'HanuMan' Director, Prasanth Varma Reveals Why He Used To Hate SS Rajamouli When He Was In College

Prasanth Varma's mythological superhero film, 'HanuMan', has shaken the box office and the former, in his latest interview, talked about having a grudge against SS Rajamouli when he was in college.


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'HanuMan' Director, Prasanth Varma Reveals Why He Used To Hate SS Rajamouli When He Was In College

HanuMan movie was released on January 12, 2024, and the mythological superhero film's domestic net collection currently stands at Rs. 150.43 crores. The film is directed by Prasanth Varma and has emerged as a tremendous blockbuster at the Sankranti box office. From Teja Sajja's powerful performance in the character of 'Hanumanthu' to the quality of VFX and sound design, HanuMan is indeed one of the best superhero films ever made in India.

HanuMan's director, Prasanth Varma explains why he used to hate ace filmmaker, SS Rajamouli

Prasanth Varma is currently on cloud nine as his film, HanuMan continues to hit new heights at the box office. As per the latest reports, HanuMan's worldwide collection has surpassed the mark of Rs. 219 crore. After the impressive success of HanuMan, Prasanth has already announced his big plans regarding the film's sequel, titled Jai Hanuman. However, in his recent conversation with Siddharth Kannan, the filmmaker was asked about SS Rajamouli and his work.

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Sharing his thoughts on critically-acclaimed filmmaker, SS Rajamouli, Prasanth Varma admitted that he draws a lot of inspiration from his work. However, the HanuMan director also revealed that during his college days, he used to hate SS Rajamouli. When Siddharth Kannan asked Prasanth to reveal the reason behind it, the filmmaker disclosed that when he was pursuing engineering in college, he wanted to assist SS Rajamoui in his film project, but the latter said 'no' to him. Prasanth added that he tried multiple times to convince SS Rajamouli, but he had already made his decision. He said:

"I desperately made several attempts to reach out to him to ask if I could join him as an assistant director. I used to send him emails and messages on Twitter requesting the same. He was very sweet and told me that his team was already full. I used to hate him, thinking why he was not taking me in despite me being so talented and hardworking."

Further in the same interview, Prasanth Varma referred to himself as 'Ekalavya' and SS Rajamouli as 'Dronacharya' and explained the similarities between their bonds. The filmmaker admitted that he wanted to work under SS Rajamouli, but because it couldn't happen, he decided to watch and study his work. Prasanth added that just like 'Ekalavya', he learnt everything about filmmaking from his guru, SS Rajamouli. He said:

"But, at the same time, it's like Ekalavya's story. Since Dronacharya couldn't take him as his disciple, he (Ekalavya) learned on his own by observing everything from a distance. The same was the case with me. I learned everything by watching his films, their making videos, and how Rajamouli does stuff."

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After the release of HanuMan's teaser, Prasanth Varma met SS Rajamouli at an event and the latter heaped praises on his work. Talking about the same in his conversation with Siddharth Kannan, Prasanth revealed that it was a wonderful experience meeting SS Rajamouli and revealed that the filmmaker gave him some insights on VFX that helped him in bettering some scenes in his film, HanuMan. He also added that Rajamouli told him to handle this achievement with care and not blow it. Recalling the same, he said:

"After Hanu Man's teaser was released, I met him at an event. He praised the teaser, remarking that it looked 'pretty good'. He emphasized that I had been given an opportunity to achieve something that had taken him 20 years. He urged me to handle it responsibly and not blow it. My response to him was that I might actually blow it (laughs)."

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