It is extremely emotional, cried many times while reading that script: SS Rajamouli on father V.Vijayendra Prasad’s story on RSS, says ‘don’t know if I’ll direct’


SS Rajamouli’s RRR has been going places ever since its release. The film has won global recognition after it grossed over Rs 1200 crore and won Golden Globe Award for its song Naatu Naatu. It has also earned an Oscar nomination for Naatu Naatu in the Best Original Song category. The film’s story has been written by celebrated screenwriter and Rajamouli’s father V.Vijayendra Prasad. The screenwriter is currently working on a film about RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). In an interview to an international publication, Rajamouli opened up about his father’s film about RSS, whether he would be directing it and what he thinks about the story.

Talking about the story on the film based on RSS, Rajamoulis said, “I, myself, am not too aware of the RSS. I have obviously heard of the organization, but I don’t know how it was formed, what their exact beliefs are, how they’ve developed, all that. But I read my father’s script. It is extremely emotional. I cried many times while reading that script, many times. The script’s drama made me cry, but that reaction has got nothing to do with the history part of the story."

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He further said that he doesn’t know if he would direct the film and said, “The script that I read is very emotional and extremely good, but I don’t know what it implies about society. I’m assuming you’re asking me, would I direct the script that is written by my father? First of all, I don’t know whether that would be possible, because I’m not sure if my father has written this script for some other organisation, people, or producer. Still, as for the question, I don’t have a definite answer. I would be honored to direct that story, because it’s such a beautiful, human, emotional drama. But I’m not sure about the script’s implications. I’m not saying that it would cause either a negative or a positive impact. For the first time, I’m not sure.”

V.Vijayendra Prasad is a renowned screenwriter and director who predominantly works in Telugu cinema. He has also written scripts for a few Hindi, Kannada and Tamil films including RRR, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Manikarnika, Magadheera, Mersal. He has won the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film for Rajanna that he directed. His upcoming films include Sita: The Incarnation, Aparaajitha Ayodhya, and Pawan Putra Bhaijaan