With this victory, “RRR” becomes the first Indian feature film to receive an Oscar award.
“Naatu Naatu,” it’s time to celebrate in India! SS Rajamouli’s “RRR” has made history as the first Indian feature film to win an Oscar. The movie’s soundtrack, composed by MM Keeravani and featuring the hit song “Naatu Naatu,” won the Best Original Song Award at the 95th Academy Awards, currently taking place in Los Angeles, USA.
Composer Keeravani, accompanied by lyricist Chandrabose, accepted the award on stage. During his acceptance speech, Keeravani paid tribute to The Carpenters by rewriting the lyrics of one of their famous songs.
“As a child, I was a big fan of The Carpenters, and now I am standing here holding an Oscar. It was our dream, Rajamouli’s and our families’, that ‘RRR’ should win this award and make every Indian proud. This moment has put me on top of the world,” Keeravani said, singing the modified lyrics to The Carpenters’ 1970s hit, “Top of the World.”
Meanwhile, Chandrabose kept it simple by saying, “Namaste!”
The Oscar win for “Naatu Naatu” is not only a historic moment for “RRR,” but also for Indian cinema. The song has become the first from an Indian film to win an Academy Award. The track’s singers, Rahul Sipligunj and Kala Bhairava, gave a remarkable performance earlier in the ceremony, receiving a standing ovation.
Moreover, “Naatu Naatu” won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song earlier this month, making “RRR” the first Indian film to receive the prestigious award. Composed by MM Keeravaani, the song features lyrics by Chandrabose and is sung by Kala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj.
Based on the lives of freedom fighters Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitarama Raju, “RRR” is a fictional tale set in the 1920s. The film features a star-studded ensemble cast including Jr NTR, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Olivia Morris, Samuthirakani, Alison Doody, and Ray Stevenson.
It’s worth noting that “Jai Ho,” composed by AR Rahman and written by Gulzar, from the 2008 British film “Slumdog Millionaire,” was the first Hindi song to win an Academy Award in the Best Original Score and Original Song categories.