Indian cinema made history at the 95th Academy Awards ceremony when the blockbuster movie RRR was announced as the winner of the Oscar for Best Original Song for the track ‘Nattu Nattu’ and The Elephant Whisperers, won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short category. This is the first time that an Indian production has won an Oscar making it an historic day for Indian cinema.
We have won!!
We have won as Indian Cinema!!
We won as a country!!
The Oscar Award is coming home!@ssrajamouli @mmkeeravaani @tarak9999 @boselyricist @DOPSenthilKumar @Rahulsipligunj @kaalabhairava7 #PremRakshith @ssk1122 pic.twitter.com/x8ZYtpOTDN
— Ram Charan (@AlwaysRamCharan) March 13, 2023
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Oscar Worthy Performance
Deepika Padukone introduced the performance and remarked, “An irresistibly catchy chorus, electrifying beats and killer dance moves to match have made this song a global sensation. It plays during a pivotal scene in RRR, a movie about the friendship between real-life Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem. In addition to being sung in Telugu and illustrating the film’s anti-colonialist themes, it’s also a total banger.”
Just see the grace, the poise, the elegance and the confidence to be at the world stage and do India proud… @deepikapadukone ‘s introduction of #NatuNatu is simply class apart!! pic.twitter.com/rlpjr0GcCa
— Faridoon Shahryar (@iFaridoon) March 13, 2023
She added, “It’s earned millions of views on YouTube and Tik Tok. Has audiences dancing in movie theatres all around the world and is also the first song ever from Indian production to be nominated for an Oscar. Do you know Naatu? Because if you don’t you’re about to. From the film RRR this is Naatu Naatu.”
Nattu Nattu Song from RRR
The fiery number, starring Alia Bhatt, Ram Charan and Jr NTR, composed by M M Keeravani, features the melodious voice of the renowned Indian singer Kaala Bhairava and is a tribute to the beauty of Indian folk music.
Watch the live #Oscars performance of #RRR‘s “Naatu Naatu” from inside the Dolby Theatre, along with director S. S. Rajamouli pic.twitter.com/EQ9aLz0c0y
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 13, 2023
RRR, the big budget movie directed by the legendary Indian film director S. S. Rajamouli had been making waves since its release in 2022. From power packed performances by an ensemble cast to electrifying choreography, mesmerising action and upbeat music RRR had everything going its way to making a history.
S S Rajmouli who had already found success in big budget historic dramas such as Magadhera Baahubali Part 1 and 2 joined with the charming Ram Charan, single take artist Jr NTR and the beautifully talented Alia Bhatt as his lead for his dream project RRR.
The remarkable cast and crew of RRR supported the director’s vision of creating a historic drama with an anti-colonial theme, leaving the audience awestruck at every turn and making cinematic history.
The Elephant Whisperers
Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga’s Netflix documentary short packed all the necessary emotion to evoke a sense of catharsis among the audience.
Whispers turn to roars!
THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS JUST WON AN OSCAR 🥳🥳🥳 pic.twitter.com/ZeD0MhzbaL
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) March 13, 2023
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu, South India, this film is a poignant exploration of the deep connection between humans and animals. The documentary delves into the relationship between tribal communities in India and their natural environment, while also offering insights into Indian culture and the country’s enduring commitment to environmental conservation.
The beautiful Tamil language film takes us through the life of Bonna and Bellie and their unbreakable and undying bond with the orphaned baby elephant named Raghu. The short film is an emotional roller-coaster and a must watch for all those looking for an existential experience.
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