Oscars 2023 : India Bags Three Nominations – RRR’s Naatu Naatu, The Elephant Whisperers, While All That Breathes

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India has a plenty to cheer at the forthcoming Oscars 2023 as Filmmaker SS Rajamouli’s period action blockbuster RRR on Tuesday created history, with the film’s hit track Naatu Naatu earning an Oscar nomination in the Best Original Song category.

In the category, the movie was nominated alongside Applause from Tell It Like a Woman, Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and This Is A Life from Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Earlier, Naatu Naatu bagged a Golden Globe in the Best Original Song category, followed by a Critics Choice Award win in the same category.

“WE CREATED HISTORY!! Proud and privileged to share that #NaatuNaatu has been nominated for Best Original song at the 95th Academy Awards,” tweeted the official website of the movie.

This is the third major international recognition for Naatu Naatu, composed by MM Keeravaani and penned by Kala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj, after Keeravani won a Golden Globe as well as a Critics Choice award for the track earlier this month.

The film won another Critics Choice award — Best Foreign Language Film.

RRR (Rise Roar Revolt), a pre-independence fictional story, follows two real-life Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Jr NTR) in the 1920s.

Jai Ho from the 2008 British film Slumdog Millionaire, 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.

The nominations for 23 categories of the 95th Academy Awards were announced by Hollywood actors Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams on Tuesday.

The Oscars will take place on March 12.

Apart from Naatu Naatu, The Elephant Whisperers has been nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category at Oscars 2023, while All That Breathes has been nominated in the Documentary Feature Film category.

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