As we speak, opinion articles are being written about 'RRR' in the Western media. A writer raving about the film in an article written for 'The Atlantic' compares 'RRR' with the Marvel movies and suggests that the Rajamouli directorial has better action blocks. The piece says the CGI-rich action in the Marvel movies feels airless and depressingly same, while RRR's action scenes are thematically different from each other.
SS Rajamouli's craftsmanship has only been getting better, film after film. 'RRR' is superior to the 'Baahubali' movies in a few respects. If Indians are not seeing it that way, it is because the world of 'Baahubali' was far more riveting. It was a costume drama with many rare characterizations (from the two Baahubalis to Sivagami, Kattappa and Mitravindra to Kalakeya). In 'RRR', take the stretch where the 'Ramam Raghavam' song is interspersed with an action block. It is terrific to the core. 'Baahubali' movies didn't have such a fabulous stretch.
Rajamouli's evolution as a creator makes us hope that his film with Mahesh Babu is going to be far better in some writing aspects and visual richness. The director seems to understand the tastes of the Western audience now. Not just in terms of visuals, even in terms of writing, Rajamouli has cracked it.
Mahesh Babu's movie directed by Rajamouli might be gushed about by the Western audience in a bigger way, whenever it releases. What might it mean for Mahesh? Because 'RRR' is a two-hero movie, the limelight has been shared by Jr NTR and Ram Charan, with neither of them walking away with full glory. But Mahesh's movie is a single-hero outing.
If the Mahesh-Rajamouli movie impresses Westerners, the superstardom of Mahesh will only rise like anything. 'Baahubali' made Prabhas a pan-India star ('Baahubali' didn't get international acclaim of the kind 'RRR' is getting, Japan being the sole exception). Is something bigger in store for Mahesh? Even a mild 'yes' would mean endless possibilities for the 'Sarkaru Vaari Paata' actor.