10 Reasons to watch Rudramadevi on Big- Screen this weekend
There is a huge buzz around the worldwide release of Rudhramadevi this week with great levels of anticipation in all corners of the world. Mostly positive, a few mistaking this as Part 2 of Baahubali and of course the usual nit-picky lot who have criticised the quality of the Computer Graphics on the Trailers. (Baffled because none of these people have included their names to these critical comments)
Like many Indians living in the UK, this movie has really intrigued me, so I decided to find out a bit more and here are 10 reasons I decided I will be watching it on Big Screen and will be asking people to do the same this weekend.
1) Fact NOT Fiction – This is DEFINITELY not Part 2 of Baahubali like many people think. Like me, for those of you out there who have not had the privilege of reading about this incredible Queen when you were at school, this film is based on the 13th Century Warrior Queen of the Kakatiya Dynasty. One of the few ruling Queens in Indian history, Rani Rudhramadevi was a prominent ruler who ensured the happiness of her people with an efficient administrative system. She was responsible for the completion of the Warangal Fort.
2) An Epic Movie that cost nearly 80 Crores to be shot in both 2D and 3D versions. By paying for the ticket of this Cinema you invest in the growth of the South Indian Film Industry and make it flourish to produce more Epics for future generations. Yes! If you want home- grown Hollywood style productions for your Grandchildren to see one day, you better stop watching pirated DVDs and online sites.
3) Director Gunasekhar – The Man who gave us the Blockbuster Okkadu (Ghilli in Tamil) has brought us this Film after several years of pain-staking research on Queen Rudramadevi and her life. Fascinated by the story of this Queen when he was in the Eighth Standard at school, the Director’s passion and sheer determination have overcome great pessimism from several producers who turned this project down. “ A Heroine taking the Lead?’…. Not for us!” they said.
4) Anushka Shetty – An Actress who beat stiff competition from her peers to bag the lead role in a Heroine-centric subject and hold her own ground due to her previous success with Arundhathi. Anushka spent five months training in sword fighting and horse-riding to prepare for this role. Keeping her incredible beauty and talent aside, many have said that Anushka Shetty is one of the nicest people in the Film Industry today, making sure that every member of the Crew is fed and happy on her sets. So this is a great way to support her efforts.
5) Isaignani Illayaraja The Maestro who is generally known for his quick work on background scores took time for the re-recording the of Rudhramadevi in order to capture the grandeur on screen. A reflection on how impressive he found Director Gunasekhar’s visuals they say. Raja Sir flew to London to compose the Live Music with one of the world’s best orchestras, where Musicians often clapped out loud in appreciation of his work.
6) Rana Daggupati and Allu Arjun – Hats off to the two Actors for accepting this Project and supporting it like two hefty pillars. Not many Gentlemen who would let a Leading Lady bask in the Limelight.
Ladies! I am sure that you will agree on what a refreshing change it is to see a Heroine on the main poster supported by two Handsome Hunks. This is one reason to make sure that you give a break to your household chores and TV Serials for 3 hours and make time for this Movie.
7) Art Direction by Thotta Tharani – The Magician who brings together two opposing concepts of Grandeur and Realism with his vision of what the world must have looked like in the 13th Century.
8) Costumes by Neeta Lulla – one of India’s most successful Costume Designers whose previous National Award Winning work includes Devdas and Jodhaa Akbar. It is said the Jewellery in the film alone cost Rs. 5 Crores in order to achieve authenticity.
9) Supporting Cast including stalwarts like Krishnam Raju, Prakash Raj, Suman, and incredible talents like Nithya Menen, Catherine Teresa among others.
10) U/A Certification (meaning people of all ages can watch the movie but certain scenes may not be suitable for children under 12 years)
Hence, a completely satisfying Family viewing experience knowing you spent time to learn about history and in the knowledge that your money actually went towards a cause that involved many hours of incredible hard work, sweat and blood.
Rudhramadevi – Telugu Premiere at Boleyn Cinemas UK on Thursday 8th October at 8 PM. Please see www.boleyncinemas.com for more details.
Rudhramadevi – Tamil Release in the UK – Still to be confirmed.
– Kavitha Raja for British South Indians