Breaking Barriers: RRR’s Naatu Naatu Shatters Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling at the Oscars

The musical triumph of RRR!!!

The moment we have been waiting for has arrived, and it’s a historic one! The Telugu movie RRR‘s Song Naatu Naatu has made history by becoming the first song from an Indian film to win an Academy Award!

The song was recognized in the best original song category at the Vanity Fair Oscars 2023, and it has a good shot at beating numbers from pop heavyweights including Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

The song’s success is undoubtedly due to its infectious chorus and catchy beat, but the biggest driving force behind its achievement is a dance sequence that accompanies the tune in the action epic RRR.

The five-minute scene is a heel-thrusting, suspender-bending, dust-kicking display that helped a three-hour period film from South India translate to international audiences. It has become one of the most exuberant moments in the movie world this year.


Directed and co-written by S.S. Rajamouli, RRR is an epic action drama that grossed about $160 million in movie theaters worldwide. The film features an all-star cast, including Ram Charan and Jr. NTR, two of the most prominent and celebrated actors in the Telugu film industry.

However, for many viewers unfamiliar with releases from India, much less the Telugu-language filmmaking hub known as Tollywood, RRR was discovered on Netflix. From there, the Naatu Naatu dance took on a life of its own on TikTok and other social media networks.


After several over-the-top action scenes, Naatu Naatu is the first significant musical number in the movie, playing a pivotal role in signifying the growing bond between the two heroes.

The song’s composer, M.M. Keeravaani, and lyricist, Chandrabose, were nominated for best original song at the Oscars ceremony, and they won!

This victory gave Rajamouli, the director, and choreographer Prem Rakshith, who envisioned the mirror dance moves featured in the scene, a vicarious sense of accomplishment.

It’s worth noting that RRR is a blockbuster movie that blends history and fiction. The movie is set in the 1920s, and it features the story of two Indian revolutionaries fighting against the British Raj. The film’s budget was reportedly around $100 million, making it one of the most expensive Indian films ever made.

Ram Charan and Jr. NTR, who play the two main protagonists in the movie, are known for their exceptional acting skills and ability to light up the screen with their charisma.

Their performances in RRR have been hailed as some of the best in recent memory, and the film’s success has cemented their status as two of the most sought-after actors in the Telugu film industry.

The historic win of Naatu Naatu from RRR at the Oscars is a testament to everyone involved in the movie’s production’s hard work, dedication, and talent.

From the direction and writing to the performances and choreography, RRR is a masterclass in filmmaking, and the song’s recognition is well-deserved.

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