"I wasn't a fan of Naatu Naatu in RRR"... says the father of the Oscar won composer MM Keeravani!

(This article is authored by Alar)

The Indian film industry is currently celebrating the success of the song 'Naatu Naatu' from the movie 'RRR' at the 95th Academy Awards, which has won the prestigious Oscar for Best Original Song. The song is written by the talented lyricist Chandrabose and composed by the renowned music director MM. Keeravani. It is sung by his son Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj. The entire 'RRR' team, along with the rest of the country, is currently in a celebratory mood.

However, amidst all the excitement, veteran lyric writer Koduri Shiva Shakti Datta, who also happens to be Keeravani's father, reportedly opined that he doesn't think 'Naatu Naatu' is the best song his son has composed. Speaking in a interview with a popular media house, he said that even though he is proud of his son's achievements, he believes there are several other tunes and songs that are far superior to 'Naatu Naatu'.

"When he was just three years old, I forced him to take music lessons. I'm always in awe of his extraordinary talent. Yet, I wasn't a fan of Naatu Naatu in RRR. " He continued, "If "Naatu Naatu" is a song at all, where is the music? This is why we speak of fate and why it is unpredictable," he explains.

He reportedly added that Keeravani was not recognised when he gave several blockbusters in different languages, but was recognised for this, and that Chandrabose, who has written thousands of blockbusters, was recognised and awarded for 'Naatu Naatu' However, he believes that a special mention should be made of its choreographer Prem Rakshit's incredible dance composition, without which it would not have gotten this far. JrNTR and Ramcharan should also be commended for doing Prem Rakshit's dance moves justice, he added.

The film "Kalki," which was supposed to be released in 1990 but never was, was the composer's first big break. However, the 1991 smash hit Kshana Kshanam catapulted him to stardom. Soundtrack to the Ram Gopal Verma film was widely praised. Later in life, he went on to compose several timeless classics in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam, eventually opened doors to the light with RRR.

The viral track was accompanied by a addictive choreography featuring Ram Charan and Jr NTR dancing enthusiastically, and it quickly became a hit. Within the first 24 hours of its release, it had racked up over 17 million views on YouTube and spawned countless dance covers from around the world. Naatu Naatu is one of six songs from RRR, which is set in pre-independence India and tells the fictional story of two freedom fighters played by Ram Charan and Jr NTR.

The film also stars Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Olivia Morris, Samuthirakani, Alison Doody, Ray Stevenson among others. RRR is one of India’s most expensive films, which is produced by DVV Danayya under the banner of DVV Entertainments, the cinematography is handled by K.K. Senthil Kumar. The film's budget is estimated to be over Rs. 500 crores, and garnered more than 1000 crores.