SS Rajamouli is in the middle of a Twitter storm. The Baahubali filmmaker recently confessed that he found the Oscar-winning Korean dark-comedy thriller, Parasite, too boring. In an interview, he said, "Parasite didn’t work much for me. I felt the film was a little slow in the beginning. We started watching the film a little bit late around 10 PM, and so halfway through, I dozed off and slept." This honest opinion from SS Rajamouli left netizens with mixed feelings. Some appreciated the fact that he was honest and did not succumb to general opinion, others felt that it was slightly unbecoming of him to deride a film that is hailed as a sheer work of art.
Prashant Kumar, the filmmaker who made the Telugu dark comedy, Mithai, has not taken lightly to the Baahubali maker's criticism of Parasite. He took to Twitter to post an open letter. Kumar tweeted, "SS Rajamouli slept off while watching Parasite and found it boring and slept off. More than anything, Parasite is an original piece of work. Originality deserves respect, especially when it is powerful enough to cut across language barriers and Parasite has done that, my open letter."
In his letter, he wrote that SS Rajamouli has copied scenes from films without even giving an acknowledgement. He stated that no one said anything out of mutual respect. Parasite is hailed as one of the best films to come out of Asia. Bong Joon-Ho became the second Asian filmmaker after Ang Lee to win the award. In his speech, Bong Joon-Ho said, "When I was in school, I studied Martin Scorsese films, just to be nominated was an honor. I never thought I would win. When people in the U.S. were not familiar (with my films), Quentin (Tarantino) always put my films on his list. Thank you so much. Quentin, I love you. Todd and Sam, great Directors, I admire. I will drink until next morning." Meanwhile, Rajamouli is busy with his projects, RRR and another one with Mahesh Babu.
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