Oscars 2023: Keeravaani is generally not a fan of ‘kuthu’ songs, says Madhan Karky
On Monday, Indians woke up proud and elated RRR’s Naatu Naatu won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards. The song was also performed live at the award function by singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairavaa, who sang the original Telugu version.
Music composer MM Keeravaani received the award along with Chandrabose, who penned the lyrics for the Telugu version. The Tamil version, titled Naatu Koothuwas penned by Madhan Karky.
Sharing his excitement about the historic win, Madhan says, “None of us predicted that Naatu Naatu would reach the Oscars stage when we were working on it. In my opinion, Naatu Naatu is not just a song. Rajamouli has placed all the elements of a film in this song itself ranging from conflict, oppression, friendship, to romance and sacrifice. Rajamouli’s ability to place a gush of emotions within a short song impressed me the most.”
Further, complimenting the team, he says, “Of course, I knew that the song would reach far and wide. But we didn’t expect it to reach the Oscars stage. The credits mainly go to SS Rajamouli and Vijayendra Prasad, who conceptualised the song.”
While speaking about the man of the hour, MM Keeravaani, Madhan shares, ” Keeravaani is generally not a fan of ‘kuthu’ songs. He prefers melodies over peppy numbers. If you ask him his favorite song from RRRhe would say Janani or Friends. Naatu Naatu would come way later in his list. But he put in sincere efforts to compose the song and it has taken him to this stage.”
“To top it all, Chandrabose’s raw and rustic lyrics perfectly suit the emotions of the song. In addition to all of this, Prem’s choreography and Ram Charan and Jr NTR’s high-spirited dancing have brought the song the laurel it deserves. In the end , I have nothing else to say but that I am very happy,” Madhan signs off.
In addition to Naatu Naatu, India also won in the Best Documentary Short Film category as well The Elephant Whisperers bagged the award.