Billions of Indians rejoiced when the energetic dance track-Naatu Naatu from the movie RRR received the Oscars for Best Original Song. It is the first Indian song ever to win an Oscar.
The win marks a momentous achievement for the Indian cinema and music industry and is a cause of celebration for every Indian worldwide. Naatu Naatu has firmly established its place as one of the finest works of Indian cinema by grabbing the prestigious Academy Award. The song is composed by M. M. Keeravani and sung by famous South Indian playback singers Kaala Bhairava, M. M. Keeravani, and Rahul Sipligunj.
The song was a global sensation right after its release. Less than a week after its release, ‘Naatu Naatu’ had broken multiple records across streaming platforms, soaring to greater heights with thousands of streams daily.
This achievement serves as a reminder that hard work and the thirst to excel can result in big wins, even if it takes years to reach them. Post the winner announcement, #NaatuNaatu has been trending on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, with fans around the world expressing their elation and pride at this historic win.
RRR, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, is one of the highest-grossing movies in Indian cinema. The movie released in 2022. The movie stars Ram Charan, NTR Jr. and Alia Bhatt in leading roles. The film has been praised for its stunning visual effects, gripping story and excellent music score.
This triumph has been a long-awaited one for Indian cinema. Lovers of movie music have been anxiously awaiting a win in this prestigious category for over thirty years, and with Naatu Naatu’s success at this year’s ceremony, there are now greater expectations from the Indian music industry.
The win is not just a personal victory for its composers but also a source of immense national pride as India set its mark on one of the most coveted awards ceremonies in world cinema. With Naatu Naatu’s win, it is hoped that more movies from India will be seen as contenders for the Academy Awards.
The historic win is an extraordinary feather in India’s cap. Not only does it boost the morale of the creative and artistic talent present in India, but it also stands as a testimony to the world about Indian culture being capable of delivering exceptional cinematic experiences.
Post RRR’s OTT release, it got a greater global reach, and the song has since received a lot of love from the foreign audiences as well. In his acceptance speech, Keeravani sang a self-composed song in honour of Rajamouli, and the entire nation of India.
Earlier this year, Naatu Naatu won in the same category at the Golden Globes. It also won Best Song at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Hollywood Critics Association. The other nominees in this category were Applause from Tell It like a Woman (Diane Warren), Hold My Hand from Top Gun Maverick (Lady Gaga and BloodPop), Lift Me Up from Black Panther Wakanda Forever (Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson), This Is a Life from Everything Everywhere All at Once (Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski).