The release date for the upcoming action movie ‘RRR’ has been delayed indefinitely, but what do we know about the films digital OTT streaming?

Despite the closure of theatres and delays to countless projects, 2021 has been an incredible year for the Indian cinema industry.

However, fans are already looking ahead to what 2022 has in store and in particular, to the upcoming action movie ‘RRR’.

‘RRR’ is a highly anticipated fictional action movie about India’s freedom fighters Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, with its three teaser trailers gaining more than 140 million views on YouTube.

Unfortunately, fans will be saddened to hear that the scheduled release for RRR has now been delayed indefinitely.

Ramaraju For Bheem – Bheem Intro Trailer – RRR

Ramaraju For Bheem – Bheem Intro Trailer – RRR

RRR release date postponed indefinitely…

The RRR film was initially scheduled to premiere on July 30th, 2020, before it was delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic until October 13th and then to January 7th, 2022.

In mid-December, a new wave of rumours began circulating on social media that the movie could be delayed again. This was first hinted at by Telugu Bulletin, who reported that pressure was building on the distributors to delay the theatrical debut because of ongoing restrictions for Maharashtran cinemas.

Pinkvilla would then reach out to RRR producer DVV Danayya, who responded by simply stating “No, no postpone.”

Unfortunately, it was officially confirmed today, January 1st, that RRR had been delayed indefinitely due to the surge of Omicron cases domestically.

Announcing the delay on social media, the official RRR Twitter page would share a statement from the production team. The post stated that by “Keeping the best interests of all the involved parties in mind, we are forced to postpone our film.”

“Inspite of our relentless efforts, some situations are beyond our control. As many Indian states are closing theatres, we are left with no choice but to ask you to hold on to your excitement.” – RRR Movie Twitter page.

The post would end by affirming that “We promised to bring back The Glory of Indian Cinema and at the right time, WE WILL.”

Unfortunately, a new theatrical release date for RRR was not shared, and will likely be dependent on the number of COVID-19 cases in India over the next six weeks.

RRR Glimpse | Trailer

RRR Glimpse | Trailer

RRR digital streaming platform confirmed…

The digital streaming rights for RRR have reportedly been acquired by Zee5, Star India and Netflix.

This was first reported on social media, before being confirmed by Zee5 in a recent blog post which stated that “after its theatrical run, the film will stream on the OTT platform.”

According to the post, the rights have been purchased for a massive Rs 300 crore (around $40 million), but only concerns the Hindi dubbing; with Star India acquiring the right to various other domestic languages.

Internationally, the movie will also release on Netflix in various languages including Hindi, English and Spanish – see below for more information on dubbing.

A digital release date remains unconfirmed, but at a launch event in December, producer Jayantilal Gada reportedly said that the movie would only release for streaming 75 to 90 days after the theatrical debut.

“We are confident that people would want to experience this in cinema halls for a long time. We won’t opt for a 30-day premiere.” – Jayantilal Gada, via Bollywood Hungama.

However, there will likely be discussions following the recent delay to RRR about a direct-to-streaming release; although no information on this has yet been made publicly available.

Ajay Devgn Motion Poster – RRR Movie Trailer

Ajay Devgn Motion Poster – RRR Movie Trailer

Who are the RRR cast?

At the time of writing, the following cast members have been confirmed for the upcoming project:

  • N. T. Rama Rao Jr. as Komaram Bheem
  • Ram Charan as Alluri Sitarama Raju
  • Alia Bhatt as Sita
  • Olivia Morris as Jennifer Scott
  • Ray Stevenson as Scott
  • Alison Doody as Lady Scott
  • Samuthirakani
  • Spandan Chaturvedi as young Sita
  • Chatrapathi Sekhar
  • Mark Bennington as Cunningham
  • R. Bhakti Klein as DSP Philip Green
  • Ajay Devgn (cameo appearance)
  • Shriya Saran (cameo appearance)

We are expecting more characters and artists to be added to the official cast list in the lead to the theatrical premiere.

Listen to the official soundtrack

The soundtrack for RRR is composed and produced by M. M. Keeravani, with the music being sold to Lahari Music and T-Series for a record-breaking 25 Crore (around $3.3 million).

Today, the latest single from the official soundtrack was released online, Janani/Uyire which was hash-tagged as ‘Soul Anthem’.

The full track listings are as followed, with songs available through the Lahari Music and T-Series YouTube channels.

  • Dosti – Vedala Hemachandra, 5:40 (Telugu)
  • Naatu Naatu – Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, 3:34 (Telugu)
  • Janani – M. M. Keeravaani and Chorus, 3:09 (Telugu)
  • Natpu – Anirudh Ravichandar, 5:40 (Tamil)
  • Naathu Koothu – Rahul Sipligunj and Yazin Nizar, 3:34 (Tamil)
  • Uyire – Maragadhamani and Chorus, 3:09 (Tamil)
  • Dosti – Amit Trivedi, 5:40 (Hindi)
  • Naacho Naacho – Vishal Mishra and Rahul Sipligunj, 3:34 (Hindi)
  • Janani – M. M. Kreem and Chorus, 3:09 (Hindi)
  • Priyam – Vijay Yesudas, 5:40 (Malayalam)
  • Karinthol – KS Harisankar and Yazin Nizar, 3:34 (Malayalam)
  • Janani – Maragadhamani and Chorus, 3:09 (Malayalam)
  • Dosti – Yazin Nizar, 5:40 (Kannada)
  • Haali Naatu – Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, 3:34 (Kannada)
  • Janani – M. M. Keeravaani and Chorus, 3:09 (Kannada)

What languages will the movie be dubbed in?

According to sources, the RRR movie will be released (theatrically and digitally) in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam.

Netflix has also acquired the streaming rights for the movie in Hindi, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Korean.

Production and filming locations…

Principal photography started domestically in Hyderabad, before heading to Vadodara and Pune.

Production would then head worldwide to Bulgaria; however, the coronavirus pandemic would then wreak havoc with filming.

After multiple temporary delays, production was given special permission by the Andhra Pradesh government to resume filming.

The final schedule moved to Ukraine, which wrapped up on August 18th, 2021.

What does RRR mean?

In Telugu, RRR’s expanded title is Roudram Ranam Rudhiram and in Tamil, it’s called Raththam Ranam Rowthiram. In Kannada, the films full name is Roudra Rana Rudhira (all of which translate to Rage, War, Blood), and Rise Roar Revolt in Hindi.

This article will be updated as soon as more information is revealed on the release date and streaming for RRR.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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