50 best films of 2022: SS Rajamouli’s RRR makes it to top 10 of global list, All That Breathes too finds place

Jr NTR and Ram Charan photo from SS Rajamouli's RRR
Image source: FICHA PHOTO Jr NTR and Ram Charan photo from SS Rajamouli’s RRR

After “RRR” bagged two Golden Globe nominations and five nods at the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, the film has achieved yet another feat. The SS Rajamouli directorial starring Ram Charan and Jr NTR has featured in the global list of the 50 best films of 2022. Ranked 9th, the film is described as a “spectacular aimed at big rooms” on the website of the BFI – the cultural charity. , the National Lottery distributor and the UK’s leading film and motion picture organisation.

“Rajamouli’s cracklingly paced, delirious historical action-adventure fantasy turns the fictional bromance of two 1920s Indian revolutionaries under the yoke of British colonial despotism. We said, “Like Rajamouli’s two films of old in the Indian saga Bahubali (2015). /2017), RRR – “Rise! Roar! Revolt!” – is a big-room spectacle, a money-on-screen CGI-enabled action fantasy whose hyper-realistic violence calls to mind video games or John Woo’s ‘heroic bloodshed’… Instead of crushing me. -The seriousness of the Western superhero image, RRR boasts a kind of Olympian exuberance that runs through its action and musical sequences. (Sam Wigley, S&S online),” reads the description of RRR on the website.

Here are the top ten movies on the list with RRR at number nine:

  1. Aftersun (Dir Charlotte Wells, UK/USA)
  2. Saint Omer (director Alice Diop, France)
  3. The Decision to Leave (Director Park Chanwook, South Korea)
  4. The Banshees of Inisherin (dir. Martin Mcdonagh, Ireland/UK/USA)
  5. All Beauty and Bloodshed (Director Laura Poitras, USA)
  6. No (Director Jordan Peele, USA)
  7. One Fine Morning) (Director: Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany)
  8. EO (Dir. Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Italy)
  9. RRR (Rise Roar Revolt) (Director Ss Rajamouli, India)
  10. Tár (Director Todd Field, USA)

For the uninitiated, billed as an Indian film, “RRR” follows a pre-independence fictional story woven around two real-life Indian revolutionaries in the 1920s. The film was released worldwide in March in five languages: Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Also featuring Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn in key roles, “RRR” was a huge success at the box office with earnings of Rs 1.2 billion overseas as well.

Meanwhile, RRR is not the only Indian film on the list. Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes also appeared at #32. The Delhi-based documentary maker, which won the Best Documentary Award at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, follows the lives of two brothers — Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad — who run an avian hospital in Delhi to rescue injured black kites. The two “kite brothers” look after the thousands of these creatures that fall from Delhi’s sweltering skies every day. As environmental toxicity and civil unrest escalate, the relationship between the family and the abandoned kite forms a poetic chronicle of the city’s collapsing ecology and deeper social failings.

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