RRR Composer Interview MM Keeravaani on Viral and Award Success

Ram and Bheem do naatu naatu and MM Keeravaani wins a critics award

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As awards season ramps up, RRRone of best historical fantasy action movies we’ve ever seen—Has previously caught Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for his music. Composer MM Keeravaani recently spoke to io9 to discuss the collaboration RRR Director SS Rajamouli on the film’s epic music, the international reaction to the film, and the viral video sensation of “Naatu Naatu”—Many Thanks part to the film’s charismatic leads, NTR Jr. and Ram Charan.


Sabina Graves, io9: I am very happy to talk to you! I’m in Los Angeles and was lucky enough to see the film several times in IMAX and Dolby theaters. And Dolby was definitely one of my favorites as you really get immersed in the incredible music and sound. Just to start, how was the process of writing the songs? How much did the script inform you, or did you work with SS Rajamouli on developing the songs while the script was being written?

MM Keeravaani: I first take the narration of the story and learn how many songs there are, and what are the song situations [and] some sequences. So I started composing [the song] Per RRR about friendship [“Dosti”] the happens afterwards [NTR Jr. and Ram Charan’s characters, Bheem and Raju] meet for the first time and the train accident – ​​that was done for now. And then I composed the song that Malli, the little child Character, sings [“Amber Se Toda”]. And then the song where Bheem is being tortured – that was song number three, then the song celebrating the flag and then “Naatu Naatu,‘ and then the background songs. This is the order of the songs I composed and once the songs are composed the film is done and I take care of the background music –tCap’is the process.

Dosti (Full Video) RRR – Amit Trivedi, MM Kreem | NTR, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia | SS Rajamouli

io9: This is so amazing to hear after going to the theater here and seeing many videos online of people doing the dance for “Naatu Naatu”. What was your reaction when the song went viral and has now won awards?

Keeravaani: Amusing and interesting. And me felt happy because it is something attracts people’s attention and interest, and it feels happy.

io9: Going back to the beginning of your relationship with SS, what is it about him as an employee that makes you keep working on new ideas?

Keeravaani: It’s just that he understands my abilities and my limitations and what I can give. He understands me perfectly and I understand perfectly what he means and what his requirements are. It’s about understanding others, always wanting to be in harmony, and that makes our connection strong. In other words, he has a master key to my house so he can come anytime. And if he then has an idea, he can talk to me immediately, no matter where I am, which saves a lot of travel time and communication time.

io9: Definitely. And with that in mind, I know it’s probably too early to discuss anything about it RRR 2, but based on the music you’ve already written for these characters, have you thought of ways to continue their story through music?

Keeravaani: Maybe, but now [Rajamouli] is busy with two different productions. It may need [years] so that he can finish [those projects]. After that there might be another one [more] RRR. Who knows?

io9: It’s so incredible to see the impact of the film on a global scale. And just from a fan’s perspective, I would say you and the whole team inspired aspiring filmmakers. I would like to know for you which global films have inspired you as a composer to write for films?

Keeravaani: movies like violinist on the roof, phone booth, sliding doors, The Exorcist, Enter the Dragon, 36 Chambers of Shaolin, Groundhog DayComing to america and such films. I’m a huge Jim Carrey fan – I forgot how many times I’ve watched liar liar. [I’m a] big fan of his work. So there are many films. And nowadays there aren’t just movies, you know, there are also some TV series like breaking Bad and game of Thrones. They’re great shows. So i enjoy [those] also a lot. Sometimes they look better than the movies, you know, the quality, the sound, everything. And that’s great.

io9: I would like to hear your opinion on such projects. Good luck in awards season! We hope to see “Naatu Naatu” at the Oscars.

Keeravaani: Thank you.


RRR is currently running in select cinemas for awards season – we recommend watching it on the biggest screen possible, in its original Telegu presentation if possible. Otherwise, it’s also streamed on Netflix with a less-than-ideal dub.


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