The 95th Academy Awards ceremony was a momentous occasion for India, as two Indian productions won prestigious awards in different categories. The film RRR's song "Naatu Naatu" won the award for Best Original Song, while the documentary short "The Elephant Whisperers" won the award for Best Documentary Short.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the makers and artists of both productions, praising their achievements and the recognition they brought to the country. He commended "Naatu Naatu" as a song that will be remembered for years to come, and applauded the team behind "The Elephant Whisperers" for their work highlighting the importance of sustainable development and living in harmony with nature.
For Naatu Naatu, the PM wrote: "Exceptional! The popularity of ‘Naatu Naatu’ is global. It will be a song that will be remembered for years to come. Congratulations to @mmkeeravaani, @boselyricist and the entire team for this prestigious honour. India is elated and proud. #Oscars"
Whereas, for The Elephant Whisperers, he said: "Congratulations to @EarthSpectrum, @guneetm and the entire team of ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ for this honour. Their work wonderfully highlights the importance of sustainable development and living in harmony with nature. #Oscars"
"Naatu Naatu," composed by M.M. Keeravaani, is a peppy folk-inspired number that has taken the world by storm. Its catchy tune and lively beats have made it a global sensation, with fans dancing to its rhythm in countries far and wide. The award-winning song is a testament to the incredible talent and creativity of Indian music composers and lyricists, and their ability to create music that transcends borders and languages.
"The Elephant Whisperers," directed by Kartiki Gonsalves and produced by Guneet Monga, is a powerful documentary that sheds light on the importance of conserving elephant habitats and promoting sustainable practices. The film showcases the lives of the Mahouts, or elephant caretakers, in the jungles of southern India, and their deep connection with the majestic creatures they care for. It highlights the devastating impact of deforestation, poaching, and human encroachment on elephant populations, and advocates for a more conscious and compassionate approach to conservation.
The recognition of these two Indian productions at the Oscars is a testament to the growing global appeal of Indian cinema and its ability to connect with audiences across the world. It also underscores the importance of promoting sustainable practices and protecting the environment, issues that are of global significance and relevance.