By Jyothi Venkatesh
Yes. Music director M.M. Keeravani aka Kreem has done it and made India proud after A.R. Rahman made India proud by bagging the Best Original Song Oscar way back with Subhash Ghai’s film Jai Ho. Following the Oscar musical victory, at the 95th Academy Awards after Deepika Padukone announced the same, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, MM Keeravaani has brought the world’s attention back to India. The joyfully energizing anthem “Naatu Naatu” sung by Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj and choreographed by Prem Rakshit for the movie “RRR” by Keeravaani won best original song. Keeravaani composed the music, and Chandrabose has written the lyrics. Naatu Naatu from RRR Wins & we are in tears of Joy having scored a historic victory by beating Rihanna, Lady Gaga, etc.
“Naatu Naatu” which has already won a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice Award this year earlier, was India’s second Oscar for the night. The Elephant Whisperers, directed by Kartiki Gonsalves and produced by Guneet Monga, received a well-deserved nomination in the Best Documentary Short category. The movie has a running time of 41 minutes and debuted on Netflix on December 8, 2022. Says an overjoyed Keeravani, “It’s important so that more and more music and talented artists from my country can have a chance to get this kind of recognition so that the world embraces India music more than ever.”
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For the unversed, RRR’s stars Jr NTR, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, and Shriya Saran tell the fictional story of two real-life Indian revolutionaries, Alluri Sitarama Raju, and Komaram Bheem and their fight against the British Raj. Set in the 1920s, the plot explores the undocumented period in their lives when both the revolutionaries chose to go into obscurity before they began the fight for their country.
Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes missed the chance to win the Best Documentary Feature Film, Oscar. The film, which HBO has since bought, was up against Navalny, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Fire of Love, A House Built of Splinters, and other contenders. Writing with Fire, a film by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh was nominated for an Oscar last year but fell short to Questlove’s Summer of Soul.
Other contenders for the best original song included Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” with BloodPop, Diane Warren’s “Tell It Like a Woman,” Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up,” a song she co-wrote with Tems, director Ryan Coogler, and composer Ludwig Goransson, and “This is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Ryan Lott, who together with his band Son Lux was also nominated for best original score, worked with Mitski, David Byrne, and Ryan Lott to compose the latter song.
In a fitting tribute to the song, “Naatu Naatu” was performed at the ceremony by Bhairava and Sipligunj. The performance was accompanied by dancers and was introduced by Deepika Padukone. The song was a hot favorite to win after it picked up honors at several precursor awards. Sadly, though RRR was also considered one of the contenders for Best Picture, it failed to ultimately make the cut. It was also shut out of the Best International Feature race when the Film Federation of India chose the Gujarati film Chhello Show as India’s representative instead.