S.S. Rajamouli at the Academys 13th Governors Awards held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on November 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)
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S.S. Rajamouli Pulled A ‘Coup’ To Cast The Stars Of RRR
The Tollywood sensation “RRR” is led by two of Indian cinema’s biggest stars, NTR Jr. and Ram Charan. Director S.S. Rajamouli couldn’t offer a role to one of them before the other, though, as he said on Late Night with Seth Myers, “I knew if I called one of [them], he will call the other person before I can call him.” Instead, Rajamouli devised a ploy to get them together.
Rajamouli told Myers, “I just called each of them and I said, 'Why don't you come out to my place?' They didn't have an idea of why I was calling them. [...] They were surprised to see the other in my place [...] I took them to my balcony and said, 'Okay, guys, I have this idea, and I'm putting this to you both at the same time. I want to do a multi-star with you. Are you up for it?'”
Rajamouli was confident that Charan and NTR Jr. would agree to co-star in the film before he asked them, given that he’d worked with each actor separately on previous films and had great friendships with each of them. He added, “See, by our long association, I know that they would do whatever I want to. I know they will because we have a longstanding friendship.”