July 4, 2022

Resul Pookutty tells RRR a ‘gay love story’, tells Alia Bhatt Sahara in the film; Fans say he is ‘behaving like a troll’

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty, who has worked in some of the biggest Indian films over the years, has called SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus RRR a ‘gay love story’ on social media. 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 reacted angrily to Resul’s comment and said that they did not expect such a reaction from the Oscar winner. Read also: Western viewers are convinced RRR is ‘heartwarming gay’

RRR is a fictional story set in the pre-independent era of 1920 and is based on the lives of two real-life revolutionaries – Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, played by Ram Charan and Jr NTR respectively. While the film received praise from critics and fans, many were not impressed. On Sunday, actor-writer Munish Bhardwaj called RRR ‘garbage’ in a tweet. Replying to his tweet, Resul wrote, “Gay love story.”

Resul's tweet on RRR.
Resul’s tweet on RRR.

Even though Resul disabled the option to reply to his comment, fans quoted his tweet and wrote that they did not expect such a response from the Oscar winner. One user wrote: “Didn’t expect this from an Oscar winner (sic).” Another user wrote: “There is no shame and loss even when this kind of story is #LGBT. Such a low comment was not expected from the Oscar award winner. Profession should be respected irrespective of its language and even if it doesn’t satisfy us (sic). Several other RRR fans said that his comment was ‘jealous’ and highly unprofessional. One wrote, ‘Sad that he is behaving like a troll.

Incidentally, this isn’t the first time the film has been attributed to an LGBTQ theme. Following its digital release on Netflix, several international viewers also tweeted that they believed the bromance between the two protagonists was not strictly platonic.

Resul Pookutty's tweet on Alia Bhatt's role in RRR,
Resul Pookutty’s tweet on Alia Bhatt’s role in RRR,

Resul also wrote that Alia Bhatt was a prop in the film in a later tweet. Alia had a cameo in the film with Ajay Devgn and Shriya Saran. While promoting the film, the actor had said that his role was ‘small but important’. built on the budget of Around 300 crores, the film earned 1200 crores worldwide during its theatrical performance.

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.


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