Expectations were high for the performance of “Naatu Naatu” that sent the Oscars telecast into hyperdrive, and the song-and-dance number did not disappoint as global audiences flocked to see how “Hook Dance” from the Indian film “RRR” takes steps. Translated on stage. Singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaal Bhairav recreated their renditions from the film’s soundtrack as a troupe of over 20 dancers got into their stride with the choreography, which became the biggest film-musical meme of the year.
Hailed as “a total bombshell” by Deepika Padukone, as well as “the first song from an Indian production to be nominated for an Oscar,” the performance anchored the telecast by recreating the dance-til-you-drop narrative of the number. Activated. As it appears in “RRR,” all the way down to some suspenders-popping—with even more colorful costumes than seen in the film’s 1920s setting
The performance of “Naatu Naatu” took place nearly an hour and a half after the broadcast, but viewers didn’t have to wait that long to get a taste of the dance that captivated viewers in the US as well as India and around the world. World. Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue ended with an “RRR” gag, as Kimmel announced that the long-winded opening lines in his speeches would not be played by the orchestra. Instead, he said, “We have a group of performers that are going to make you dance off stage,” as the dancers who would later participate in the “Naatu” number swarmed him.
“Naatu Naatu” came as an unlikely harbinger at the ceremony, marking the first time a Telugu song – that is, from “Tollywood” – was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar, featuring several superstars like Rihanna and Superstar. Lady Gaga as a favourite. Composer MM Keeravani, who co-wrote the film as well as several of its songs, and lyricist Chandrabose are honored for their work in the SS Rajamouli-directed film. The song previously won the Golden Globe Award for Best Song.
The film’s lead actors, Ram Charan and NTR Rama Rao Jr., were present to celebrate the high profile of “RRR”, but did not attend the telecast’s dance.
There’s been plenty of dancing amongst moviegoers to make up for anything the stars haven’t been doing lately. A recent screening at The Theater at the Ace Hotel in LA was attended by many of the film’s main cast, with patrons dancing in the aisles and in front of the screen as the first sold-out show featured during the run-up to awards season Was. Chinese Theatre.
Coming at about the one-hour point in the three-hour film, “Naatu Naatu” is a great light-hearted moment amidst the otherwise tense action and drama. The scene was filmed on location in front of the Ukrainian castle before the start of the war. “RRR” follows two patriotic but philosophically opposed men who team up to rescue a girl from British colonial authorities in 1920s Delhi.
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