SS Rajamouli’s RRR journey has been fantastic both in India and overseas, and the film’s song ‘Naatu Naatu’ has added another accolade to the list with its win at the Oscars 2023. Not only did the song win the award for outstanding original score at the 95th Academy Awards, which were held at Dolby Theatres, but it also inspired the Hollywood mavericks to perform its hook step on stage.
Deepika Padukone, one of this year’s presenters, took the Oscars 2023 stage to announce the performance of RRR’s “Naatu Naatu” and even made a particular mention of the song amidst raucous applause. This song’s irresistibly catchy lyrics, powerful beats, and killer dancing moves have made it a worldwide phenomenon.
It plays during a critical scene in “RRR,” a film about the friendship between the Indian rebels Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem in real life. In addition to being performed in Telugu and expressing the film’s anti-colonial themes, it is an absolute banger!”
“Millions of people have viewed it on YouTube and Tik Tok. It is the first song ever from an Indian production to be nominated for an Oscar and has audiences dancing in movie theatres all around the world. Do you know Naatu? Because if you don’t you’re soon too. This is Naatu Naatu, from the film RRR. ” A standing ovation followed the act,” she stated.
— RRR Movie (@RRRMovie) March 13, 2023
Composed by veteran Telugu music director M.M. Keeravani with vocals by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava and lyrics by Chandrabose, ‘Naatu Naatu’ defeated ‘Applause’ from Tell It Like a Woman, ‘Hold My Hand’ from Top Gun: Maverick, ‘Lift Me Up’ from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and ‘This Is a Life,’
With the victory, the film became the first Indian film to have a song win the prize. In addition, it is the second Indian song to win this coveted award, following Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire, which won in the same category in 2009.
Before making waves at the Oscars, the song won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song in 2023. It was nominated alongside “Carolina” by Taylor Swift from Where The Crawdads Sing, “Ciao Papa” by Guillermo del Toro, Roeban Katz, and Alexandre Desplat from the director’s film Pinocchio, “Lift Me Up” by Rihanna from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and “Hold My Hand” by Lady Gaga from Top Gun: Maverick.
‘RRR’ also received wider praise at this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards, where ‘Naatu Naatu’ won Best Music and the film was named Best Foreign Language. Moreover, RRR was nominated for Best Director, Best Film, and Best Visual Effects.
— RRR Movie (@RRRMovie) February 25, 2023
The film also received multiple honors at the Hollywood Critics Association Awards, including Best International Cinema, Best Action Picture, Best Stunts, and Best Original Music for the Oscar-nominated Naatu Naatu. On the official Twitter account for the film RRR, the filmmakers posted a photo of SS Rajamouli, Ram Charan, MM Keeravani, and the rest of the cast and crew, along with the hashtags #RRRMovie and #HCAFilmAwards.
On stage, when accepting the prize for Best Foreign Film, SS Rajamouli said, “Aaah! The finest foreign picture… Again, to all my fellow filmmakers in India, we must think that we can actually create international films! Thank you HCA for that; it is greatly appreciated. Thank you very, very much. Jai Hind.”
In light of the film’s and song’s victorious momentum, it is surely “Naatu Naatu” time for all Indians.