The Baahubali film series director S. S. Rajamouli is no more a person who is only known to the people from down South. Today, he is a national celebrity who is admired by cinephiles across the country. This can be measured by the earth-shattering opening that Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has got at the box-office. The entire nation is gripped by the biggest movie event witnessed till date. The film will have a clean run at the box-office for the next two weeks as no other film from any industry is ready to take a chance against this mammoth of a movie.
All Rajamouli’s films have been mega blockbusters so far. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is his eleventh film and with it, he continues his golden run at the box-office. He is the one with the Midas touch. The screenplay of his movies are so strong in terms of human emotions it easily connects with the masses. The other important feature of his movies is visual effects. The way he executes them is beyond imagination. Who would have thought of a film like Eega (Makkhi in Hindi) where the main lead is a housefly. No wonder that many including Karan Johar compare him to visionary directors like Steven Spielberg and James Cameron. Let’s take a look at four of his best films apart from Baahubali film series, that were lauded by the audience nationally.
Vikramarkudu is a social drama with Ravi Teja, Anushka Shetty and Vineet Kumar in the lead roles. The film received mixed reviews from the critics but was loved by the audience all over. The film was remade in Tamil (Siruthai), Kannada (Veera Madakari), Hindi (Rowdy Rathore) and Bengali (Bikram Singha). All the remakes were also big successes at the box-office; Rowdy Rathore was the biggest hit of them all. The film collected over INR 100 crore making it Akshay Kumar’s second 100-crore film and director Prabhu Deva’s first. The dubbed versions of Vikramarkudu – Vikramathithya (Malayalam), Pratighat (Hindi) and Vikram Singh Rathod IPS (Bhojpuri) – also are high on viewership when they are broadcasted on TV.
Magadheera is a romantic action film based on reincarnation featuring Ram Charan, Kajal Aggarwal, Dev Gill and Srihari. The film was unanimously praised by the critics and audience for its grandeur and visual effects. It was first of its kind in Telugu cinema. This was Ram Charan’s second film and because of his acting and film’s stupendous success, he established himself as one of the mainstream actors of Tollywood. The film also won at the 57th National Film Awards for Best Choreography and Best Special Effects.
Maryada Ramanna (2010)
Maryada Ramanna is a comedy action film with Sunil and Saloni Aswani in lead roles. This was also remade in Tamil (Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham), Malayalam (Ivan Maryadaraman), Hindi (Son of Sardar), Kannada (Maryade Ramanna) and Bengali (Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re). The Hindi version, Son of Sardar despite being released with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan raked in more than INR 100 Crore at the box-office.
Eega was a fantasy film with Sudeep, Nani and Samantha. The film was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil (Naan Ee). The film was also dubbed in Malayalam (Eecha) and Hindi (Makkhi). This has been the most outlandish film of the decade. With this, Rajamouli raised the bar when it comes to the technical aspect of filmmaking to the next level. The star of the film was a housefly. The film also won at the 60th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film (Telugu) and Best Special Effects.
If you have watched any of these films or its remakes or dubbed versions, share your thoughts with us in the comments below. And if you haven’t, we strongly recommend you to watch them. Also, book tickets for Rajamouli’s latest, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion here and enjoy the magnum opus at a theater near you.