Historian criticizes ‘nasty portrayal’ of Brits in “RRR”, but is retrained by Indians


Blockbuster Indian-Telegu RRRIt is poised to be one the most unexpected movie hits of the year, having been praised by both critics as well as audiences after its release on Netflix.

The 3-hour-long action film is often over-the top but extremely entertaining. It tells the fictional story of Komaram Beheem, and Alluri Sitaramaraju, real-life Indian revolutionaries that fought against British colonization of India in the 1920s. However, they never met.

You may have already seen the film, but you should go back and watch it again.

However, it doesn’t seem to have been a hit with everyone. This includes Robert Tombs (historian), who wrote a piece. The SpectatorCriticism of the film’s nasty portrayal British in the film

Tombs wrote: “To portray British officials and soldiers roaming the country casually committing crimes is a sign of absolute ignorance or of deliberate dishonesty… So films like RRR do not reveal some hidden truth about the past, nor do they express genuine popular feelings. They try to stir up synthetic emotions…Netflix should be ashamed for promoting it.”

While Tombs has the right to his opinions and has the credentials to speak on this matter, it is important to point out that RRR does not reflect any factual accuracy. This should be obvious to anyone who has seen the film. But the piece is being criticized by both Indian people on Twitter and fans from around the world.

RRR is the most expensive Indian film ever made with a budget of ₹550 crore ($72 million) and briefly became the second highest grossing Indian film ever.

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