Mumbai: Filmmaker SS Rajamouli bagged the Best Director award for his film ‘RRR’ at the New York Film Critics Awards 2022 (NYFCC). In the latest video going viral, the filmmaker can be seen receiving the award, while the audience cheers loudly for him. As he walked up to receive his award, some in the audience gave him a standing ovation.
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In his acceptance speech, Rajamouli spoke about a particular sequence from Terminator 2. Talking about how he’s always been fascinated by the power of cinema to immerse audiences, he mentioned an example of watching Terminator 2 as a youngster and the reaction of the people he witnessed when the film was stopped at intermission point.
“It was pure joy of awe, like what in the hell we just witnessed. That is what I want my audiences to feel,” he said.
S.S. Rajamouli accepting the Best Director prize from #NYFCC for #RRRMovie #SSR pic.twitter.com/RCjySbC9yk— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) January 5, 2023
Rajamouli was joined by his wife and son Karthikeya for the awards ceremony. Karthikeya took to Twitter to share pictures of his father with the award plaque.
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Next week, Rajamouli will join his RRR actors Ram Charan and Jr. NTR to attend the Golden Globes awards in Los Angeles.
RRR has been on the lists of several best-of-the-year lists from film critics around the world, including the US. The team has been campaigning for the Telugu film all throughout this current awards season with director Rajamouli attending many raucous, sold-out screenings of the Indian feature.
Naatu Naatu is also on the Oscars shortlist for in the Music (Original Song) category. This is the third major international nomination for Naatu Naatu, the widely popular track from SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus RRR. Released last March in cinemas, RRR is a fictional story set in the 1920s pre-independence era and is based on the lives of two real heroes and well-known revolutionaries – Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem. While Ram Charan played Ram, Tarak was seen as Bheem.