‘Naatu Naatu’ Bests Rihanna, Lady Gaga; Wins Best Original Song
Photo Twitter: Music composer MM Keeravaani and lyricist Chandrabose.
LOS ANGELES, CA (IANS) – ‘Naatu Naatu’ picturized on Ram Charan and NTR Jr from the film ‘RRR’ won the Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards on March 12, held here at the Dolby Theater.
Leaving behind names such as Lady Gaga, Diane Warren and Rihanna, ‘Naatu Naatu‘ made history after contending against songs such as ‘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’.
Music composer M.M. Keeravaani said on receiving the honor: “Thank you Academy. I grew up listening to The Carpenters… and here I am at the Oscars.” He said that he had grown up listening to songs by The Carpenters – a Southern California American music duo – and sang 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 said that RRR had “put me on the top of the world,” and sang, “there was only one wish on my mind… So was Rajamouli’s and my family… ‘RRR’, pride of every Indian.”
The movie’s official Twitter handle called the win a “surreal moment” and dedicated it to “all our amazing fans across the world”.
Telugus around the world were joyous with the song’s hashtag trending and praise being heaped on Keeravaani and his brother in law, the film maker Rajamouli.