India enthuses over Oscars for ‘Naatu Naatu,’ elephant doc Lalrp


HYDERABAD, India — India celebrated its two historic Academy Awards with enthusiasm befitting the high-energy greatest unique track “Naatu Naatu.”

The dance anthem from the blockbuster Telugu-language motion epic “RRR” is the primary from an Indian movie to earn a nomination and win and has dazzled audiences in every single place with its energetic tempo and choreography.

“The Elephant Whisperers” was named greatest quick documentary at Sunday’s night time’s ceremony in a primary for an Indian manufacturing. The documentary, which is streaming on Netflix, follows the story of a pair in southern India who commit themselves to caring for an orphaned elephant and explores the bond between people and animals.

“Congratulations India” trended on Twitter after “Naatu Naatu” by M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose trumped the likes of Rihanna and Girl Gaga to win greatest unique track.

Within the southern Indian metropolis of Hyderabad, the place the predominant language is Telugu, followers have been elated over the Telugu track’s world triumph. “It’s an unimaginable feeling. Lastly, a Telugu movie did it and we have now gained an Oscar,” rejoiced Venkata Ramanna, a software program engineer, who described the win as “exhilarating.”

From Indian celebrities and politicians to cricketers and common residents, social media in India was awash with congratulations.

“#NaatuNaatu on high of the world!!!” cheered Chiranjeevi, a distinguished Telugu movie actor and former politician, on Twitter.

“Distinctive! The recognition of ‘Naatu Naatu’ is world,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He additionally congratulated the feminine duo behind “The Elephant Whisperers,” director Kartiki Gonsalves and producer Guneet Monga, for highlighting the “significance of sustainable growth and dwelling in concord with nature.”

Monga tweeted that the award was “historic” for India and for ladies: “To all the ladies watching….The long run is audacious and the long run is right here,” she wrote.

Licypriya Kangujam, a younger local weather activist in India, known as the documentary win a proud second for each environmentalist.

However the hashtags Naatu Naatu and RRR dominated social media feeds Monday.

The three-hour maximalist motion epic is considered one of India’s most costly and top-grossing movies of all time and pairs two of the nation’s largest stars: N.T. Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan.

It also quickly climbed U.S. box-office charts earlier than it discovered a good wider viewers on Netflix, the place it ranked among the many high 10 non-English language movies for weeks. The massively standard track additionally gained a Golden Globe award in January.

“Naatu Naatu is an emotion throughout the globe,” Charan posted on Twitter as he congratulated the “RRR” group. “This award belongs to each Indian actor, technician and filmgoer,” he wrote.

The track was shot in August 2021 in entrance of Ukraine’s Mariinskyi Palace, the official residence of the president in Kyiv, months earlier than Russia invaded the nation. The crew took 15 days to shoot the music video, which featured round 50 dancers and as much as 400 extras.

In an interview with Selection in January, director S.S. Rajamouli mentioned he wished to discover the film’s anti-colonial themes within the track by means of an motion sequence that noticed the movie’s two primary Indian actors out-dance the British. He mentioned he wished choreography “that might look nice with two folks doing it collectively, however not so sophisticated that no-one might do it.”

The fast-paced dance steps rapidly went viral, sparking a TikTok problem the place customers tried to recreate the acrobatic strikes. The catchy tempo grew to become an web sensation, having racked up greater than 122 million views on YouTube.

Backstage on the awards ceremony, Keeravani was emotional concerning the win. “It’s only the start of the whole lot,” he mentioned. “For the world, notably the Western world, people are extra on India and Asian music. It’s simply lengthy due. I really feel very glad to open doorways and the world to embrace my tradition.”

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