Breaking! RRR Makes History with Naatu Naatu Winning Best Original Song at 95th Academy Awards!

(This article is authored by Alar)

In a historic moment for Indian cinema, the song "Naatu Naatu" from the blockbuster film RRR has won the coveted Best Original Song award at the 95th Academy Awards took place on March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The stunning victory comes as a proud moment for the Indian film industry and fans alike, as it is the first time an Indian song has been recognized with such an honor.

The composer MM Keeravaani and lyricist Chandrabose, received the Oscars, where Keeravani sang a version of The Carpenters' hit Top Of The World as his acceptance speech.  Composed by the talented MM Keeravaani and featuring lyrics by the skilled Chandrabose, "Naatu Naatu" competed against some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Lady Gaga's Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, Rihanna's Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, This Is A Life from Everything Everywhere All At Once, and Applause from Tell It Like A Woman.

The song was brought to life by the energetic performances of singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava and dance maestro Lauren Gottlieb during the live Oscar ceremony. Adding to the excitement, Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone graced the stage as a presenter and introduced the stunning performance. This year has been a winning streak for Naatu Naatu, having already clinched  at the Golden Globes earlier this year for the song. Not stopping there it has also triumphed at the Critics' Choice Awards and the Hollywood Critics Association. 

RRR, directed by the visionary S. S. Rajamouli and co-written with V. Vijayendra Prasad, tells the epic story of two legendary Indian freedom fighters. The film features an ensemble cast including N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Shriya Saran, Samuthirakani, Ray Stevenson, Alison Doody, and Olivia Morris. 

RRR is an epic tale that revolves around the lives of two legendary Indian revolutionaries, as SS Rajamouli was inspired by the fascinating stories of Rama Raju and Bheem and envisioned what would have happened if they had crossed paths and formed an alliance. The movie was shot extensively across India and some sequences were also filmed in Ukraine and Bulgaria.

The music and background score of RRR were composed by the talented M. M. Keeravani, while K. K. Senthil Kumar did the cinematography, and A. Sreekar Prasad handled the editing. Sabu Cyril served as the production designer, while V. Srinivas Mohan supervised the visual effects. Made with a whopping budget of ₹550 crores, RRR is the most expensive Indian film to date.

The movie created waves at the box office, grossing around ₹1,200 crores worldwide. It has set several box office records for an Indian film, becoming the third highest-grossing Indian film and the second highest-grossing Telugu film worldwide. Now the film's success at the box office and the Oscars has set a new benchmark for Indian cinema and reaffirmed its position on the global stage. Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of RRR's next installment and are excited to see what magic the creative team has in store.