SS Rajamouli: James Cameron’s RRR praise is ‘more than an award’

RRR and Avatar: The Way of Water were two of the biggest films of 2022, and during a meeting at the Critics Choice Awards, their directors – SS Rajamouli and James Cameron, respectively – praised each other’s work.

In a video clip that has since gone viral, Cameron and Rajamouli can be seen talking to each other at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards, which took place about two weeks ago. During their meeting, Rajamouli can be seen praising Cameron for his work, noting that e.g. Terminator, Avatarand Titanic everything inspired him. From there, Cameron praises the director’s RRR while breaking down some of his favorite aspects of the film, prompting Rajamouli to say that this is more important than any award.

“These words from you are more than an award for me,” Rajamouli said. “I mean, I can’t believe you watched the film and you’re analyzing my film. Oh my god.”

Cameron went on to praise composer MM Keeravani, calling the score for the film “fantastic”, noting that the music’s support for the scenes made him want to stand up at times.

“I like that the music kind of stays out of the way and comes in and supports when the audience is already feeling something, so it builds the theme,” Cameron said. “But you use the music very differently. He opens his eyes, boom! And you go with it, it’s like you want to stand up. There are moments in that movie where I just had to stand up. I’m talking about watch it at home, I’m getting up!”

Cameron ended the lecture by praising the team once again, congratulating them on how it must feel to have captured the world’s praise, and told Rajamouli that if he ever wanted to make a film in the US, they could talk.

Both Avatar: The Way of Water and RRR‘s awards circuit isn’t done yet, as both films will be represented at the upcoming 95th Academy Awards. The sequel to Avatar will be up to four awards, including best film, while RRR was nominated for Best Original Song.

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