EXCLUSIVE: S.S. Rajamouli is currently assembling a production team for a new movie about the birth and rise of Indian Cinema.
Rajamouli, whose RRR racked up an Oscar win and over $166M WW, is not directing, we understand. At $130M, RRR is the third highest grossing movie in Indian cinema. Rajamouli is ‘presenting’ which over in India is a bigger title than producer on a film, though akin to how Hollywood views the role of a producer.
The new biopic about Bollywood is not yet titled, though reps for Rajamouli promise it’s a “magnum opus telling” which will be told “on a huge scale and canvas.”
RRR followed the fictitious telling of two legendary revolutionaries and their journey away from home before they started fighting for their country in the 1920s.
RRR won an original song Oscar this past spring for its single “Naatu Naatu” written by M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose. “Naatu Naatu” was the first song ever from an Indian movie to win an Oscar in the category and beat out such heavyweights as David Byrne/Son Lux/Mitski’s ditty “This is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once, Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the Lady Gaga and BloodPop song “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick, and the Diane Warren penned “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman.
RRR was also the second highest-grossing Telugu film. Rajamouli also owns the second highest grossing Indian movie at the global box office with Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which grossed over $254M WW.