There has been a lot of speculation that India’s official submission for the best foreign feature film award may be SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus RRR, starring Ram Charan and Jr. NTR. The Kashmir Files, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, and Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, produced by R Madhavan, are rumoured to be contenders for the Academy Award. Additionally, if recent rumours are to be believed, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt, may also be included in the running.
The movie was well received by critics, who singled out Alia’s performance for praise along with the film’s scope and direction. The story of Alia’s eponymous character, who was modelled by the real-life sex worker Gangubai, who became a mafia queen in Mumbai, is told in the movie, which is based on Hussain Zaidi’s book “Mafia Queens of Mumbai.”
Within 16 days of its global release, RRR, which had a theatrical release on March 25, sailed into the exclusive Rs 1,000 crore club. As of right moment, it is the third-highest grossing Indian movie ever. Seeing the Ram Charan and Jr. NTR-starring film become the most watched Indian film on Netflix with more than 47 million hours of cumulative viewing time with subtitles in 15 additional languages was both satisfying and unexpected to Rajamouli.
The movie won praise for its superb acting, grand cinematic scope, action, and drama from all around the world. Additionally, movie received unequivocal acclaim and admiration from both the crowd and the reviewers for Ram Charan and Jr. NTR. The Russo Brothers are among the Hollywood directors who have appreciated the picture.
Since 1957, when Mehboob Khan’s Mother India narrowly lost by one vote, when the selection is made by the Film Federation of India (FFI), the top organisation of film producers, distributors, exhibitors, and studio owners, only two Indian films — Salaam Bombay (1988) and Lagaan (2001), starring Aamir Khan — have made it to the Oscar nominations shortlist.