The Oscars spotlighted the nominee for Best Original Song “Naatu Naatu” with a musical performance, recreating his starring scene from the Telugu-language drama “RRR.”
Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, who hosted the performance, called the song a “total banger”.
It is the first song from an Indian production to be nominated for an Oscar. Praised for its dynamic choreography and catchy tune, the song won India’s first ever Golden Globe in the Best Original Song category last month.
The original song features Telugu superstars Ram Charan and NT Rama Rao Jr., known as Jr NTR, dancing in perfect sync with the lyrics. The video has over 122 million views on YouTube.
India’s film industry produces tens of thousands of movies every year in multiple languages, and “RRR,” which stands for Rise Roar Revolt, is the country’s fourth highest-grossing picture, according to IMDb, earning nearly $155 million in the world. It became Netflix most watched non-English film last June.
“Naatu Naatu” is the first song from an Indian film to be nominated for an Oscar.