The long-awaited moment has finally arrived – Naatu Naatu, from RRR, has won an Oscar in the Best Song category.
It had tough competition from other nominees in the category, such as Tell It Like a Woman’s Applause, Top Gun Maverick’s Hold My Hand, Black Panther Wakanda Forever’s Lifts Me Up, and Everything Everywhere All at Once’s This is a Life.
Global glory for RRR🇮🇳
— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) March 13, 2023
Variety reported that the victory was awarded to M.M. Keeravani, an experienced composer who co-wrote all the songs and the score for the film, along with Chandrabose, the lyricist. Their success came after a lively and spirited performance of the song “Naatu Naatu,” which was widely regarded as one of the standout moments of this year’s broadcast.
“I grew up listening to the Carpenters and now here I am with the Oscars,” he said as he sang along to the melody of the ’70s pop smash” Top of the World.
RRR has to win, the pride of every Indian, and must put me on the top of the world- M.M. Keeravani
RRR Oscars Highlight: The audience greatly appreciated the performance by Rahul and Kaala, and they all rose from their seats to give them a round of applause. During the award, Deepika Padukone introduced the song and referred to it as a ‘banger.’
— Variety (@Variety) March 13, 2023
“Do you know Naatu? Because if not, you’re about to.”
— LetsCinema (@letscinema) March 13, 2023
Naatu Naatu is not actually the first Indian song to win in the best song category at the Oscars. In the 2019 Oscars, “Jai Ho,” from the film “Slumdog Millionaire,” prevailed, with composer A.R. Rahman coming up a double-winner as he also won the best score.
During an interview with Variety, Keeravaani explained that the success of the song was largely due to its unique beat. The composer stated that the beat is 6/8, which is not commonly found in Western music but is more commonly found in India and some African countries. Keeravaani also noted that in “Naatu Naatu,” the beat was taken to another level with a rare BPM (beats per minute) that is not often heard in the West. This is what primarily caught the attention of the Western audience.
Naatu Naatu is a song with so much stamina and cannot call it merely a song, but an action sequence.