Monday, March 27

India creates history; Naatu Naatu, The Elephant Whisperers win Oscar


JAMMU: Naatu Naatu, the foot-tapping mass anthem from SS Rajamouli’s period-action drama RRR, has won in the Best Original Song category. The song has created history to become the first song from any Indian film to win in the Best Song category.

It had to beat the other nominees in the category which included Applause (Tell It Like a Woman), Hold My Hand (Top Gun Maverick), Lift Me Up (Black Pather Wakanda Forever), and This is a Life (Everything Everywhere All at Once).

Composed by MM Keeravaani, the song has been penned by lyricist Chandrabose and has been sung by Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj. MM Keervaani and Chandrabose went on stage to accept the award on behalf of the team.

RRR garnered several US awards, made it to the BAFTA 2023 longlist in the Film Not in the English Language category, won the Golden Globes in the Best Original Song category, and also bagged the Best Song at the 28th edition of the Critics Choice Awards, along with Best Foreign Language Film, among others.

Earlier today, India won its first Oscar for 2023 for Netflix’s ‘The Elephant Whisperer’ by Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga in the Best Documentary Short Film category at the 95th Academy Awards.

With stunning visuals of Tamil Nadu’s nature, ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ tells the story of this loving relationship — and earned an Oscar nomination in the documentary short film category.

The director went on to thank the Academy, producer Guneet Monga, her family and dedicated the win to her “motherland India”.

“I stand here today to speak for the sacred bond between us and our natural world, for the respect of indigenous communities, and empathy towards other living beings we share space with and finally, for coexistence,” Gonsalves said in her acceptance speech.

She added, “Thank you to the Academy for recognising our film, highlighting indigenous people and animals.. To Netflix for believing in the power of this… To Bomman and Belli for sharing their sacred tribal wisdom to Guneet, my producer…”

“My mentor and my entire team and finally, to my mother, father and sister who are up there somewhere and you are the centre of my universe, to my motherland India,” she concluded.

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