RRR-SS-RajamouliThere’s no bigger name than SS Rajamouli in Indian cinema at the moment. And for a Telugu director to come this far, he should’ve done something remarkably well, and we all know Rajamouli does remarkable things on a regular basis. The iconic filmmaker is celebrating his 49th birthday today and here’s an ode to the man behind Baahubali, RRR, and many box office monsters.

Rajamouli started off his career as a TV serial director and was an apprentice of Raghavendra Rao. His first film, Student No. 1 with Jr NTR gave him a positive start, and coincidentally, 21 years later, the duo, and Ram Charan came together for RRR, which is running an Oscar campaign. This in itself is enough to validate what Rajamouli has accomplished in his 21-year career.

With Baahubali, Rajamouli erased regional cinema barrier and he bought acceptance for Telugu films in the North. Today, South cinema is super strong up North and Rajamouli is to be thanked for the same. In fact, he has kept RRR in the run for Oscars, something no regional films could have even dreamt of.

As with many great things, there’s always a negative narrative. A few call him out, saying he is heavily inspired by blockbuster Hollywood films. But the kind of things Rajamouli brings to life on screen are unprecedented, like in Eega, Baahubali, and others, and no negative narrative is strong enough to overshadow it.

No Indian director other than Rajamouli has cent percent success rate with as many as 12 commercial films and that should be a testimony of the man’s outrageous talent. He has made Rs 1000 Cr club a normality for his films.

Rajamouli’s next is with Mahesh Babu and he has announced that the film is a globetrotting action adventure. This should further boost the master craftsman’s humongous image. Needless to say, even the West will be keenly looking at this film after they got blown away by the action part in RRR.