It’s a proud moment for India as the performance for its Best Original Song nominee Naatu Naatu from RRR, which was performed live by singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava at the 95th Academy Awards, received a standing ovation from the audience at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
The performance was announced by Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone who was seen dressed in a gorgeous black dress.
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Introducing the performance, she said, “An irresistibly catchy chorus, electrifying beats and killer dance moves to match have made this song a global sensation. It plays during a pivotal scene in RRR, a movie about the friendship between real-life Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem. In addition to being sung in Telugu and illustrating the film’s anti-colonialist themes, it’s also a total banger.”
“It’s earned millions of views on Youtube and Tik Tok. Has audiences dancing in movie theatres all around the world and is also the first song ever from Indian production to be nominated for an Oscar. Do you know Naatu? Because if you don’t, you’re about to. From the film RRR this is Naatu Naatu,” she added.
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The performance saw many amazing dancers who grooved at the hook step of the song with high energy while Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava gave a high-octane performance. Meanwhile, the song’s composer MM Keeravaani and RRR stars Ram Charan and Jr NTR were present in the audience and cheered for the singers.
Priyanka Chopra who watched the Oscars at home on TV, took to Instagram stories and cheered for Naatu Naatu. Sharing the clip, she wrote, “Wohooo!!! Amazing! #rrr #standingovation. @theacademy,” with this she also tagged the entire team of RRR.
Soon after the performance, Naatu Naatu made history for India and won Best Original song at the Oscars. The song competed against Applause from Tell It Like a Woman, Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and This Is a Life from Everything Everywhere All at Once.
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