Rajamouli wanted to make a small love story after 'Baahubali' - Makarand Deshpande on 'RRR'
Deshpande mentioned how he was elated to work with the Baahubali director man, S. S. Rajamouli and why South stars are so good to work with.
Published: Friday,Apr 01, 2022 09:13 AM GMT-06:00
As RRR continues to be a mammoth success, one would have noticed how actor Makarand Deshpande appeared in a small but impactful role in the huge film. Needless to say, Deshpande mentioned how he was elated to work with the Baahubali director man, S. S. Rajamouli and why South stars are so good to work with.
Talking about how he got the opportunity to work on RRR in an interview with ETimes, Deshpande said, "One day, I got a phone call from Rajamouli’s office. They said that Rajamouli Sir wants to meet you for his new project. They sent me a ticket and I flew down to meet him. I had cut my hair so he was a little surprised. But he was so nice. He wanted me, not just my hairstyle. He said, “We will fix it”. Luckily, I had taken one wig with me. And they had a makeup artist there. So we tried a look.
The best part was that Ram Charan was there. Having met me, Ram Charan said, “I have come to meet you, because I have seen your Bollywood work and I have really liked it. I wanted to meet you since you were coming here.” I felt so good that a South star wanted to meet an actor from Bollywood, with such a warm welcome. Then Rajamouli sir narrated the ‘RRR’ story. It was great to hear everything from him. He told me, “You know, after ‘Baahubali’, I wanted to make a small love story. But my wife told me you make what you’re cut out for, not what you can make.” He said that he had seen me in ‘Satya’, ‘Swades’ and wanted to cast me for the role of a senior tribal man. “They are simple people, not warriors,” he said. Rajamouli was looking for innocence.
There were scenes in the film featuring me, when the character played by NTR Jr. is born, my character gives him his name. But those were cut from the final edit."
Then talking about the differences of working in Bollywood and the South industry, Deshpande said, "South actors have minimal questions for their director. They surrender to the director’s vision completely. Their commitment to time and energy is amazing. So, they have less doubts and questions. That’s why the director can do more with them. The shooting never stopped because an actor was not convinced about something. And if the director wants to reshoot, he will reshoot.
My personal experience with Rajamouli sir was that on set he would tell you exactly what he wants. And if you don’t get it right he will enact it and show it to you if need be. He’s a terrific actor himself. Some directors are very good at that. I remember Mahesh Bhatt is a terrific actor."