Singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava’s performance on the RRR song “Naatu Naatu” lit up the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles. The performance, which received a standing ovation from the crowd, was introduced by Deepika Padukone. Lauren Gottlieb, an American actor and dancer, performed to the well-known Telugu tune. Actors Ram Charan and NTR Jr., as well as the song’s composer MM Keeravaani, were in the crowd and applauded the singers.
‘Naatu Naatu’ from the SS Rajamouli directorial magnum opus is nominated in the best original song category at the 95th Academy Awards.
Here's the energetic performance of "Naatu Naatu" from #RRR at the #Oscars. https://t.co/ndiKiHeOT5 pic.twitter.com/Lf2nP826c4
— Variety (@Variety) March 13, 2023
At the Oscars, Gottlieb delivered a dance to “Naatu Naatu,” which made her a household figure in India following her appearance on the sixth season of the dance reality series Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa. Earlier, Lauren had expressed her excitement about performing on the Oscars stage. She had written on Instagram, “I’m beyond excited to represent India on the most prestigious stage in the world. Wish me luck!!! 🙏🏽💕💕💕 ”
Who else is excited for the performance of Naatu Naatu at the #Oscars tonight? #RRR star @AlwaysRamCharan definitely is! pic.twitter.com/InvKWpvxuP
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 13, 2023
Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Mitski, David Byrne, and Diane Warren are competitors for Keeravaani’s “Naatu Naatu” song. The song’s supporters anticipated Ram Charan and NTR Jr. performing on it. They opted against it, however, because neither of them had time to practice.
NTR Jr. said, “I was looking forward for it to happen,” in a statement to KTLA prior to the Oscars. But regrettably, we were unable to practice. We don’t want to appear on the biggest platform in the world without being ready. We had a lot on our plates, including Charan who may have had a lot of prior obligations at home.
‘Naatu Naatu’ sent the audience into a frenzy when it played in the cinema halls, not just in India but in international theaters as well. Many danced to the song in the aisles. On YouTube, the song got over 124 million views and also became a viral sensation on social media.
The song won big at the 80th Golden Globe Awards as MM Keeravaani picked up the Best Original Song trophy. The 95th Academy Awards were hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.
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