‘RRR’ Oscars Chances for India, N.T. Rama Rao Jr and Best Picture

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A film with James Cameron’s action sensibilities and George Miller’s ambitious scope should be considered a definitive Oscar contender, right? Not without the proper support of a studio or, in this case, a country that will submit your film for the Academy’s best international feature award.

Enter “RRR”, a movie directed by SS Rajamouli, who wrote the script with V. Vijayendra Prasad. The three-hour action epic follows two patriotic but philosophically opposed men (Ram Charan and N. T. Rama Rao Jr.), who team up to rescue a girl from British colonial officials in Delhi in the 1920s.

When the 94th Oscar nominations were announced in January 2022, India’s official entry “Pebbles” was not among the films recognized for international feature films. It marked exactly 20 years since India’s last nom in the category.

In all, there are only three Indian movies in total — “Mother India” (1957), “Salaam Bombay!” (1988) and “Lagaan” (2001) — have been nominated for the award. The last of which lost to “No Man’s Land” from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The skyrocketing success of “RRR” was the undercover Cinderella story of the year. The film, a worldwide hit with huge box office receipts, found its way into the American cultural zeitgeist and consumers discovered it on Netflix. It was distributed theatrically by Variance Films in the US, and a current trend by the Academy to embrace non-English language features in recent years offers an alternative avenue to recognition if India decides to look elsewhere. But why would they?

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At ₹240 crore (US$30 million) worldwide on its first day, “RRR” broke the record for the biggest opening day earned by an Indian film together. In recent history, an Indian production has not made such an impact, nor has it been a cultural crossover. It could be a slam-dunk nominee, even with Cannes sensations like “Decision to Leave” already in the mix or an expected contender like “Bardo,” a likely entry in Mexico.

But as with many international film submission processes, politics plays a vital role in what will ultimately be offered for AMPAS members.

Spoken in the Telugu language, most of India’s 50 entries in recent decades are in Hindi. A Hindi-language version made for the Bollywood market was released on Netflix in May, lighting up the service and landing it in the top 10 most-watched titles.

It’s worth noting that we’ve traveled this road with India before, having an easy and accessible movie in front of us and opting for the road less traveled. One notable example is the failure to submit an apparent “slam dunk” contender, “The Lunchbox” (2013).

Some expect India to take a safer bet for its entry, such as ‘The Kashmir Files’, a Hindi-language drama film written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri. No official word has been made as to which direction the Film Federation of India is headed.

What’s interesting is how the committee could ignore a movie like ‘RRR’, made on a budget of 550 crore (US$72 million) and the most expensive Indian movie ever made? India’s film market is huge, with Bollywood generating countless productions every year. The lobby to become the official movie is loud and powerful.

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Could “RRR” be a bigger contender than just an international feature run? Movies like “City of God” (2003) broke through their respective years in best director places, and if enough Academy members are forced to give the three-hour film a shot, it could manage extra love in craft categories. .

“Parasite” (2019) found more than enough love to become the first non-English Best Picture Oscar winner, while “Drive My Car”, a small three-hour drama from an even smaller distributor (Janus Films) made its way took to major categories with little to no campaign. But this is the exception, not the norm.

India and the film’s producers will need to provide funding for the campaign to at least be in with a chance of making the shortlist of 15 international feature films to be announced in December.

Even if India does not select it, it can still be submitted in all other general categories including best picture and director.

As Komaram Bheem, Rao’s turn as Gond tribal leader from Telangana has set social media and Indian media on fire. Affectionately known as NTR Jr by his fans, the 39-year-old actor and television personality is one of the highest paid actors in Telugu cinema.

With someone like Tom Cruise probably already playing the action star corner for an acting name for “Top Gun: Maverick”, Rao needs extra qualities to highlight on the track.

Can “RRR” break through with the Academy? Let’s get through these fall festivities and hope they make a good decision.

The film is produced by DVV Danayya of DVV Entertainment.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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