Despite making waves around the world, SS Rajamouli’s film was not selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars in the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category. Jr NTR, the actor who essayed the lead role in the film, expressed his thoughts on why this was the case in a recent interview with US-based entertainment publication Variety.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of politics going on in what the films are supposed to stand for. I think the panel sitting there knows what they do best…,” said Jr NTR.
“Primarily, Hindi has been the national language for a very long time and that’s why it has come to the fore. For us, choose ‘RRR’ or don’t choose ‘RRR’, ‘RRR’ has already made us proud,” he said.
Ram Charan to answer Jr. NTR added, “He (Jr. NTR) is really humble but I want these two awards… I just don’t want to gossip.”
India’s official entry to the Oscars 2023 is Pan Nalin’s ‘The Last Film Show’.
‘RRR’ is making waves
Released globally in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, ‘RRR’ has submitted for consideration in various Oscar categories.
The film was also nominated in the “Film Not In English Language” category at the 2023 BAFTA Film Awards.
‘Naatu Naatu’, the upbeat song from SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster film ‘RRR’, won the ‘Best Original Song-Film’ award at the 2023 Golden Globes in Los Angeles on January 10. The song, which beat the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Lady Gaga to win the prestigious award, is the first time an Indian and Asian production has won a Golden Globe.
‘RRR’ was also nominated in another Golden Globe category for ‘Best Picture in a Foreign Language’, an award it lost to ‘Argentina, 1985’.
The film is now looking forward to its Oscar nominations, which will be announced on January 24. The fast-paced song ‘Naatu Naatu’, featuring the film’s leads Ram Charan and Jr NTR, was recently shortlisted for the Best Original Song at the Oscars. category.