Oscars 2023: ‘Naatu Naatu’ from ‘RRR’ wins Best Original Song
‘Natu Natu’ song from SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus movie RRR created history be becoming first Indian film ever to win an Oscar for the Best Original Song at Oscars 2023 on Sunday at Los Angeles.
Keeravaani, music composer of the song, accepted the award in a musical fashion, describing the song as ‘the pride of India’ and greeting Oscar audiences with a ‘namaste.’ RRR is the first Indian film in over two decades to be nominated for the Academy Awards while ‘Naatu Naatu‘ was the first Indian song to be nominated at the Oscars.
In the category, the Telugu song was nominated alongside ‘Applause’ from 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.”
The RRR at the #OSCARS!!! #Oscars95 #NaatuNaatu #RRRMovie pic.twitter.com/QT1LGcRFtU
— RRR Movie (@RRRMovie) March 12, 2023
Last week, legendary music composer AR Rahman had told ANI, “I want Natu Natu to win awards, I want them to win the Grammy also because any award for any of us will lift India up and the concentration of our culture will become higher.”
'Naatu Naatu' from 'RRR' wins the Oscar for Best Original Song! #Oscars #Oscars95 pic.twitter.com/tLDCh6zwmn
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 13, 2023
He added, “I thought it (India getting a nomination) would start ten years back. It’s 12 years late. This should happen every year from India because we are a country of 1.3 billion people and there are amazing geniuses in every aspect of filmmaking. Most of the movies don’t enter the competition. At least they (makers of RRR) had the thing to put it out there. If nobody knows your movie, who is going to vote for it? I wish them the very best and I want them to win.”
As of 2022, apart from Mother India, only two Indian films have been nominated for the Oscars are Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Lagaan (2001). however, both the movies couldn’t bag the prestigious award.
In 2008, AR Rahman won two awards at the Oscars for his work on the Hollywood production Slumdog Millionaire, set in India, with an all-Indian cast however it was not India’s entry.
Rajamouli’s RRR wins the prestigious Saturn Award
Pan-India director SS Rajamouli’s period drama ‘RRR’, starring South superstars – Ram Charan and Jr NTR, is going places. The movie, which turned out to be a blockbuster worldwide, has received a tremendous response from the audience in Japan by winning the prestigious Saturn Award in the Best International Film category.
The makers tweeted sharing the good news, “We RRR honored to win the prestigious #SaturnAward for the Best International award !! The entire team of #RRRMovie thanks the jury for appreciating our film…”
A video of the filmmaker himself was shared where SS Rajamouli expressed his excitement, “I’m so glad that our film RRR has won the Saturn Award in the Best International Film category. I thank the jury on behalf of our entire team. We are super elated. This is also the second Saturn Award for my films. The first one I won for Baahubali: The Conclusion. I would like to congratulate all the other winners.”
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In Pics | 67th Parle Filmfare Awards South 2022 conclude in a glittering ceremony at Bengaluru
Act 1978, Jai Bhim, Pushpa: The Rise- Part 1, and Ayyappanum Koshiyum were honoured with the Best Film Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam respectively at 67th Parle Filmfare Awards…
To celebrate the cinematic brilliance of Indian films encompassing four languages namely, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada, Filmfare on Oct 9 hosted the 67th Parle Filmfare Awards South 2022 with Kamar Film Factor. The best movies, actors, and technical talents from Southern India were felicitated with the coveted Black Lady for their work across films released in all four languages between 2020 and 2021.
Hosted by the charming duo Diganth and Ramesh Aravind who were seen engaging with the audience and celebrities and making the evening a fun and entertaining affair for everyone, the evening saw the beloved star of Kannada cinema, the late Puneeth Rajkumar being given the Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously. Coincidentally, it happened to be his death anniversary.
The Winners are:
Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1 received the Best Film Award Telugu. For his mind-blowing performance in this action movie, Allu Arjun came out as the winner under the Best Actor (Male) Telugu category. And the award for Best Actor (Female) went to Sai Pallavi for her outstanding performance in Love Story. Director Sukumar Bandreddi received the award under the Best Director Award by Popular Choice Telugu category for the film Pushpa: The Rise- Part 1.
Jai Bhim was awarded the Best Film Award Tamil as the crowd and the cast members of the film cheered in joy. Director Sudha Kongara was felicitated with Best Director Award by Popular Choice Tamil for his super hit film Soorarai Pottru. Actors Suriya and Lijomol Jose were felicitated with the Best Actor (Male and Female) Telugu category for their brilliant performances in their films Soorarai Pottru and Jai Bhim respectively.
Nimisha Sajayan was awarded the Best Actor (Female) Malayalam award for her film The Great Indian Kitchen. Biju Menon’s excellent performance in the film Ayyappanum Koshiyum won him the Best Actor (Male) Malayalam category award and the audience applauded him as he walked up the stage. The winner of the Best Film in Malayalam category was none other than Ayyappanum Koshiyum. And finally, the Best Director Malayalam was awarded to Senna Hegde for the film Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam.
Raj B Shetty was invited onto the stage to collect his Best Director Kannada award for the master-piece Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana. The audience applauded as Act 1978 won the Best Film Kannada award. Yagna Shetty also bagged the Best Actor (Female) Kannada for her role in Act 1978. Best Actor (Male) Kannada was awarded to Dhananjaya for his performance in the blockbuster movie Badava Rascal.
This mega celebration took place in Bengaluru at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre.
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Rana Daggubati joins the Avengers team, lends his voice for Thanos
Actor Rana Daggubati has lent his voice for the character of Thanos in the Telugu version of the film Avengers: Infinity War. The mega Marvel Cinematic Universe Hollywood film directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and produced by Kevin Feige will release worldwide on April 27.
Rana has finished dubbing for the movie and is super excited about the project. In a statement, he has said that he has grown up reading Marvel comics and watching Marvel movies and that dubbing for the character of Thanos was a thrill. Rana said, Dubbing for Thanos, a villain so powerful that some of the biggest superheroes have a tough time dealing with, is an exciting experience.
Bikram Duggal, Executive Director and Head, Studio Entertainment, Disney India, while talking about the association with Rana, said, This year marks a milestone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it turns 10 and to add to the excitement, we are releasing Avengers: Infinity War ? the biggest superhero crossover one has ever seen. We are offering our fans in South India an opportunity to experience the grandeur of the movie in a language that they prefer. With Rana Daggubati coming on board as the voice of Thanos, we are confident of reaching out to a wider audience base while retaining the magnitude and staying true to the ethos of the Marvel brand.”