Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel referred to RRR as a ‘Bollywood film,’ Creates Outrage

Jimmy Kimmel’s slip-up during his speech at the Oscars did not go unnoticed by furious Indian fans of RRR, who took to social media to indicate the host’s error.

Jimmy Kimmel, who was hosting the Oscars for the third time, enraged a section of Indian fans, particularly fans of the SS Rajamouli film RRR when he referred to it as a “Bollywood movie” in his opening speech. Citizens quickly pointed out that this was not the case, as RRR is an Indian film in Telugu. The film was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category, and it eventually won as composer MM Keeravani and lyricist Chandrabose took the stage to thank everyone.

RRR’s Naatu Naatu wins an Academy Award
The nation is in uproar after RRR’s chart-topping single, Naatu Naatu, won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2023. The song made history by becoming the first song from any Indian movie to win Best Song. Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava sang the song, and Lauren Gottlieb and the team danced. Several celebrities, including Rana Daggubati and Priyanka Chopra, watched the Oscars live and shared their reactions to Naatu Naatu’s big win.

It is true that the RRR team, along with director Rajamouli, frequently referred to RRR as a Telugu language film, so that there was no confusion about which Indian industry the film originated from.

Fan’s Reaction
Fans of RRR, on the other hand, were not pleased with Kimmel’s classification of the film as a Bollywood film, and many of them took to the internet to express their displeasure. “RRR is South Indian cinema, a Telugu film, Tollywood, not Bollywood, despite what some Oscars attendees might argue.” one user commented.

In India, there are various film industries for various languages. Bollywood refers to the Hindi film industry. Bollywood is more popular in India because Hindi is the most widely spoken language. The Telugu movie RRR is from the southern part of India “tweeted another person.
“Ooh… #Oscars just love scandals and quarrels. Referring #RRR as a Bollywood film even though the creators have been trying to promote it as an Indian movie for months,” wrote another moviegoer.

Meanwhile, Deepika Padukone, a Bollywood star, was one of the Oscar presenters at the ceremony, and she initiated the performance of RRR’s song ‘Naatu Naatu’ during the high-profile event. Deepika announced the next act to a chorus of cheers and applause from the audience.
Other Indian contenders at the Oscars this year included Shaunak Sen’s documentary feature ‘All That Breathes’, which had to withdraw from the race, and the Kartiki Gonsalves-directed documentary short ‘The Elephant Whisperers’, which managed to win the category.

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