"Sad he is behaving like a troll."
Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty, who has worked on some of the biggest Indian films over the years, has called SS Rajamouli’s RRR a “gay love story”.
He also said that Alia Bhatt was used as ‘a prop’ in the film, which stars Ram Charan and Jr NTR in the lead roles.
Fans have reacted angrily to Resul’s comment and added that they didn’t expect such a response from an Oscar winner.
RRR is a fictional story set in the 1920s pre-independent era and is based on the lives of two real-life revolutionaries – Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, played respectively by Ram Charan and Jr NTR.
While the film received praise from critics and fans, many have been unimpressed too.
On July 3, 2022, actor-writer Munish Bharadwaj called RRR “garbage” in a tweet. Responding to his tweet, Resul wrote, “gay love story.”
Even though Resul disabled the option to reply to his comment, fans quoted his tweet and wrote that they didn’t expect such a response from an Oscar winner.
One user wrote: “Not expected this from an Oscar winner.”
Another user wrote: “There is no shame & harm even if it’s that kind of story #LGBT. Did not expect such low comments from an Oscar award winner.
“Respect should be given to the profession irrespective of its language & even if it does not satisfy us.”
Many other RRR fans said his comment reeked of ‘jealousy’ and was highly unprofessional.
One wrote: “Sad he is behaving like a troll.”
Incidentally, this isn’t the first time the film has been attributed to having LGBTQ themes.
After its digital release on Netflix, many international viewers also tweeted that they believed the bromance between the two protagonists wasn’t strictly platonic.
Resul also wrote that Alia Bhatt was a prop in the film in a subsequent tweet. Alia had a cameo in the film, along with Ajay Devgn and Shriya Saran.
While promoting the film, the actor had said her role is “small but important”.
Upon its digital release on Netflix globally, RRR has gained a cult following in the West.
Several fans and even celebs have taken to social media to praise it.
From Patton Oswalt to Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, many have heaped praises upon it.
Resul Pookutty is a sound designer who has worked in films like Black, Saawariya, Enthiran, Ra.One, Pushpa: The Rise, and Radhe Shyam.
He won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing in 2009 for his work on Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.