Newly Oscar-nominated composer M.M. Keeravani can now placed on his dancing sneakers after securing a spot in Greatest Unique Music for his widespread track “Naatu Naatu” from the Indian action-comedy movie RRR. In talking with Deadline on Tuesday about his nomination, Keeravani revealed that he was working—and undoubtedly not dancing—at his recording studio on an upcoming movie when he requested the director to place a momentary pause on their actions. And it was for good motive.
Keeravani’s Greatest Unique Music nomination makes historical past on the ninety fifth Academy Awards for being the primary track from an Indian Movie manufacturing to land in that class. (To not be confused with Indian songwriter-composer A.R. Rahman’s 2009 Oscar win for “Jai Ho” within the British manufacturing Slumdog Millionaire.)
“It feels nice,” Keeravani stated about his historic precedent. “My emotions concerning the Oscars is the most effective, as a result of it includes the goals of artists from everywhere in the world; which isn’t a joke. It takes quite a lot of effort and credibility. That’s why the Oscars is the Oscars. That’s why we respect and worth it very a lot. And I’m very proud to be nominated for the primary time from [South] Asia on this music class. I’m thrilled.”
The observe dominating the likes of TikTok customers however, “Naatu Naatu” is a critically acclaimed hit amongst not solely members of the Academy, but additionally the Golden Globes and Critics Selection Awards the place the track took residence awards for its nominated classes. What did it imply to have his track constantly climbing the ranks in each pop-culture and cinematic historical past?
“For me, ‘Naatu Naatu’ means the world.” Keeravani defined jokingly. “It was only a track when it was born, once I noticed my track on the display screen after the [scene] was executed with the choreography, I stated, ‘Oh my God! That is my son.’ This was my toddler son and now my son turned huge. He turned a serious [player]. Now he’s driving playing cards, he’s dancing, and he has a girlfriend. Yesterday, he was an toddler in my cradle. And now my son goes locations and bagging a very good title for me. I’m like a proud father. I’m very grateful for this brainchild. And for all of the individuals who made this huge wave potential.”
The ninety fifth Academy Awards are set to happen on the Dolby Theatre on March 12.
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