Highly Recommended: RRR Fan CelebRRRation LIVE (Theater at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles)

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by Tony Frankel on February 26, 2023

in Film,Theater-Los Angeles


Anyone who hasn’t watched RRR yet, do yourself a favor and see this masterpiece. Sure it’s available streaming, but the best way to watch this audacious, mind-blowing, original, fun-filled picture — think Slumdog Millionaire, Bollywood, Bruce Lee blockbuster, Gone with the Wind epic — is on the big screen with a packed house. I have film buddies that return again and again when it plays in theaters. Now you can experience the most entertaining 3-hour thrill ride of your life — one of the best films of 2022 — when it comes to the gorgeous Theater at The Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles (929 S Broadway) one night only, Wednesday March 1 at 7:30. In person for this RRR Fan CelebRRRation LIVE will be director S.S. Rajamouli, star Ram Charan, composer M.M. Keeravaani, and special guests for the world’s largest screening of RRR. Tickets ($20-$35) available here. If you can’t make it to this blowout, the film is being re-released nationwide on March 3, 2023 as well.

When the paths of the fearless villager Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) and Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan), an officer in the British army, cross over the kidnapping of a child from Bheem’s village, neither of them are aware of each other’s hidden agenda – what is at stake is not just their friendship or the fate of the child but a chance to truly alter fate of their nation towards revolution and freedom. Truly deserves all the hype, recognition and awards it has received (see full list here).

So why not an Oscar Nom? RRR was not eligible to be nominated for Best International Feature Film, as India submitted Chhello Show (Last Film Show) for consideration instead. (Last Film Show made the Oscars shortlist for International Feature, but did not land a nomination in that category or any others.) The Academy did recognize RRR in one category: Best Original Song, for M.M. Keeravani’s rousing infectious banger “Naatu Naatu” (I was at one screening where the audience got up and started dancing to it!). This is the first time a song from an Indian film has been nominated for an Oscar. And “Naatu Naatu” won this same award at the Golden Globes, setting it up for success at this year’s Oscars. Best of all, the song’s inclusion means we’ll likely see a live performance of “Naatu Naatu,” which will certainly get Oscars attendees (and viewers at home) to throw on their dancing shoes.

With a powerful message, staggeringly choreographed action sequences, and an all-timer of a musical number, RRR is sheer big-screen joy from start to finish.

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