Who are the women in RRR director SS Rajamouli's life?

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulJan 17, 2023 | 14:06

Who are the women in RRR director SS Rajamouli's life?

Fresh from the Critics Choice Awards wins, SS Rajamouli is currently enjoying the resounding success of RRR, having already won a Golden Globe Award earlier this month. Here's a quick look at all of whom he thanked in his acceptance speech.

According to the director, he has had a number of women in his life who have played important roles in shaping him into the filmmaker he is today, including his mother, wife, sister-in-law and daughter.

"To all the women in my life, my mother, she thought school education was overrated and she encouraged me to read comics and storybooks, and she encouraged my creativity."

Rajamouli’s mother, Rajanandini, was a strong influence on Rajamouli from a young age. She instilled in him a love for reading and storytelling, and encouraged his imagination and creativity. Her support and encouragement helped Rajamouli have helped him down the path of success, evidently.

“My wife, Rama, is the costume designer of my films, she is the designer of my life.”

SS Rajamouli's wife, Rama, has also been an important collaborator, working with Rajamouli on many of his films in various capacities, including as a costume designer and producer. Rama comes from a family of esteemed film personalities. She is Sreevali’s (Rajamouli’s sister-in-law and RRR music director MM Keeravani’s wife) younger sister.

"To my sister-in-law, she became like a mother to me who always encourages me to be the best version of myself.”
L-R: SS Rajamouli, his wife Rama, his sister-in-law Sreevali, MM Keeravani, Upasana Konidela, Ram Charan and SS Karthikeya at the Golden Globe Awards. Photo: India Today

Rajamouli also thanked Rama’s older sister and his sister-in-law Sreevali, who has played an equally vital role outside of work; being a constant source of support and encouragement, and has helped him navigate the challenges and pressures of the film industry.

Rajamouli with his wife and children. Photo: India Today

Lastly, Rajamouli's daughter, Mayookha, has been an inspiration for him as well whose “smile is enough” to light up his life. Mayookha had made a small cameo in the film Baahubali, when she had appeared among many professional dancers in the song, Sahore

Rajamouli topped it all off by thanking his motherland, 

"Finally to my motherland, India, Bharat; Mera Bharat Mahaan. Jai Hind!"

Here’s hoping the director will have a repeat of the same a couple months from now at the Academy Awards ceremony.

Last updated: January 17, 2023 | 14:17
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