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After a spirited televised performance (albeit one that
This win also makes “Naatu Naatu” the first song from an Indian film to win an Academy Award, although the first song by an Indian songwriter to win was Slumdog Millionaire‘s “Jai Ho” by composer A.R. Rahman.
Keeravani opened his heartfelt speech by saying, “I grew up listening to the Carpenters, and now, here I am with the Oscars.”
He continued his speech to the tune of the Carpenters’ “Top of the World,” singing, “There was only one wish on my mind, so was [director S.S.] Rajamouli’s and my family’s! RRR has to win, pride of every Indian, and must put me on the top of the world.”
Watch the full speech here: