RRR attended, witnessed, and completely dominated the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Naatu Naatu won the Oscar for Best Original Song – let’s be honest, was it ever in doubt? – and there is no question about maintaining composure. The Oscars were presented to composer MM Keeravaani, whose acceptance speech featured a rendition of The Carpenters’ classic Top Of The World, and lyricist Chandrabose.

The incredibly popular song is from the film RRR, which was directed by SS Rajamouli and features the Academy Award-attending stars Ram Charan and Junior NTR. Naatu Naatu defeated an array of heavyweight challengers, including Lady Gaga’s Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, Rihanna’s Raise Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, This Is A Life from Everything Everywhere All the Time, and Applause from Tell It Like It Is.

RRR Won Oscar for Naatu Naatu Song

India Shines at the Oscars with wins for RRR's Naatu Naatu 2023 2
M.M Keeravaani and Chandrabose received Oscar Award for Naatu Naatu Song

RRR Grabs Oscar for Naatu Naatu

It was the second triumph for an Indian film; The Elephant Whisperers took up the award for Best Documentary Short Subject. All That Breathes was also nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature Film, but Navalny won the award.

The global dominance of Naatu Naatu is now complete since the group also won the Golden Globe for Best Original Music in January. During the Oscar event, Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava performed the song live, while Lauren Gottlieb danced. The performance was introduced by Deepika Padukone, the third Indian presenter following Persis Khambatta and Priyanka Chopra

Oscar Award Goes to RRR’s Naatu Naatu Song

MM Keeravaani and Chandrabose join a limited group of Indians who have won Oscars in the past, including costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, composer AR Rahman, lyricist Gulzar, sound engineer Resul Pookutty, and honoree director Satyajit Ray. Naatu Naatu is the first Indian song to win an Oscar, and RRR is the first Indian film to do so.

RRR, which is set in British India, has captivated the hearts of audiences around the globe; it is now playing to packed theatres in Japan and just hosted its largest showing to date in Los Angeles when the audience danced along to Naatu Naatu. The song was filmed outside the Presidential Palace in pre-war Kyiv, Ukraine, and features an exciting dance fight between the characters of Ram Charan and Jr NTR, Raju and Bheem, and their British equivalents. As a result of their intricate routine, Raju and Bheem are the last men standing, sorry, dancing.