History was created as the Indian song ‘Naatu Naatu’ from SS Rajamouli’s RRR won the Oscars along with an Indian documentary – The Elephant Whisperers at the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Here are some moments that left every Indian proud:
RRR’s Naatu Naatu won the Oscar
It is a proud moment for every Indian as Naatu Naatu won the Oscar 2023 for Best Original Song. The Oscar was awarded to composer MM Keeravaani and lyricist Chandrabose, who sang a version of The Carpenters’ hit Top Of The World as his acceptance speech.
#NaatuNaatu wins the #Oscar for best Original Song .#SSRajamouli & team has done it— Arun Yadav 🇮🇳 (@beingarun28) March 13, 2023
Indian South Cinema on the Rise 🔥 !!
Congratulations India 🇮🇳#RRRMovie | #AcademyAwards | pic.twitter.com/wxk9ATwqPd
The song has won after beating Lady Gaga’s Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, Rihanna’s Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, This Is A Life from Everything Everywhere All At Once, and Applause from Tell It Like A Woman.
No one can deny that this viral track from RRR has won millions of hearts across the globe. RRR, which is directed by SS Rajamouli and features actors Ram Charan and Jr NTR, has already broken many records.
Naatu Naatu’s Live Performance Receiving Standing Ovation
This is Naatu Naatu’s other big win after winning Golden Globe for Best Original Song in January. Do you know the song was also performed live during the Oscar ceremony and it received a standing ovation? In case you haven’t watched the video, here is the super entertaining performance!
#NaatuNaatu live performance gets standing ovation at #Oscars 🙌
This is the first time that a song from an Indian film was performed at the Academy Awards😍#RRRMovie pic.twitter.com/NljLstbENF— Bollywood Knocks (@BollywoodKnocks) March 13, 2023
Here’s a closer look at the RRR team and the audience cheering and applauding the performance:
The live #Oscars performance of #RRR‘s “Naatu Naatu” from inside the Dolby Theatre, along with director S. S. Rajamouli 🤩
Standing Ovation 🔥💥 👏👏#RamCharan #JrNTR #SSRajamouli #MMKeeravani #RRRForOscar#NaatuNaatuForOscars #AcademyAwardspic.twitter.com/OSEfPJ62y0— John Wick (@JohnWick_fb) March 13, 2023
India’s The Elephant Whisperers won the Oscar
The Indian film – The Elephant Whisperers also won Best Documentary Short Subject, along with RRR’s Naatu Naatu. The documentary is about Bomman and Bellie, a couple in South India, who devoted their lives to caring for an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu, forging a family like no other that tests the barrier between the human and the animal world. In case you haven’t watched it, you can stream it on Netflix.
Whispers turn to roars!
THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS JUST WON AN OSCAR 🥳🥳🥳 pic.twitter.com/ZeD0MhzbaL— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) March 13, 2023
The Real-Life Heroes: Bommon and Bellie
‘The Elephant Whisperers’ themselves, Bommon and Bellie are the real stars of the show. It is only through their constant support, and willingness to share a piece of their life with the world, that this film won this highest honour. pic.twitter.com/HwjatKQw6W— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) March 13, 2023
Though another Indian film All That Breathes was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film – however, the Oscar went to Navalny.
Deepika Padukone: The Third Indian To Present At Academy Awards
In another proud moment, Deepika Padukone became the third Indian to attend as a presenter after Persis Khambatta and Priyanka Chopra. She introduced the Naatu Naatu’s performance in style.
Proud moment for #Bollywood and #India💕 #DeepikaPadukone announced #RRR’s #NaatuNaatu performance at #Oscars pic.twitter.com/cMlyzqpV67— Bollywood Knocks (@BollywoodKnocks) March 13, 2023
RRR Became The First Indian Film To Win An Oscar
Before MM Keeravaani and Chandrabose, costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, composer AR Rahman, lyricist Gulzar, sound engineer Resul Pookutty, and legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray received this honorary award. Thanks to Naatu Naatu, RRR became the first Indian film that won an Oscar.
‘Naatu Naatu’ from ‘RRR’ wins the Oscar for Best Original Song! #Oscars #Oscars95 pic.twitter.com/tLDCh6zwmn— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 13, 2023
We are so proud of all the winners and nominations. With their hard work and determination, they have shown the world what Indian cinema is capable of! What do you think about our Oscar wins? Tell us in the comments below.