SS Rajamouli unveils ‘Made In India’: Fans call for a ‘Made In Bharat’ title change – Times of India


Renowned filmmaker SS Rajamouli, known for his magnum opus ‘Baahubali‘ series and the recent blockbuster ‘RRR,’ made a historic announcement on September 19 that sent waves of excitement through the Indian film industry and his fans worldwide. However, this announcement was met with a twist of public sentiment as fans and enthusiasts debated the title of his upcoming biopic.
Rajamouli, who has established himself as one of India’s most celebrated directors, took to social media to unveil his next project, a biopic titled ‘Made In India.’ This ambitious endeavor will delve into the life and legacy of the father of Indian cinema.The project is set to be bankrolled by Rajamouli’s son, SS Karthikeya, and Varun Gupta, while Nitin Kakkar will helm the directorial responsibilities.
In his announcement, Rajamouli shared his emotional connection to the project, stating, “When I first heard the narration, it moved me emotionally like nothing else. Making a biopic is tough in itself, but conceiving one about the FATHER OF INDIAN CINEMA is even more challenging. Our boys are ready and up for it..:) With immense pride, Presenting MADE IN INDIA… (sic).”

The ‘Baahubali’ director’s previous work has indeed been groundbreaking, and his choice to venture into the realm of biopics, especially one that pays tribute to the origins of Indian cinema, has ignited anticipation among cinephiles.


However, shortly after the announcement, a segment of Rajamouli’s fans and social media users began advocating for a title change from ‘Made In India’ to ‘Made in Bharat.’ This request to alter the title highlights a recurring debate in India regarding the usage of ‘India’ or ‘Bharat’ to denote the country’s identity.


The choice between ‘India’ and ‘Bharat’ as the name for the nation represents a historical and cultural dichotomy. ‘India’ is the English name that has been used for centuries, while ‘Bharat’ is the name derived from ancient Indian texts like the Mahabharata and represents the nation’s rich heritage and traditional identity.


For some, using ‘Made In India’ might evoke a sense of inclusivity and global recognition, emphasizing India’s standing on the world stage. However, others argue that ‘Made in Bharat’ better encapsulates the essence of the biopic, honoring the indigenous roots of Indian cinema.


This debate reflects the ongoing discourse in India about preserving cultural and linguistic diversity while embracing modernity and globalization. Whether ‘Made In India’ remains the title or transitions to ‘Made in Bharat,’ Rajamouli’s biopic project is sure to spark discussions about identity, culture, and the enduring legacy of Indian cinema.


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