By: Mohnish Singh
The SS Rajamouli directorial RRR (2022) has created history by becoming the first Indian feature film to win an Oscar. Its globally popular song “Naatu Naatu” composed by veteran composer MM Keeravani, has been awarded the Best Original Song Award at the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, United States.
“Naatu Naatu” has won the award tumping big names like Rihanna and Lady Gaga.
Composer MM Keeravani and lyricist Chandrabose accepted the award on behalf of the team.
Singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava and composer along with director SS Rajamouli and lead actors Jr NTR and Ram Charan were all present at the big event.
“Naatu Naatu” is the first Telugu song to be nominated in the ‘Original Song’ category at the Oscars.
Earlier, the singers gave a live performance. It was a goosebump moment for all when Naatu Naatu took over the Oscars stage with American dancers doing full justice to the track.
American actor-dancer Lauren Gottlieb also grooved on the track. Actress Deepika Padukone introduced the song to the audience and called it a ‘banger’.
The audience loved Rahul and Kaala’s performance as they all stood up from their seats and applauded them.
The song competed against “Applause” from the film Tell It Like A Woman, “Hold My Hand” from the movie Top Gun: Maverick, “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and “This Is Life” from Everything, Everywhere All At Once.
RRR is a fictional story based on the lives of two Telugu freedom fighters, Alluri Seetharama Raju and Komaram Bheem. Ram Charan and Jr NTR played lead roles, respectively. Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, and Shriya Saran also starred in the film.
Earlier the Indian documentary film The Elephant Whisperers won the Oscar in the ‘Best Documentary Short Film’ category.
Producer Guneet Monga along with director Kartiki Gonsalves took centre stage to accept the honour.