The Telugu-language blockbuster RRR made history when its song "Naatu Naatu" became the first Indian film song to win an Oscar at the 95th Academy Awards. The song won Best Original Song, triumphing over superstars like Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

The winning team comprised well-known lyricist Chandrabose and composer M.M. Keeravani, who collaborated to write the soundtrack for the movie and all of its songs. Their triumph was celebrated with a stirring rendition of "Naatu Naatu" by song and dance, which was hailed as one of the telecast's highlights this year. During his acceptance speech, Keeravani enthralled the audience by dedicating a significant portion of it to a Carpenters classic, saying, "I grew up listening to the Carpenters, and now here I am with the Oscars," before launching into the song's melody.


"Naatu Naatu" was widely tipped to win, having already won the Golden Globe for best song in January. Presenter Deepika Padukone described the song as "a real banger" and "the first song ever from an Indian production to be nominated for an Oscar," highlighting its status as a nominee for the Academy Awards.

The song's "hook step" choreography, which appeared in footage released before the film's American premiere, went viral on social media, quickly becoming the most well-known movie-music meme of the year.

While Keeravani and Chandrabose are not the first Indians to win the award for best song, they are the first to win it for an Indian production. The soundtrack for the film "Slumdog Millionaire," "Jai Ho," won the 2019 Oscar for best song, giving composer A.R. Rahman a double triumph. Slumdog, however, was a British production, even though it was set in India. Rahman and others have praised "Naatu Naatu's" historical significance and congratulated Keeravani for bringing about what has been called "a paradigm shift" for Indian film abroad.

The song's beat, according to Keeravani, was a key element in its success. In an interview with Variety, the composer stated, "The beat is 6/8 — that's not very usually heard from the West, but more frequently heard from India, and sometimes from Africa, and nations like that." In reality, it has more in common with the South Indian beat than the North Indian beat. Moreover, in "Naatu Naatu," this beat assumed a brand-new dimension and a level of BPM that is incredibly unusual in the West. The Western audience's attention was thus primarily drawn to that.

Keeravani also mentioned the singers he chose to perform a reprise of their soundtrack at the Oscars: "I chose Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava." According to Keeravani, the song "Naatu Naatu" should make you forget about everything. The characters from the story must put aside everything else going on in the world and give the song their undivided attention, not just the audience watching the movie but also them. Furthermore, because it calls for such endurance, the song's coda, or final section, is more of an action sequence than a song.

The Elephant Whisperers, which won in the category of Best Documentary Short Film, earned India a second Oscar. The documentary is the first Indian production to win in this category, and it tells the tale of a couple who look after an injured baby elephant after it becomes separated from its herd. Shot in the beautiful Nilgiri mountains in southern India, The Elephant Whisperers explores the warm bond that forms between people and animals as they learn to coexist.

At the 95th Academy Awards, the Best Original Song award was won by a blockbuster track, triumphing over other music heavyweights such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna. The infectious rhythm and captivating choreography of the song has enthralled audiences worldwide.

India also achieved a second Oscar for The Elephant Whisperers, which won in the Best Documentary Short film category. This groundbreaking documentary recounts the tale of a couple who takes care of an injured baby elephant after it becomes separated from its herd. Shot in the picturesque Nilgiri mountains in southern India, The Elephant Whisperers showcases the heartwarming bond that develops between humans and animals as they coexist.

Nonetheless, Naatu Naatu, a Telugu word meaning raw or rustic, remains India's major triumph. This resounding song has people across the globe grooving to its beat. In January, Naatu Naatu made history by winning a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, a first for India. The same month, it also won the Critics' Choice award for Best Song.

During the acceptance speech, composer MM Keeravani proudly declared that Naatu Naatu was "the pride of every Indian." He reminisced about his childhood listening to American music duo The Carpenters and ended his speech by singing the rest of his speech in the tune of their hit song "Top of the World". The audience burst into laughter and applause as he claimed that RRR had "put him on the top of the world."

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