S. S. Rajamouli’s name needs no introduction. His most acclaimed film Baahubali series changed the discourse of Indian film industry. His latest work has made India proud at the international level. Before Baahubali, he has made some of the remarkable movies mainly in Telugu cinema. Here are six other SS Rajamouli films you need to watch to know more about this talented director.
1. Student No. 1 (2001)
Student No.1 is a Telugu coming of age musical film and became a huge hit for both actor and the director SS Rajamouli as well. The film received huge appreciation from film critics and won many accolades. In Hindi, the film was dubbed as Aaj Ka Mujrim. You need to watch this movie to know how Rajamouli began his innings at the box-office as director.
Prabhas and Rajamouli worked together in 2005 Telugu drama action film ChatraPathi. The film was loosely based on Hollywood movie Scarface. The film received two Nandi Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Music Director.
Anuksha Shetty who is a star cast in Baahubali had earlier worked with Rajamouli in Vikramarkudu. The film turned out to be the blockbuster at the box office and was remade in five languages. In Hindi, it was Rowdy Rathore starring Akshay Kumar as lead roles. In the mainstream section, Vikramarkudu was screened at the International Film Festival of India.
Magadheera, the romantic-action film by Rajamouli was one of the fascinating stories like Baahubali series. Made on a huge budget of more than 300 crore at the box office, the film became the highest-grossing Telugu film of all time for five years. The film completed 1000-day theatrical run in Andhra Pradesh. Magadheera won several awards at the box-office including six Filmfare Awards, nine Nandi Awards and ten CineMAA Awards. Rajamouli was also praised for best visuals and best special effects.
Maryada Ramanna (2010)
This 2010 Telugu action comedy film is an adaptation of Buster Keaton's 1923 film, Our Hospitality. The film received positive reviews by critics. It also became one of the top grossing movies in 2010. While giving the film review, Rediff gave a three stars, and said "Maryada Ramanna is thoroughly enjoyable. Rajamouli sure has a winner on his hands.”
Before Baahubali, Rajamouli directed Eaga, 2012 bilingual fantasy film. The film has a complex plot and Rajamouli got the idea from a conversation of a fly seeking revenge against a human. The film went on to become the highest grossing Telugu movie of the year earning more than 1 billion. The Hindi version Makkhi, became a commercial success at the box-office. Eega won two National Film Awards for the category of Best Feature Film in Telugu and Best Special Effects. It also won five Filmfare Awards, and three South Indian International Movie Awards.