And the moment we had all been waiting for is here! SS Rajamouli's magnum opus, the RRR team which was sitting behind everyone else at Oscar 2023, went wild after 'Naatu Natu' made history by becoming the first Indian film to win an Oscar for best original song.
With that prestigious award, the song became the first song from any Indian production to win the award. Composer Keeravani, along with lyricist Chandrabose, collected the award. Keeravani delivered his acceptance speech in the form of a rewritten Carpenters song.
While accepting the award, Song composer MM Keeravaani said, “I grew up listening to Oscars and here I am with the Oscars. In a musical speech, he said, “There was only one wish on my mind...RRR has to win ...the pride of every Indian...and it must put me on the top of the world."
It had to beat the other nominees in the category which included Applause (Tell It Like a Woman), Hold My Hand (Top Gun Maverick), Lifts Me Up (Black Pather Wakanda Forever), and This is a Life (Everything Everywhere All at Once).
It should be noted that the RRR is the first Indian film in over two decades to be nominated for the Academy Awards while the 'Naatu Naatu' was the first Indian song to be nominated at the Oscars. For unreserved, it is the second Indian song to win this prestigious award. after Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire won one in 2009 in the same category.
Earlier today, the Oscar ceremony couldn’t get enough of ‘Naatu Naatu’ as the track’s singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava gave a stellar performance at the ceremony. The performance got them a standing ovation.
Notably, ‘Naatu Naatu’ won the Golden Globe for the best song earlier this month. The win made RRR the first Indian film to win a Golden Globe. The song is composed by music director MM Keeravaani, and sung by Kala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj, with lyrics by Chandrabose.
Reacting to the news, PM Modi congratulated team RRR for Naatu Naatu's historic win at the Oscars. He said the popularity of Naatu Naatu is global.
In a tweet, PM Modi wrote, “Exceptional! The popularity of ‘Naatu Naatu’ is global. It will be a song that will be remembered for years to come. Congratulations to @mmkeeravaani, @boselyricist and the entire team for this prestigious honour. India is elated and proud.