RRR At The Oscars: Joy And Pride For India

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On March 13, 2023, the 95th Academy Awards ceremony took place. For many outstanding artists, including the production crew of the Telugu movie RRR, it was a night of joy and celebration. One of the evening’s highlights was RRR earning the Best Original Song award, with the song Naatu Naatu stealing fans’ hearts all around the world.

The Oscar triumph of RRR, which continues to enthrall audiences everywhere, is proof of the potency of superb storytelling and lovely music. The film’s message of strength and unity will continue to motivate and encourage people for countless decades to come as Naatu Naatu is now indelibly inscribed in the annals of cinematic history.

As much as we all wanted SS Rajamouli’s masterpiece RRR to win Best Original Music for Naatu Naatu, the Academy chose The Elephant Whisperers by Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga as the Best Documentary Short Film. Even while some people might have been disappointed that Shaunak Sen’s documentary feature did not win, this success has undoubtedly made it possible for other Indian production companies to be recognized on such a significant stage.

Similarities And Differences Between The Indian Winners


M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose
M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose

Both of these documentaries showcase the co-existence of humans and animals where the former takes on the responsibility of caring for creatures outside their habitat. All That Breathes is more city-orientated where two siblings run a Delhi clinic dedicated to curing injured raptors that have fallen prey to the pollution plaguing the city.

On the other, The Elephant Whisperers delves deeper into the life of an indigenous couple living in the Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu who cares for a fragile baby elephant. The link between these two documentaries is that it tells us the importance of living in a world where two forces of nature learn to live in harmony and peace. It shows one species helping the other to grow with the spirit of peaceful co-existence. These two films have also shown the difference in lifestyles between the city and indigenous folk, tied by a common thread of nature.

RRR‘s Naatu Naatu: The Musical Banger Of This Year’s Oscar


Naatu Naatu
Live performance of Naatu Naatu at the Oscars 2023

Coming to possibly one of the absolute favorite moments for every Oscar show enthusiast, RRR’s win for Naatu Naatu was highly anticipated at every movie award show there is. Quite recently, there has been an unfavorable opinion regarding the importance and popularity of songs being inserted into the storyline of Indian films.

People deem it unnecessary and claim that it disrupts the narrative. But when the iconic moment of Ram Charan walking towards a stingy, high-class Britisher and asking him “Do you know Naatu?” the entire world danced along the tunes of M.M. Keeravani. This shows that the impact of Indian songs is not fading away anytime soon.

There are various opinions being thrown around that there have been many Indian songs that deserved the same recognition and say that Naatu Naatu was underwhelming than other tunes from India. One must understand that the audience decides how deeply a song has resonated with them. And the global impact that RRR and this song have created is a testament to that statement.

RRR‘s Music Had A Lot Of Competition, But Even More Awards


RRR awards
RRR’s multiple awards

The song Naatu Naatu from the movie RRR which stars Ram Charan and Jr. NTR restored India’s pride by winning the Best Original Song Oscar at the 95th Academy Awards.

After competing against songs like Applause from Tell It Like a Woman, Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and This Is a Life from Everything Everywhere All at Once, Naatu Naatu made history, surpassing artists like Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, and Rihanna.

This year, Naatu Naatu has already received a Critics’ Choice Award and a Golden Globe.

RRR: A Brief Summary


RRR’s Naatu Naatu

The fictitious account of two real-life Indian rebels, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, and their struggle against the British Raj is told in the movie RRR, which features Jr. NTR, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, and Shriya Saran.

The story, which takes place in the 1920s, focuses on the unrecorded period of their life when both revolutionaries choose to live quiet lives before waging war for their nation.

After RRR was launched in March 2022, Naatu Naatu has been making waves. Ram Charan and Jr. NTR, the movie’s leading actors, appear in it. The popular song was also played during the Oscars. The movie’s cast, though, chose not to participate in the live performance.

Indian Cinema At Its Finest


RRR, The Elephant Whisperers, Last Film Show
RRR, The Elephant Whisperers, Last Film Show posters

Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava are featured in the song, which was written by M.M. Keeravani and has lyrics by Chandrabose. The first Indian song to win the category is Naatu Naatu, from SS Rajamouli’s RRR. One of three Indian films nominated for an Oscar in 2023 is RRR.

When SS Rajamouli’s RRR won the Oscar for Best Original Song, it made history and represented India with pride. On behalf of the group, M.M. Keeravani and lyricist Chandrabose accepted the honor. Actors Jr. NTR and Ram Charan, director SS Rajamouli, singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, and the composer were all in attendance at the significant event. Ram Charan has already released a photo of all the awards that the team RRR has earned.

The performance of Naatu Naatu received a standing ovation during the Academy Awards ceremony, therefore now is the time to salute two Indian women who achieved the seemingly impossible. The Elephant Whisperers, a Netflix original film from Guneet Monga and Kartiki Gonsalves, centers on a couple named Bomman and Bellie who care for abandoned elephants in Tamilnadu’s Madumalai National Park.

The presence of Indian film at an international event with two such disparate subjects—a mass entertainer and a documentary with a message—was not about feelings of passion and national pride but rather offered a glimpse of a bright future.

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According to our Scopo-Meter, we check the following in this movie:

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FilmScopes thank the creators of the movie for making a significant achievement for the team of RRR to win the Best Original Song award at the Oscars 2023 for their track Naatu Naatu.

This recognition has certainly made Indian cinema proud and reflects the talent and dedication of the entire team behind the movie. Congratulations to the creators of RRR on this remarkable accomplishment.

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