubling politics

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Skip to main content N.T. Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan star in RRR , an anti-colonialist Tollywood film that stumbles when it comes to portraying caste. S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR (Rise, Roar, Revolt) has taken the world by storm . It’s one of the most expensive Indian films ever made, and one of the most successful , becoming the fourth-highest-grossing Indian film of all time. Even Netflix, which has been streaming the movie since May, declared it to be the most watched Indian film on its service, viewed over 45 million times globally. Critics love it , and its GIFs and scenes have swept social media. It’s an undeniable slam-dunk of global success. Coming out of the Telugu -language film industry of Tollywood in South India, as opposed to the more popular Hindi -language industry of Bollywood , this period drama from India’s biggest filmmaker is a cinematic event.

Centered on Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem , two very real Indian freedom fighters from the Telugu regions of Andhra and Telangana respectively, the film is a fantasy of the past. RRR imagines a fictitious, impossible friendship between these two figures of history as they come together and team up […]

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