Controversy has arisen over the Oscar expenditures of the Telugu film RRR, directed by SS Rajamouli, with notable Telugu director and producer Tammareddy Bharadwaj criticizing the expenditure on promotions in the US. According to reports, Bharadwaj claimed that the RRR team spent 80 crores on promotions in the US, which could have been used to produce better films. However, this led to a war of words between Bharadwaj and director K Raghavendra Rao and Naga Babu, who questioned Bharadwaj’s evidence for the expenditure.
Raghavendra Rao took to Twitter to defend RRR’s success on the world stage and questioned Bharadwaj’s accusations without reliable evidence. Naga Babu also criticized Bharadwaj’s comments in a tweet.
“Shouldn’t we be proud that our film is doing well on the world stage? How can you make such comments about the promotional expenses without proper pieces of evidence?Telugu cinema, literature, actors and directors should be proud of the success that we are getting on the world stage today for the first time. Do you have any accounts to say that Rs 80 crores have been really spent by the RRR team? And do you think that renowned directors such as James Cameron and Spielberg are praising ‘RRR’ taking the money from us?” Rao said. Naga wrote, “Did Neyamma Mogudu spend 80 crores on R R R for Oscar?”#YCP’s reply to comment on RRR in their language).”
— Raghavendra Rao K (@Ragavendraraoba) March 9, 2023
To Whomever It May Concern :
“నీయమ్మ మొగుడు ఖర్చు పెట్టాడారా 80 కోట్లు R R R కి ఆస్కార్ కోసం"
(#RRR మీద కామెంటుకు వై.సీ.పీ. వారి భాషలో సమాధానం)
— Naga Babu Konidela (@NagaBabuOffl) March 9, 2023
Despite the row, RRR’s song “Naatu Naatu” has been nominated for an Oscar under the Best Song category and will be performed live by singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava. The entire team of RRR is expected to attend the Oscars ceremony on March 12 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The film has already won several international awards, including Golden Globes, Hollywood Association Awards, Critics Choice Awards, and more.
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