RRR, The Elephant Whisperer: India shines at Oscars. Wins big on awards night

New Delhi | Updated: 13 March, 2023 4:29 pm IST

Naatu Naatu from SS Rajamouli’s RRR has won the Oscar in the Best Song category. It had to beat the other nominees in the category which included Applause (Tell It Like a Woman), Hold My Hand (Top Gun Maverick), Lift Me Up (Black Panther Wakanda Forever), and This is a Life (Everything Everywhere All at Once). Music director MM Keeravaani accepted the award with a Namaste. The film also had a live performance at the event.

Actor Deepika Padukone, who was one of the Oscar presenters this year, announced the Live Performance with Lauren Gottlieb dancing to RRR’s Naatu Naatu. While introducing the song to the audience, Padukone said that the film represents the reel-life friendship between two real-life freedom fighters. The song was performed in Telugu.

“An irresistibly catchy chorus, electrifying beats, and killer dance moves have made this next song a global sensation. It plays during a pivotal scene in RRR, a movie about the friendship between real-life Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitharamaraju and Komuram Bheem, in addition to being sung in Telugu and illustrating the film’s anti-colonial themes. is also a total banker. It is the first song ever from an Indian production to be nominated for an Oscar. Do you know natu? Because if you don’t, you are about to,” said Deepika while announcing the Live performance.

Music composter MM Keeravaan, actors Ram Charan, and Jr NTR cheered the performers, sitting in the audience. Actor-dancer Lauren Gottlieb was part of the dance troupe. This is the second considerable global recognition of RRR. Earlier it had also won Golden Globes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined in the celebrations and sent a congratulatory message to the team of RRR. “Exceptional! The popularity of ‘Naatu Naatu’ is global. It will be a song that will be remembered for years to come. Congratulations to @mmkeeravaani, @boselyricist and the entire team for this prestigious honour. PM @narendramodi congratulate RRR team as “Natu Natu” becomes the first Indian song to bag an Oscar,” he tweeted.

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