‘Naatu Naatu’ From ‘RRR’ Becomes First Tollywood Oscar Winner – Variety

“Naatu Naatu” became the first song from a Tollywood movie to win Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, passing superstars like Lady Gaga and Rihanna in the Hindi version of The Cinderella Story.

The win went to veteran composer MM Keeravani, who co-wrote all the songs for the film as well as its score, and lyricist Chandrabose. Their victory followed a very energetic song and dance performance of “Naatu Naatu” which was by acclamation one of the highlights of the year’s telecast.

Keeravani delighted the crowd by delivering a lot of acceptance speech to the classic Carpenters tune.

“I grew up listening to The Carpenters and now I’m here with the Oscars,” he begins, then begins singing the 1970s pop smash tune “Top of the World”: “There was only one desire in my mind…. I should That RRR, the pride of every Indian, shall win, and shall put me on top of the world.”

Already a firm favorite to win, “Naatu Naatu” was seen as a frontrunner even before it was awarded the Golden Globe as January’s Best Song.

As presenter Deepika Padukone said earlier when introducing the live performance of “Natu Nattu”, the song does double duty as “the first ever Indian-produced song to be nominated for an Oscar” and a “total banger”.

This year became the biggest movie music meme of the past year as social media users created their own versions of the “hook” choreography seen in stills released prior to the film’s US release.

Keeravani and Chandrabose are actually not the first Indians to win in the Best Song category. At the 2019 Academy Awards, “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” triumphed, with composer AR Rahman winning twice as he also received Best Score. But “Slumdog” was a British production, despite its Indian status. Rahman was among those who celebrated the historic status of ‘Naatu Naatu’ and congratulated the long-respected Keeravani for enabling his popular breakthrough of Hindi cinema in other parts of the world as a ‘paradigm shift’.

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In an interview with diverseKeeravaani said that the song’s tempo has a lot to do with popularity. “The tempo is 6/8 – not heard much from the West, but often heard from India and sometimes from Africa and countries like that,” said the composer. “To be precise, it’s even a South Indian kind of percussion, not so much North India. And in ‘Naatu Naatu’, this percussion has taken on another dimension and another level of BPM (beats per minute) rarely heard in the West. This is what caught the attention of Western audience in the first place.

But the composer also referred to his singers, who recreated their vocal performance at the Oscars: “I chose Rahul Sib.toigunj and Kaala Bhairava did justice to this tune and gave their best. That’s why the song is what it is now.”

As Keravani said: “The song ‘Naatu Naatu’ should make you forget everything – and not only the viewer watching the movie, but the characters of the story as well, need to forget everything that’s going on around them and pay their money”. , consists of a great deal of stamina, and you can’t just call it a song – it’s He is Action Sequence.

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