Golden Globes 2023: SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ struck gold by winning the Best Original Song – Motion Picture trophy for Ram Charan and Jr NTR starrer ‘Naatu Naatu’. The Telugu track was composed by veteran music director MM Keeravani and sung by Kaal Bhairav and Rahul Sipligunj. However, many people may not be aware that Naatu Naatu has a special Ukrainian connection.
According to ANI, ‘Natu Natu’ was shot in Ukraine in August 2021 and that too outside the official residence of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The track was filmed a few months before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
During the promotion of ‘RRR’ in March 2022, the film’s director SS Rajamouli recalled shooting the song in Ukraine and also expressed grief over the Russian-Ukraine war. “We had gone there to shoot some important scenes. When we were shooting, I had no idea about the issues that have now turned into a war. It was only after I returned and saw things now that I I understood the seriousness of it.” issue,” Rajamouli was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, Zelensky appeared at the Golden Globe Awards virtually to tell everyone that “there will be no World War III” as the tide turns on Ukraine’s conflict with Russia. Zelensky highlighted the award show’s origins in 1943, during World War II, and said Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion symbolized “the struggle for the right of new generations to learn about war only from movies”.
Zelensky said, “World War I claimed millions of lives. World War II claimed hundreds of millions of them. There will be no Third World War.” Free world help. “The war in Ukraine is not over yet, but the tide is turning and it is already clear who will win… We will make it through together with the whole free world and I hope you all will be with us when we emerge victorious The day is the day of our victory,” Zelensky said.
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Natu Natu competes with ‘Carolina’ from ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, ‘Ciao Papa’ from Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Hold My Hand’ from ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ .
Composer MM Keeravani was accompanied by his wife Srivalli to receive the honour. He dedicated the award to Rajamouli and actors Ram Charan and NTR Jr. Accepting the award, he said, “Thank you very much for this prestigious award: This award is given to SS Rajamouli for his vision, I thank him for continuously believing and supporting my work. NT Rama Rao and Ram Charan who danced with all their might.”