Naatu Naatu from the movie RRR wins an Oscar under the best original song category. It is a big historic moment for Indian cinema. Read on to know more!
This year at the Oscars was extremely special for Indians, as we had three amazing nominations from Indian cinema, and one of them was for the best original song category. Naatu Naatu from the film RRR got nominated, and the Indian fans were excited like crazy.
Besides, when it comes to the movies category, we had “All That Breathes” under the “Best Documentary Feature” category and “The Elephant Whisperers” under the “Best Documentary (Short Subject)” category.
All this long-awaited excitement went into a full-blown celebration today, as finally, Naatu Naatu acclaimed the title of the Best Original Song, defeating other nominations that included ‘Applause’ from “Tell It Like a Woman”, ‘Hold My Hand’ from “Top Gun: Maverick”, ‘Lift Me Up’ from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and ‘This Is a Life’ from “Everything Everywhere All at Once”.
‘Naatu Naatu’ from ‘RRR’ wins the Oscar for Best Original Song! #Oscars #Oscars95 pic.twitter.com/tLDCh6zwmn
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 13, 2023
RRR’s Naatu Naatu Has Made History By Becoming The First Indian Song To Win An Oscar-
Directed by SS. Rajamouli, RRR has created history by winning the Oscar for best original song. For the uninformed, the film Slumdog Millionaire’s (British film) song Jai Ho by Resul Pookutty and A. R. Rahman won two Academy Awards in 2009 for Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Score. Gulzar Sahab also won an Oscar at the 81st Academy Awards for Best Original Song for “Jai Ho.”
History was made back then, and now it’s repeating itself again for the Indian film fraternity! A big win by Indian artists and musicians!
Coming to Naatu Naatu, Rahul Sipligunj, and Kaala Bhairava are the singers of this power-packed song. Kanukuntla Subhash Chandrabose wrote the lyrics, and M.M. Keeravaani composed the music for Naatu Naatu.
The 95th Oscars award night took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on March 12 (March 13 in India). The ABCD film actor and former Jhalak Dikhala Jaa runner-up, Lauren Gottlieb, joined Kaala Bhairava, Rahul Sipligunj, and choreographer Prem Rakshith for the great Naatu Naatu live performance at the 2023 Academy Awards.
How Did Naatu Naatu Play an Essential Role in the Cinematography of RRR?
No wonder Naatu Naatu plays an essential role when it comes to the cinematography of the film RRR. The fictional pre-independence story “RRR” (Rise Roar Revolt) follows two actual Indian rebels in the 1920s: Alluri Sitarama Raju, played by Ram Charan, and Komaram Bheem, played by Jr. NTR.
In “Naatu Naatu,” Ram Charan and Jr. NTR dance together to the song’s infectious beat, celebrating the ultimate camaraderie and brotherhood. With a duration of more than 4.35 minutes, it exemplifies the fun-loving nature of country music.
Naatu Naatu was filmed on the grounds of Kyiv, Ukraine’s Presidential House. The song was shot before the whole Ukraine-Russia conflict. Recently, Rajamouli disclosed in an interview that Prem Rakshith, the choreographer, created more than “100 variants” of the hook step for the song, and it would not be wrong to say that the song has created an everlasting impact even on the general population around the world.
People have chosen their own unique and comfortable dance routines for the song and played it at every wedding, event, and dance club not only in India but overseas too.
Ram Charan discussed the explosive Naatu Naatu in an interview with Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso and said (not verbatim):
“It is more than just a performer. Every scene in Rajamouli’s films is carefully planned. Because of the drama and the emotions it highlights, the song has made it to the Oscars. It is not a beautiful coincidence, and the work put in behind the scenes for Naatu Naatu was enormous.”
He continued by saying something along these lines;
“Everything that went into making the song so special—the friendship, the brotherhood on display, the yin and yang that the two leading men (Charan and Jr. NTR) represent— all came together to make the song an epic hit.”
Another Big Win Of Indian Cinema At the 95th Oscars-
As if this huge RRR win was not enough for Indians, another Indian Tamil movie, “The Elephant Whisperers,” also won an Oscar in the best documentary short subject category at the 95th Academy Awards. The film is directed by filmmaker Kartiki Gonsalves in her directorial debut, and Guneet Monga is the producer of this documentary.
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