Oscars 2023: RRR’s Naatu Naatu wins best original song

Kathmandu: The song Naatu Naatu from the hit Telugu-language film RRR has made history by becoming the first Indian film song to win an Oscar.

The blockbuster track won Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards, beating heavyweights like Lady Gaga and Rihanna, reported BBC.

Its catchy tempo and choreography has captivated audiences around the world.

Accepting the award, composer MM Keeravani said the song was “the pride of every Indian”.

On arrival at the ceremony, Kaala Bhairava, one of the singers of Naatu Naatu, told The Hollywood Reporter that the song was award-worthy because it was “rooted to its nativity”.

Naatu Naatu has already made history by for best original song in January – a first for India. The same month, the song also won the Critics Choice award for the best song.

The peppy track – which translates to “Dance, Dance” in Telugu – became a global sensation after the film’s release in the US last year.

Shot in front of the picturesque Mariinskyi Palace in Ukraine, the song features the film’s lead actors – Ram Charan and Jr NTR – performing energetic dance moves.

The lively choreography has inspired several Instagram reels and dance trends on social media.

The film’s director, SS Rajamouli, told Vanity Fair that he envisioned Naatu Naatu as a “fight scene” in which two freedom fighters bring a British officer to his knees – through dance.

RRR – short for Rise, Roar, Revolt – is a historical fantasy that tells the story of two revolutionaries who fight against British rule in India.

The dazzling action epic is one of India’s most expensive films. The song itself was shot over 15 days, with 150 dancers and a crew of 200 working 12 hours a day.

The song features beats commonly used in folk songs in India’s Telugu-speaking states, and several folksy references.

(News Source: BBC)