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Ram Charan speaks about 'RRR', 'Naatu Naatu' and more on Culture Pop Podcast

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 • Telugu Comments
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Mega Power Star Ram Charan has been interviewed by Mase & Sue on the famous Culture Pop Podcast in the context of the Oscar-nominated song 'Naatu Naatu' becoming the talk of the town ahead of the Oscars event on March 12. The 'RRR' star spoke highly of the movie on the podcast.

When asked about what it means for him that 'RRR' has made such an impact in the US, the actor said, "It means that cinema doesn't have a language. It is universal. 'RRR' yet again proves that good emotions can work in any culture in any part of the country. The drama, the essence of a story, the cinema is enjoyable by anybody (if made well)."

When asked about the difference between different industries and Tollywood within India, Charan analyzed, "We have scores of industries in India. There is a lot of diversity because of cultural plurality. Every film industry is unique. Since Hindi is the national language, we tend to think Bollywood is synonymous with Indian cinema. Today, we are working hard to make people appreciate the fact that there is more to Indian cinema. There is a lot of exchange of talents happening between States," he said, suggesting that 'RRR' is a pioneer when it comes to breaking the barriers between the East and the West.

Charan thanked the superlative praises that have come the way of 'Naatu Naatu'. "Rajamouli never fails to surprise. He always wants to try impossible tasks. When spectacle scenes/episodes were conceived and pitched to us, I wondered what it was going to be like. He didn't want to scale back. He wanted the song to be unique and a big-scale one," Charan added. The rehearsals for the film and 'Naatu Naatu' involved hundreds. Everybody knew what their brief was. Extensive planning made their work so easy.

'Naatu Naatu' was ideated and evolved over a period of six months; it involved multiple creative options, 20 days of rehearsals, and 12 days of shoot in Ukraine. Charan thanked everyone involved for achieving perfect synchronization. "If there is an opportunity to perform the dance-off at the Oscars, I will love to do it. It will be a tribute to the audience's immense love," he added.

The actor recalled that his mother's father was a freedom fighter who was jailed during the British era. "The reason we are all free in India today is because of the sacrifices of thousands of freedom fighters," Charan said. "They were so driven. It was a huge responsibility to play a freedom fighter in 'RRR'. Touch wood, it played out so well," he added.

About his father, Chiranjeevi, Charan said, "I have always been driven by his personality and the aura that he brings to work. When I was a child, he just waited for me to complete my studies before he could bring up the talk about acting. I had big shoes to fill in when I became an actor. But I only saw it as an opportunity and didn't allow pressure to weigh me down."

He iterated that he would love to work in the West. "It would be a great synergy if filmmakers (in Hollywood) explore the Indian talent," he suggested.

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