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AR Rahman says ‘I want Naatu Naatu to win’ ahead of Oscars 2023: 'I want them to win the Grammy also'

Mar 11, 2023 10:23 PM IST

AR Rahman shared his thoughts about RRR song Naatu Naatu ahead of the Oscars 2023. The Telugu song has been nominated for Best Original Song.

Music composer, singer AR Rahman rooted for SS Rajamouli's film RRR song Naatu Naatu, ahead of Oscars 2023. The song has been nominated in the Best Original song category, and will be running against singers such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Amid this, Rahman extended his support to the Telugu song. Also read: Not Ram Charan, Jr NTR but Lauren Gottlieb will dance to Naatu Naatu at Oscars 2023

AR Rahman on RRR song Naatu Naatu's nomination at the 95th Academy Awards.

Talking to the news agency ANI, AR Rahman said, “I want Naatu-Naatu to win awards, I want them to win the Grammy also because any award for any of us will lift India up and the concentration of our culture will become higher.”

AR Rahman is a two-time Oscar winner--Best Original Score and Best Original Song (alongside lyricist Gulzar) for the 2009 film Slumdog Millionaire. He is also a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Earlier this year in January, he said during a song launch event in Mumbai, “I thought it (India getting a nomination) would start ten years back. It’s 12 years late. This should happen every year from India because we are a country of 1.3 billion people and there are amazing geniuses in every aspect of filmmaking. Most of the movies don’t enter the competition. At least they (makers of RRR) had the thing to put it out there. If nobody knows your movie, who is going to vote for it? I wish them the very best and I want them to win.”

SS Rajamouli’s RRR has already become a worldwide phenomenon. The song stars Ram Charan and Jr NTR. It will be performed by Lauren Gottlieb, who was a runner-up in Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa season 6, at Oscars 2023. The award ceremony is taking place on March 12 (March 13 in India).

The film has already fetched several international titles, including the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards this year in the best song category. It is the first Indian film in over two decades to be nominated for the Academy Awards. Naatu Naatu has been composed by MM Keeravani.

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