Oscars 2023 host Jimmy Kimmel was brutally trolled on Twitter on Monday. For the unversed, the host called RRR a ‘Bollywood movie’ during his opening monologue. Many Twitter users point out that RRR was a Telugu language film and not a Bollywood film. The host mentioned the film as a Bollywood film while he was pushed out of the stage by dancers performing the signature Naatu Naatu step.
One of the Twitter users wrote, “RRR is South Indian cinema, a Telugu film, Tollywood. Not Bollywood, as some Oscar’s ppl might be saying.” Another tweeted, “India has different film industries for different languages…Bollywood means Hindi language film industry…since Hindi is the most spoken language in India Bollywood is more popular…RRR is a Telugu language film from south part of India.”
Here’s how Twitter users react
Host @JimmyKimmel warns Oscar winners — If you go over your allotted time, you'll face the music!
— TNIE Telangana (@XpressHyderabad) March 13, 2023
India has different film industries for different languages…bollywood means hindi language film industry…since hindi is the most spoken language in india bollywood is more popular..rrr is a telugu language film from south part of india
— gulabi gutthu (@united_TFI_fan) March 13, 2023
— उज्जल | UJJAL (@beujjal) March 13, 2023
Besides RRR’s Naatu Naatu, other Indian contenders at the Oscars 2023 were Shaunak Sen’s documentary feature All That Breathes, which lost out to Navalny, and the Kartiki Gonsalves-directed documentary short The Elephant Whisperers, which walked away with the golden statuette in the category.
The film is an epic drama, co-written and directed by V. Vijayendra Prasad and S.S. Rajamouli. It portrays the fictional tale of two revolutionary figures, Alluri Sitarama, and Komaram Bheem. The film was released on March 25th, 2022, and went on to become the third highest-grossing Indian film globally.