RRR, a Telugu movie, is the first Indian movie to ever win Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.
M. M. Keeravani, the song’s composer, accepted the trophy and referred to the song as “the pride of every Indian”. By singing his statement to the tune of The Carpenters’ “Top Of The World,” he also paid tribute to one of his favourite bands.
In addition to Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick, Mitski and David Byrne’s “This Is A Life” from Everything Everywhere All At Once, and Diane Warren’s “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman, the song for which RRR was nominated, “Naatu Naatu,” won the Best Original Song award on March 13.
In addition to winning Best Original Music, “Naatu Naatu” received special recognition during the awards ceremony with a vocal performance by one of its playback singers, Rahul Sipligunj.
In December, RRR was chosen the best Asian movie of 2022 by NME. Hidzir Junaini of NME stated of the movie: “RRR is a rip-roaring crowd-pleaser that makes its three-plus hour runtime feel like 30 minutes,” adding that it “has some of the most magnificent action, dazzling musical pieces, and supercharged passion that you’ll ever see in cinema.”
The audience applauded the act with standing ovations.
“This boisterous extravaganza unlike any other is a fictionalised depiction of the friendship of famed Indian freedom fighters Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem who battled against the British Raj. With its enormous scale, the growing craziness of its bombastic moments, and its anti-imperial core, RRR will astound you.
- First Indian movie to win Best Original Song at the Oscars is “RRR”
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