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N.T. Rama Rao Jr. Photo: Netflix

In 1920s India, a tribal guardian (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) goes to Delhi to retrieve a girl who’s been abducted by a British administrator and his wife; he finds a friend in Raju (Ram Charan), but doesn’t know about his ulterior motives. An epic adventure that became a global phenomenon thanks to engaging musical numbers and gravity-defying action – very long, but gloriously silly, heartfelt and over-the-top (don’t miss the scene where wild animals charge at the British from a truck (!)). Inspired by historical figures who serve as inspiration for a fantasy that enjoys punishing the British Raj and lifting the heroic spirits of the downtrodden.  

2022-India. 182 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by D.V.V. Danayya. Written and directed by S.S. Rajamouli. Music, Songs: M.M. Keeravani (”Naatu Naatu”). Cast: N.T. Rama Rao Jr. (Komaram Bheem), Ram Charan (Alluri Sitarama Raju), Ajay Devgn (Alluri Venkatarama Raju), Alia Bhatt, Shriya Saran, Samuthirakani… Ray Stevenson, Alison Doody.

Oscar: Best Original Song. Golden Globe: Best Original Song. 

Last word: “Many people outside of my state might not be aware of this, but Ram Charan and [N.T. Rama Rao Jr.] both are big stars who come from traditionally opposite film families. They belong to different communities, and their fans are constantly at loggerheads with each other. For the past 25 years, even their fathers were considered to be from opposite groups. But, luckily for me, outside their professional lives and in their personal lives, [N.T. Rama Rao Jr.] and Charan are very close friends. I’ve worked with them before, and I know their strengths, so I know what they’re capable of.” (Rajamouli, RogerEbert.com)

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