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RRR Composer Interview MM Keeravaani on Viral and Award Success

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As award season ramps up, RRRone of many best historical fantasy action films we’ve ever seenhas to this point nabbed Golden Globe and Critics Alternative Awards for its music. Composer M.M. Keeravaani lately chatted with io9 to debate working with RRR director S.S. Rajamouli on the movie’s epic music, the worldwide response to the movie, and the viral video sensation of “Naatu Naatu”—thanks in no small half to the film’s charismatic leading men NTR Jr and Ram Charan.


Sabina Graves, io9: I’m so excited to talk to you! I’m in Los Angeles and have been fortunate sufficient to see the movie a number of occasions in IMAX and Dolby theaters. And Dolby was undoubtedly one in every of my favorites, as you actually get immersed within the unimaginable music and sound. Simply to get began, what was the method writing the songs? How a lot did the script inform you, or did you’re employed with S.S. Rajamouli on creating the songs because the script was being written?

M.M. Keeravaani:  I take the narration of the story initially, and I come to know what number of songs are there, and what are the tune conditions [and] some sequences. So I began composing [the song] for RRR about friendship [Dosti”] that occurs after [NTR Jr. and Ram Charan’s characters, Bheem and Raju] meet for the primary time and the practice accident—that was finished first. After which I composed the tune that Malli, the small baby character, sings [Amber Se Toda”]. After which the tune the place Bheem is tortured—that was tune quantity three, then the rejoice the flag tune, after which “Naatu Naatu,” after which the background songs. That is the order of the songs I composed, after which as soon as the songs are composed the film’s prepared and I care for the background rating—that’s the method.

Dosti (Full Video) RRR – Amit Trivedi, MM Kreem | NTR, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia | SS Rajamouli

io9: That’s so unimaginable to listen to, having gone to the theater right here and seeing quite a lot of the movies on-line of individuals doing the dance for “Naatu Naatu.” What was your response because the tune went viral and now has gained awards? 

Keeravaani: Amusing and interesting. And I felt happy because it’s something that catches people’s attention and interest, and it feels happy.

io9: Going back to beginning your relationship with S.S., what stands out to you about him as a collaborator that keeps you coming back to work on new ideas?

Keeravaani:  It’s just that he understands my capacities and my limitations and what all I can give. He perfectly understands me and I understand perfectly what he means and what are his requirements. It’s a matter of understanding other, like to be in harmony all the time, and that’s what makes our association strong. In other words, he has a master key in his hand to my house so he can come any time. And then when he gets an an idea he can immediately approach me wherever I am, it saves lots of commuting time and communication time.

io9: Definitely. And along those lines, I know it’s probably too early, obviously, to discuss anything about RRR 2, but just based on the music you’ve already written for these characters, have you already thought of ways to continue their story through music?

Keeravaani: Maybe but right now, [Rajamouli] is busy with two totally different productions. It could take [years] for him to finish [those projects]. So after that, perhaps there’ll be [more] RRR. Who is aware of?

io9: It’s so unimaginable to see the movie’s impact on a worldwide scale. And simply from a a fan’s perspective, you and the entire crew have impressed, I’d say, filmmakers developing. I wish to know for you, what have been some world movies that impressed you as a composer to put in writing for films?

Keeravaani: Motion pictures like Fiddler on the Roof, Telephone Sales space, Sliding Doorways, The Exorcist, Enter the Dragon, 36 Chambers of Shaolin, Groundhog Day, Coming to America, and flicks like that. I’m an enormous fan of Jim Carrey—I forgot what number of occasions I watched Liar Liar. [I’m a] nice fan of his work. So there are various films. And never solely films nowadays, you recognize, there’s some TV collection like Breaking Dangerous and Recreation of Thrones. They’re nice exhibits. So I take pleasure in [those] quite a bit too. Typically they give the impression of being higher than the flicks, You already know, the standard, the sound, every thing. And is that’s nice. 

io9: I want to hear your tackle these forms of tasks. Good luck on awards season! We hope to see “Naatu Naatu” on the Oscars.

Keeravaani: Thanks.


RRR is presently in choose theaters for awards season—we advocate watching it on the most important display screen attainable, in its authentic Telegu presentation should you can. In any other case, it’s additionally streaming with a less-than-ideal dub on Netflix.


Need extra io9 information? Try when to anticipate the newest Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek releases, what’s subsequent for the DC Universe on film and TV, and every thing it’s essential to learn about the way forward for Doctor Who.

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