Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty has recently been the subject of controversy. He took to Twitter and called SS Rajamouli’s much-loved magnum opus RRR a “gay love story”. The award-winning technician further claimed that Alia Bhatt, who played Ram Charan’s love interest in the film, was only used as a “prop”. All of these remarks were made in reaction to actor Munish Bharadwaj’s tweet, “I saw 30 minutes of garbage called RRR last night.”
Unhappy with his comments, netizens said he was behaving like a troll and added that they didn’t expect such a reaction from an Oscar winner. Resul Pookutty disabled the comments section of his post after facing backlash.
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However, this isn’t the first time the action drama has been associated with the LGBTQ theme. After its premiere on the OTT platform, many international audience members tweeted that they felt the bromance between the two leads played by Ram Charan and Jr NTR was not completely platonic. Nevertheless, many moviegoers have a different opinion and enjoyed the movie. The film also did good business at the box office.
RRR is a fictional story set against the backdrop of the pre-independence era of the 1920s. It is about two real-life revolutionaries named Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Jr NTR), who confront the British colonialists.
For those who don’t know, Resul Pookutty has worked on Indian films like Black, Saawariya, Enthiran, Ra.One, Pushpa: The Rise and Radhe Shyam, to name a few. It won the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing in 2009 for director Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.