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'Naatu Naatu' From 'RRR' Wins The Oscar For Best Original Song | Oscar 2023

Oscar For Best Original Song 2023

By Mandeep SokhalPublished about a year ago 3 min read
Top Story - March 2023

The hit Telugu-language movie RRR's song Naatu Naatu made history by becoming the first Indian film song to win an Oscar.

At the 95th Academy Awards, the hit song won Best Original Song, defeating superstars like Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

The award was given to well-known lyricist Chandrabose and composer M.M. Keeravani, who collaborated to write the soundtrack for the movie and all of its songs. Their triumph followed an intense rendition of "Naatu Naatu" by song and dance, which was hailed as one of the telecast's highlights this year. Keeravani dazzled the audience by dedicating a significant portion of his acceptance speech to a Carpenters classic. I grew up listening to the Carpenters, and now here I am with the Oscars, he said before starting to sing the song's melody.

"Naatu Naatu" was regarded as a front-runner and had a good chance of winning even before it won the Golden Globe for best song in January.

According to presenter Deepika Padukone, the song "Naatu Naatu" is "a real banger" and "the first song ever from an Indian production to be nominated for an Oscar," both of which describe the song's status as a nominee for the Academy Awards.

The "hook step" choreography that appeared in footage released before the film's American premiere was imitated on social media, and it quickly became the most well-known movie-music meme of the year.

In actuality, Keeravani and Chandrabose aren't the first Indians to win the award for best song. The soundtrack for the film "Slumdog Millionaire," "Jai Ho," won the 2019 Oscar for best song, giving composer A.R. Rahman a double triumph. Slumdog, however, was a British production even though it was set in India. Rahman is one of many who have lauded "Naatu Naatu's" historical significance and congratulated the legendary Keeravani for bringing about what has been called "a paradigm shift" for Indian film abroad.

The song's beat, according to Keeravaani, was a key element in its success, as she stated in an interview with Variety. According to the composer, "The beat is 6/8 — that's not very usually heard from the West, but more frequently heard from India, and sometimes from Africa, and nations like that." In actuality, it has more in common with the South Indian beat than the North Indian beat. Moreover, in "Naatu Naatu," this beat assumed a brand-new dimension and a level of BPM that is incredibly unusual in the West. The Western audience's attention was thus primarily drawn to that.

However, the musician also mentioned the singers he chose to perform a reprise of their soundtrack at the Oscars: "I chose Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava. Keeravani claims that the song "Naatu Naatu" should make you forget about everything. The characters from the story must put aside everything else going on in the world and give the song their undivided attention, not just the audience watching the movie but also them. Furthermore, because it calls for such endurance, the song's coda, or final section, is more of an action sequence than a song.

The Elephant Whisperers, which won in the category of Best Documentary Short Film, earned India a second Oscar.

The documentary is the first Indian production to take home a prize in the category. It tells the tale of a couple who look after an injured baby elephant after it becomes separated from its herd.

The Elephant Whisperers is a film that explores the warm bond that forms between people and animals as they learn to coexist. It was shot in the beautiful Nilgiri mountains in southern India.

However, Naatu Naatu, a catchy song that has thousands of people bopping to its beats, continued to be India's big victory.

The song already made history in January when it became the first original song from India to win a Golden Globe. It also received the Critics' Choice Award for the best song during the same month.

The song is "the pride of every Indian," composer MM Keeravani said when accepting the Oscar.

The remainder of his speech was delivered in song to the tune of The Carpenters' hit song Top of the World after he mentioned that he had grown up listening to their music.

He said that RRR had "put me on the top of the world," to laughter and cheers from the audience.

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  • 3dotniabout a year ago

    great work

  • mozhibabout a year ago

    Congrats on top story !

  • Erica Wagnerabout a year ago

    Can't wait to see the movie; the number brought joy to the Oscars. You've captured its significance, and its place in Oscars history, perfectly here. Thank you!

  • Mufeetha about a year ago

    Congrats on top story.. Give support..

  • sunny saababout a year ago

    Amazing content what a uniqueness...

  • Marlon Gerrard rassie about a year ago

    lovely movie I saw the trailer and can't wait to watch it soon 😊

  • Manpreet Singh Bhinderabout a year ago

    Proud moment for Indians.

  • Donna Reneeabout a year ago

    So cool! I’m gonna check it out. And congrats on your top story!

  • Dana Stewartabout a year ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Dana Stewartabout a year ago

    It’s a great song and their acceptance speech was one of the best!

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a year ago

    Ohhh I saw this on the Oscars last night. I was happy they won! Hearted! Cool article. Congratulations on top story

  • aly suhailabout a year ago

    Good content, nice work.

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