India went into celebration mood after Telugu film RRR by SS Rajamouli won Golden Globe Award for “Naatu Naatu” song in the “Best Song” category. It was a proud moment for not just those associated with the film, but every Indian as a regional film was recognized on a global platform. Congratulatory wishes started pouring in for the makers, cast and crew of RRR. However, a BBC journalist called Naatu Naatu song “mediocre”.
After RRR’s big win at Golden Globe Awards, Nikhil Inamdar who works as Business correspondent at BBC, tweeted, “Heard #NaatuNaatu for the first time today. What a tragedy that something so distinctly mediocre is judged our best!”
He continued his rant as he wrote in another tweet, “Jai Ho was so blah!”
“I had the same thoughts about Jai Ho at the Oscars. Of course good for the industry, but begs a question on what parameters were used by the jury,” he said criticizing AR Rahman’s song Jai Ho.
His tweets have sparked a debate on Twitter. While his tweet upset many RRR fans, a few also agreed to his opinion. Someone wrote, “Well said, serious Indian cinema does not win, but rubbish like #SlumdogMillionaire & complete nonsense which caters to a white audience’s needs for “Indian musicals & exoticism” is celebrated … #Swades or an #Aakrosh do not get nominated but these … that is our reality.”
Another tweet reads, “It’s cringe. But people like cringe these days. So, what can you say?”
Someone called out Nikhil and wrote, “Valid personal opinion, but on a day when the nation is celebrating what may be someone’s biggest win, why play spoilsport?”
To this, he reacted, “I’m too insignificant to play spoilsport.”
While Nikhil works at BBC, he has mentioned in his Twitter bio that things that he tweets are his personal views and not of his employer’s. Meanwhile, what do you think of the popular RRR song?