Recently RRR and The Elephant Whisperers won Oscars and made the whole country proud. While RRR won Oscars for the best original song, The Elephant Whisperers grabbed it for the best documentary short subject.
When the whole country was celebrating these unparalleled wins, our ministers in parliament were debating – should Telugu film RRR be labeled as a south Indian movie or an Indian film. Yes, you read that right!
The whole debate started when some leaders credited ‘south India’ for RRR’s Naatu Naatu Oscar win and The Elephant Whisperers, based in Tamil Nadu. It was then, actress and politician Jaya Bachchan responded to these claims in the most inspiring way!
Actress Jaya Bachchan expressed her gratitude to both the movies for winning Oscars and making the country proud. She also responded to several individuals who brought up North India vs. South India argument while discussing India’s win at the Oscars.
After some leaders from regional political parties brought forth North India versus the South India debate post Naatu Naatu’s Oscar win, Jaya Bachchan shared her thoughts on the matter. She highlighted the need to be united despite differences.
She said, “I am so happy and I am so glad that we are discussing the most important ambassadors of this country. And they are the film folks. It doesn’t matter where they are from – north, east, south, or west – they are Indians… I stand here with pride and with dignity for our film fraternity, who have represented this country number of times, and have won a number of awards starting from Satyajit Ray onwards.”
One of the finest actors of all time, further added, “Main kehna chahti hoon ki yeh shuruyat hai, aur main Bharat ki janta ko dhanyawad dena chahti hoon jinke khatir videsh ke log aaj humari janta ko recognise kar rahe hai (I just want to say that it is just the beginning. I want to thank all Indian citizens, because of whom foreign countries are appreciating great work by Indian filmmakers). The market of cinema is here, it is not in America.”
“Naatu Naatu” is the first ever Indian song that has won an Oscar in the category of Original Song. Overshadowing well-known performers like Lady Gaga and Rihanna, “Naatu Naatu” has won a prestigious award.
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