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NTR Jr, Resul Pookutty, Prasoon Joshi, Vijayendra Prasad & Hansal Mehta React To Naatu Naatu’s Oscar Victory
NTR Jr Reacts To Oscar RRR’s Naatu Victory At The Oscars
NTR Jr who performed the Oscar-winning Naatu naatu song in the film RRR is over the moon at the song’s victory.
Says NTR Jr, “ I cannot find the words to express my elation right now. This is not just a win for RRR but for India as a country. I believe this is just the beginning. Showing us how far Indian cinema can go.”
NTR rightly singles out the Naatu composer and lyricist. “ Congratulations to Keeravani garu and Chandrabose garu. Of course none of this would have been possible without a master storyteller called Rajamouli and the audiences who showered us with all the love.”
Graciously NTR acknowledges India’s other major triumph at the Oscars . “I would also like to congratulate the team of The Elephant Whisperers on their win today bringing another Oscar to India.”
Resul Pookutty, The Last Indian To Bring Home An Oscar, Reacts To Naatu Naatu’s Oscar
Resul Pookutty, the wizard of sound in Indian cinema , is happy about RRR’s Naatu naatu winning an Oscar.
Resul and A R Rahman had won Academy Awards for Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Song , respectively, for Slumdog Millionaire.
Says Resul, “When AR and I won the Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009 , a journalist had asked us, ‘What’s the big deal about this win?’ To which AR replied that the next ten years are going to be the golden period of Indian cinema. Fourteen years later we now have an Indian film winning a competitive Oscar. It’s a mark of many to come.”
Resul is also appreciative of the other winner at the Oscars. “At the defining moment of RRR let’s not forget the big win for The Elephant Whispers. Guneet Monga and Kartiki Gonsalves have done fabulous work .They’ve taken the Indian documentary to the Global map.”
Lyricist, Author , Chairperson Of CBFC Prasoon Joshi On Naatu Naatu’s Oscar
Prasoon Joshi an eminent poet and lyricist himself, shared his joy at M M Keeravani and RRR’s triumph at the Oscars.
Says Prasoon, “I couldn’t be more happy for music director M M Keeravani and lyricist Chandrabose. The song and the film have made their place in the hearts of Indians . To see them resonate globally is wonderful. Congratulations to the entire team of RRR.”
Prasoon who has written remarkable songs like Mukhtasar mulakat hai, Lukka chuppi and Masak kali, feel the legacy of film music is now back on the right track. Songs in Indian Cinema have been celebrated and have been memory keepers of generations . We need to ensure that the quality of our Lyrics and music is given due importance by the makers beyond the here and now. Quality songs are a legacy we need to create and leave behind for lovers of good music poetry and cinema .”
Lalit Pandit On Naatu Naatu’s Oscar Triumph
“We have been honoured with an Oscar.India has started making a regular mark at the Oscar’s and just not getting nominated,but winning them in different categories.The song Natu natu won the Oscar as the best original song composed by M M kreem ,is a huge achievement after the Rahman’s Jai Ho song.Congratulations to the entire team who made this magic happened at the Oscar and making India proud winning at the biggest stage for films and music!”
Lalit is also delighted by India’s double-whammy at the Oscars. “A huge congratulations to Kartiki Gonsalves and the team behind The Elephant Whisperers for winning the best documentary at the Academy Awards 2023 .Thanks for putting a wildlife film from India at the very top, Kartiki and Netflix!”
He is also proud of India’s third entry into the Oscars. “Congratulations also to Shaunak Sen and team for the Oscar nominated All That Breathes, which has been among the most sublime documentaries I have ever watched. I believe being nominated for the Oscar is itself a huge achievement And it was a proud moment for Lagaan to be there being nominated amongst the biggest.”
Vijayendra Prasad & Hansal Mehta React To Naatu Naatu’s Oscar Victory
RRR’s writer Vijayendra Prasad who is also the film’s director Rajamouli’s father , sees the Oscar for Naatu naatu as a much wider victory . “It is not just a triumph for RRR and Keeravani but also for all the talented artistes and technicians of Indian cinema. This is a moment of pride for all Indians.”
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta shares Vijayendra Prasad’s sentiments.
Says Hansal, “The Elephant Whisperers, Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga then Naatu Naatu. What a moment this is!And I think this is just the beginning. Many congratulations to all the winners. I am a bit disappointed about All That Breathes not getting an Oscar.But never mind. 2 out of 3 is good enough.”