Happy Birthday SS Rajamouli: Well-loved blockbusters of the mammoth filmmaker
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Happy Birthday SS Rajamouli: Well-loved blockbusters of the mammoth filmmaker
Hia Datta
Oct 10, 2021

SS Rajamouli is widely regarded to be one of the most prolific filmmakers in the Indian film industry, having upscaled the very visual experience that is film watching. The director, who primarily makes films in Telugu cinema, mounts the scale of his films lavishly and weaves in an engaging storyline with immense popular appeal and more characteristically, swashbuckling heroism. The Padma Shri awardee specializes in the fantasy action film genre, which is evidenced by his successful films Magadheera, Eega, and the career-defining and groundbreaking Baahubali movies. Rajamouli debuted as a filmmaker with the Jr. NTR starrer Student No. 1, and his second directorial was Simhadri. He has largely made films based on the scripts by his father K.V. Vijayendra Prasad and also co-wrote the story with him in quite a few films.

On his birthday today, OTTPlay lists some of his most well-known and well-loved films for your binge-watching, that straddled commercial success with critical acclaim.

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Drawn from a story by K.V. Vijayendra Prasad, the film stars Nithiin, Genelia D’ Souza, Shashank and Pradeep Rawat among others, in key roles. Rajamouli made a cameo appearance. The thrilling plot is weaved around the backdrop of rugby. Two competing student groups led by Prithvi played by Nithiin and Shashank put their rivalry aside to defeat a local mafia—their common opponent. And this match is crucial, in Lagan-esque style, as it will determine the future of their college and the land where it is situated.
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This adrenaline-pumping actioner is also co-written by Rajamouli along with his father and screenwriter K.V. Vijayendra Prasad. Ravi Teja features in a double role as Athili Sathi Babu, and as ACP Vikram Singh Rathore. Anushka Shetty, Vineet Kumar, Amit Tiwari have important roles too. Athili Sathi Babu is a small-time rookie thief in Hyderabad who falls in love with Neerja (Anushka Shetty). Fate hands him the opportunity to show what he’s got when a vile, corrupt local M.L.A Bavuji wreaks terror in the village of Devgarh in Madhya Pradesh. Athili, in a twist of circumstances, chances upon the daughter of his look-alike ACP Vikram Singh Rathore, and sets out to deliver the village from the devil that the M.L.A is.
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Rajamouli co-wrote this Telugu reincarnation fantasy actioner with K.V. Vijayendra Prasad. Ram Charan, Srihari, Kajal Aggarwal, Dev Gill are the lead cast. Harsha played by Ram Charan falls for Indu played by Kajal, but is wrongly implicated in the murder of her father. But he feels drawn to her from his past life and takes it upon himself to make things right and win over her anew.
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This fantasy actioner blockbuster was also written by Rajamouli. The film stars Sudeep as the antagonist and Nani and Samantha in lead roles. Nani plays Nani, a young man who is smitten by his neighbour Bindu played by Samantha. However, the wealthy, womanizing industrialist Sudeep (played by Sudeep) lays his gaze on his Bindu and gets Nani killed. Nani is reincarnated as a fly to protect his love from the lustful Sudeep.
Baahubali: The Beginning
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This revenge saga of epic proportions in the Indian fantasy action genre has a heavyweight ensemble cast—Prabhas as the titular Baahubali (both the father ) Rana Daggubati as the beefy antagonist, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, and Nassar. The kingdom of Maahishmati is ruled by the queen-mother Sivagami’s steely words. And Shivudu (Prabhas), while pursuing Avantika (Tamannaah), learns about his origin story, his past, and the part he must play to avenge his father Amarendra Baahubali’s death and free his mother Devasena (Anushka Shetty) from the clutches of his evil, power-hungry uncle Bhalladeva (Rana Daggubati) who has taken hold of the royal throne.
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
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The film is the epic conclusion to the tale of Amarendra Baahubali and his son Mahendra Baahubali. It takes the viewers to Amarendra Baahubali and Devasena’s love and the injustice that came their way through Bhallaladeva and Bijjaladeva (Nassar’s) conniving schemes to overthrow Baahubali from the throne. Mahendra Baahubali fights for justice and the rightful accession to the throne of Mahishmati. Prabhas reprises his role as Amarendra Baahubali and his son and the rightful heir to the throne, Mahendra Baahubali. Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishna, Sathyaraj, and Nassar reprise their respective roles from the first film.

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