In a historic win, Naatu Naatu from the movie RRR won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the Oscars 2023. This is a remarkable achievement for the Indian film industry, as the song has won against some of the most formidable competitors, including Rihanna’s Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Diane Warren’s Applause from Tell It Like a Woman, Lady Gaga’s Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, and David Byrne’s This Is a Life from Everything Everywhere All at Once.
M M Keeravaani, the composer of Naatu Naatu, expressed his joy and excitement over the win in an interview with Subhash K Jha. He said, “I always had confidence that we would win, but hearing the actual announcement is an indescribable feeling. I am thrilled beyond words.”
Reacting minutes after the historic win, Composer M M Keeravaani tells “I told you I was confident we’d do it. But I’ve to admit that the actual announcement is a different feeling altogether. I can’t explain it.
“I want to say, this Oscar belongs to all of us in the RRR team — Rajamouli, Ram Charan, NTR Jr, lyricist Chandrabose, and singers Rahul Sipligunj, Kaala Bhairava.
“Most importantly, we’ve made our country proud. No words to express my gratitude.”
PM Narendra Modi congratulates the Naatu Naatu win. “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. India is elated and proud. #Oscars,” Modi tweeted.
RRR is a period drama set in the 1920s and is based on the lives of two legendary freedom fighters, Alluri Seetharamaraju and Komaram Bheem. The film boasts an impressive cast, including Ram Charan and Jr NTR in lead roles, along with Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Olivia Morris, Samuthirakani, Alison Doody, and Ray Stevenson. The film has received positive reviews from critics and has garnered an overwhelming response from audiences both in India and across the globe.
Naatu Naatu is a beautiful and melodious song that perfectly captures the spirit and essence of RRR. The success of Naatu Naatu at the Oscars 2023 is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and creativity of the entire team behind RRR. The song’s win not only showcases the immense talent of the Indian film industry but also highlights the beauty and richness of Indian music and culture.