Los Angeles: ÂNaatu NaatuÂ, the peppy, foot-tapping chartbuster from SS Rajamouli's Telugu period action film "RRR", waltzed its way to history by becoming the first Indian track to win the Academy Award in the Best Original Song category.
ÂNaatu NaatuÂ, "Naacho Naacho" in Hindi, is composed by MM Keeravaani and penned by Chandrabose.
ÂI grew up listening to The Carpenters and now here I am with the Oscars. There was only one wish on my mind, so was Rajamouli's and our families' -- 'RRR' has to winÂ Pride of every IndianÂ must put me on the top of the world," Keeravani said in tune to The Carpenters' much loved 1970s song ÂTop of the WorldÂ.
Chandrabose simply signed off with a ÂNamasteÂ at the 95th Academy Awards here on Sunday night.
ÂNaatu NaatuÂ was nominated alongside ÂApplauseÂ from from ÂTell It Like a WomanÂ, 'Hold My Hand' from ÂTop Gun: MaverickÂ, 'Lift Me Up' from ÂBlack Panther: Wakanda ForeverÂ and 'This Is a Life' from ÂEverything Everywhere All at OnceÂ.
This is the third major international recognition for the Telugu song after Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award wins.
The film's team described the win as a Âsurreal momentÂ.
ÂWe're blessed that #RRRMovie is the first feature film to bring INDIA's first ever #Oscar in the Best Song Category with #NaatuNaatu! No words can describe this surreal moment. Dedicating this to all our amazing fans across the world. THANK YOU!! JAI HIND!" read the post on the official Twitter page of "RRR".
"RRR" (Rise Roar Revolt), a pre-independence fictional story, follows two real-life Indian revolutionaries Â Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Jr NTR) Â in the 1920s.
"Naatu Naatu" celebrates the inclusive spirit of dance and bonhomie and features Charan and Jr NTR matching steps to its catchy rhythm. The title of the track translates to bucolic in Telugu. It demonstrates the spirit of fun in country music in its runtime of 4.35 minutes.
ÂJai HoÂ from the 2008 British film ÂSlumdog MillionaireÂ, directed by Danny Boyle, was the first Hindi song to win an Academy Award in the Best Original Score and Original Song categories. It was composed by AR Rahman and penned by Gulzar.
ÂWhatever wins up there, an Indian thing, is going to raise the profile of India. I love that song,Â Rahman told PTI ahead of Oscar 2023.
Rajamouli said in an interview recently that choreographer Prem Rakshith came up with over "100 variations" of the hook step for the song. "Naatu Naatu" singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kala Bhairava also performed the song at the Oscars ceremony.