Veteran music composer M. M. Keeravaani and lyricist Chandrabose won the Best Original Song award at the 95th Academy Awards for Naatu Naatu from SS Rajamouli's RRR. The dance number continued its winning spree at the prestigious ceremony held in Los Angeles on Sunday (today in India). Soon after Naatu Naatu won the trophy, Ram Charan and Jr. NTR reacted to the win. The song was picturised on them.
Jr. NTR, who played Komaram Bheem in RRR, said, "I cannot find the words to express my elation right now. This is not just a win for RRR but for India as a country. I believe this is just the beginning. Showing us how far Indian cinema can go. Congratulations to Keeravaani garu and Chandrabose garu. Of course none of this would have been possible without a master storyteller called Rajamouli and the audiences who showered us with all the love. I would also like to congratulate the team of ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ on their win today bringing another Oscar to India."
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Ram Charan, who essayed the character of Alluri Sitarama Raju, told, "Congratulations to everyone on the ‘RRR’ team including our director S.S. Rajamouli, the composer and lyricist of ‘Naatu Naatu’, M.M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose the vocalists who sang it, Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, our choreographer Prem Rakshith, and the cast who brought this song to life, and to the world. ‘Naatu Naatu’ has become a global phenomenon and proof that a great story, as well a great song can transcend language and borders. This song is no longer our song. ‘Naatu Naatu’ belongs to the public and the people of every age and culture who have embraced it. I would also like to congratulate Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga for their big win for The Elephant Whisperers. It's a great moment for India today!"
Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava are the singers of Naatu Naatu which was shot at the Mariinsky Palace (Ukraine Presidential Palace) in Kyiv a couple of months before the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.