When it comes to the modern action movie, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything more spectacular than SS RajamouliIndian blockbuster in telugu language, RRR. The film is a fictional account of two Indian revolutionaries, Alluri Sita Ramaraju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (NT Rama Rao Jr..) who never met in real life but became closer than brothers in their bid to win back their people’s freedom from colonial England.
The film contains elements of the romantic comedy, buddy comedy, and historical drama genre, but it’s the action set pieces that wow the viewer and broaden its appeal to a global audience. While over-the-top action scenes are the signature elements of RRRthere are two that stand out not only for what they represent in the film, but also for their historical connection to the action genre.
An essential part of any action movie is how the main character is presented. Action movies depend on the immediate ability of audiences to cheer on their heroes. Pre-existing IPs, like in the comic book world, have become valuable commodities because audiences already have a relationship with characters like Spider-man and Batman. But for standalone action movies, the way the heroes are introduced is key so audiences can develop a deeper connection with them before all the car chases and explosions happen. Fans of the action genre watch these films so they can be entertained by the huge sets, but if there is no connection to the characters, they become as valuable as the background characters watching. all the action happen. A good introduction to the action hero not only establishes a relationship between the audience and the character, but can also help set the tone for the movie as a whole.
In RRR, the two main characters make dramatic and memorable first appearances but in strategically different ways. Audiences are first introduced to Ramarju as a British soldier who will literally do anything he can to stop a man who destroyed a picture of King George. There is perhaps no better example of the word literally than in this scene, where he explodes over a fence and blasts his way through hundreds of men, a burning lookout post and a mountain. to arrest her man. Not to mention, audiences immediately understand this character’s passion for his cause. Later in the film, when he is revealed to be a revolutionary, his lifelong mission to bring freedom to his people is encapsulated in this opening scene. We know that Ramarju is not only dedicated to the cause, but he is also the vital embodiment of that cause. His introduction lets us know how important this cause is to him and his people and symbolizes the theme of the film from the start.
It’s a familiar and important way to introduce the action hero and look back at some of the most iconic movie heroes of all time. Take Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) first screen appearance in The Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jones and his signature fedora appear in the sunlight, and he makes his way through the jungle, whip ready. He travels the cave system to find the golden treasure and sneakily replaces it, only for things to go wrong, and he has to quickly escape, which he of course does, saving his hat in the process. The first ten minutes of the film introduce the viewer to everything they would need to know about the character – his intelligence, his risky behavior and his charm. This allows the audience to settle into the story and cheer Jones on throughout the film, while setting the tone for the clever adventure story.
On the other hand, the initial introduction of Bheem in RRR is completely different but serves as an equally important value to the film. Before Bheem is presented on screen, we only hear about him, the shepherd who will do anything to find the lost lamb of his tribe, even if it means opening the mouth of a tiger to recover what he look for. The tense tone produced by the scene immediately elicits awe from the audience and this hype comes to fruition when he finally appears on screen, chased by a wolf and a tiger through a forest, using his immense strength to fight off the tiger. , later using it in another jaw-dropping action scene. We see firsthand Bheem’s persistence and brute force, key elements of his character and the theme of the film.
Bheem isn’t the first action hero to be presented in this way. In John Wickthe main character played by Keanu Reeves initially looks like your everyday man trying his best to get over the heartbreak. When he meets Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) and his crew and bad things happen, we don’t immediately see Wick go into full revenge mode. First, Tarasov’s father, Viggo (Michael Nyqvist) enters a minor soliloquy letting us know that Wick’s nickname was the “Boogie Man” and that his son’s deeds aren’t something he can sweep under the rug; “It’s not what you did, son, that pisses me off so much. It’s who you did it to” – a warning to audiences that when John Wick’s character comes out of retirement, we’re all set for an action-packed movie.
Which makes RRR What’s special is that it uses these two very different action hero intro tropes to portray these two characters as unique yet integral to the tone and theme of the film due to their shared characteristics. Even though Bheem and Ram may be on opposite sides of the battle, when they come together, their combined goal of independence for India becomes the film’s unwavering theme – how far are you willing to go to what do you believe?