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Best Original Song and Best Documentary of India won Oscar 2023

Naatu Naatu Song of RRR & documentary 'The Elephant Whisperers' won Oscars

Los Angeles, March 13, 2023 A.Gary Singh

MM Keeravani and Chandrabose’s track created history by becoming the first song from an Indian film to win in the Best Song category. The song Naatu Naatu from the hit Telugu-language film RRR has made history by becoming the first Indian film song to win an Oscar. The blockbuster track won Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards, beating heavyweights like Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

India won a second Oscar for The Elephant Whisperers which won in the Best Documentary Short film category. The documentary, which tells the story of a couple who care for an injured baby elephant after it gets separated from its herd, is the first Indian production to win in this category.

Producer of The Elephant Whisperers Guneet Monga Guneet Monga issued a statement post the win that resonates the feelings of every Indian sitting in every corner of the world.

  • It reads, “This is an incredibly powerful and historical moment. We as two women from India, stood on that global stage making this historical win. I’m so proud of this film, this moment and proud of my amazing team at Sikhya Entertainment, that an independent production house from India has made the history to be the first ever Indian film by an Indian production to win an Oscar.
  • My heart is racing with all the joy, love, excitement in the moment. I’m so grateful to Kartiki, the wonderful visionary that she is. Netflix gave us the biggest stage in the world and supported us and believed in us all the way. Today I can say, the future for Indian cinema is audacious, the future is here and not to forget the future is truly female!”
  • Monga, who grew up in Delhi, the founder of Sikhya Entertainment that has produced notable films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Peddlers, The Lunchbox, Masaan, Zubaan and Pagglait.

Team RRR took to Twitter to share about their incredible feat,

  • “We’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!”

Deepika Padukone introduced on stage:

  • He performance of ‘Naatu Naatu’, led by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, was introduced on the stage by Deepika Padukone. She called the song a “banger” and the performance that followed had the audience on their feet.

Composer MM Keeravaani after ‘Naatu Naatu’ win, said:

  • The audience present at the ceremony gave them a standing ovation. "It is just the beginning… so that the Western world focuses more on Indian music and Asian music, which is long due