RRR Composer Interview MM Keeravaani on Viral and Award Success
As award season ramps up, RRR—one of many greatest historic fantasy motion movies we’ve ever seen—has to date nabbed Golden Globe and Critics Selection Awards for its music. Composer M.M. Keeravaani not too long ago chatted with io9 to debate working with RRR director S.S. Rajamouli on the movie’s epic music, the worldwide response to the movie, and the viral video sensation of “Naatu Naatu”—thanks in no small half to the movie’s charismatic main males NTR Jr and Ram Charan.
Sabina Graves, io9: I’m so excited to talk to you! I’m in Los Angeles and have been fortunate sufficient to see the movie a number of occasions in IMAX and Dolby theaters. And Dolby was undoubtedly one in all my favorites, as you actually get immersed within the unbelievable music and sound. Simply to get began, what was the method writing the songs? How a lot did the script inform you, or did you’re employed with S.S. Rajamouli on creating the songs because the script was being written?
M.M. Keeravaani: I take the narration of the story initially, and I come to know what number of songs are there, and what are the track conditions [and] some sequences. So I began composing [the song] for RRR about friendship [“Dosti”] that occurs after [NTR Jr. and Ram Charan’s characters, Bheem and Raju] meet for the primary time and the practice accident—that was carried out first. After which I composed the track that Malli, the small youngster character, sings [“Amber Se Toda”]. After which the track the place Bheem is tortured—that was track quantity three, then the rejoice the flag track, after which “Naatu Naatu,” after which the background songs. That is the order of the songs I composed, after which as soon as the songs are composed the film’s prepared and I maintain the background rating—that’s the method.
io9: That’s so unbelievable to listen to, having gone to the theater right here and seeing numerous the movies on-line of individuals doing the dance for “Naatu Naatu.” What was your response because the track went viral and now has received awards?
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Keeravaani: Amusing and attention-grabbing. And I felt completely satisfied as a result of it’s one thing that catches folks’s consideration and curiosity, and it feels completely satisfied.
io9: Going again to starting your relationship with S.S., what stands out to you about him as a collaborator that retains you coming again to work on new concepts?
Keeravaani: It’s simply that he understands my capacities and my limitations and what all I may give. He completely understands me and I perceive completely what he means and what are his necessities. It’s a matter of understanding different, wish to be in concord on a regular basis, and that’s what makes our affiliation robust. In different phrases, he has a grasp key in his hand to my home so he can come any time. After which when he will get an an thought he can instantly strategy me wherever I’m, it saves numerous commuting time and communication time.
io9: Undoubtedly. And alongside these traces, I do know it’s in all probability too early, clearly, to debate something about RRR 2, however simply based mostly on the music you’ve already written for these characters, have you ever already considered methods to proceed their story by way of music?
Keeravaani: Possibly however proper now, [Rajamouli] is busy with two completely different productions. It could take [years] for him to finish [those projects]. So after that, possibly there’ll be [more] RRR. Who is aware of?
io9: It’s so unbelievable to see the movie’s impact on a world scale. And simply from a a fan’s perspective, you and the entire group have impressed, I’d say, filmmakers arising. I need to know for you, what have been some world movies that impressed you as a composer to put in writing for films?
Keeravaani: Films like Fiddler on the Roof, Telephone Sales space, Sliding Doorways, The Exorcist, Enter the Dragon, 36 Chambers of Shaolin, Groundhog Day, Coming to America, and flicks like that. I’m a giant fan of Jim Carrey—I forgot what number of occasions I watched Liar Liar. [I’m a] nice fan of his work. So there are a lot of films. And never solely films lately, you recognize, there’s some TV collection like Breaking Dangerous and Recreation of Thrones. They’re nice reveals. So I take pleasure in [those] quite a bit too. Generally they give the impression of being higher than the films, , the standard, the sound, every thing. And is that’s nice.
io9: I wish to hear your tackle these forms of initiatives. Good luck on awards season! We hope to see “Naatu Naatu” on the Oscars.
RRR is presently in choose theaters for awards season—we suggest watching it on the largest display potential, in its authentic Telegu presentation in the event you can. In any other case, it’s additionally streaming with a less-than-ideal dub on Netflix.
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