Shobu Yarlagadda responded harshly to Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty’s remarks labelling SS Rajamouli’s RRR a “gay love story.” After Munish Bhardwaj referred to the Ram Charan and Jr. NTR movie as “trash,” Resul referred to it as “a gay love story” in a series of tweets on Monday.
Later that day, Shobu criticised Resul’s remarks and stated that, while he does not believe that RRR is a gay love tale, how could it be a terrible thing? “I don’t think @RRRMovie is a homosexual love tale, as you suggest, but even if it was, is ‘gay love story’ a terrible thing?” he wrote in his tweet. Why would you use something like that? I’m shocked at how low someone with your accomplishments can stoop.
Resul expressed his agreement with Shobhu in a subsequent tweet, writing that there was “nothing wrong even if it was (a gay love story).” He added that he had no intention of offending anyone. “Entirely concur. There is nothing wrong, even if there were. I did nothing more than paraphrase my friend’s banter, which is already in the public domain. This does not involve any stooping. Shobu, you don’t need to take it seriously; I didn’t aim to offend any stakeholders. Here, I rest my case.
For his work on Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Resul won an Oscar in 2009 for Best Sound Mixing. In the same year, he also received a BAFTA Award for Best Sound.
RRR, directed by SS Rajamouli, was one of the most commercially successful Indian movies of 2022 when it came out in theatres earlier this year. After being made available on Netflix, the movie received a lot of praise from a worldwide audience as well.