This year’s nominations for the 95th Annual Academy Awards were recently announced, where SS Rajamouli‘s Telugu film RRR won a nomination for its musical number Naatu Naatu in the Best Original Song category. The song composed by MM Keeravani has inspired audiences to literally dance in the aisles of theaters where it played, and even Anupam Kher is a fan. In a new interview, the veteran actor not only praised RRR and his song Naatu Naatu, but also talked about The Kashmir Files directed by Vivek Agnihotri, who is now out of the Oscars 2023 race. Read also: Fans celebrate RRR’s Oscar nomination, ask Vivek Agnihotri ‘where’s The Kashmir Files?’
Previously, several films from India had made it to the list of 301 films eligible for nominations at Oscar 2023, including Alia Bhatt star Gangubai Kathiawadi and Rishab Shetty’s Kannada film Kantara. Anupam Kher starrer The Kashmir Files was also on the list. Now, Anupam has opened up that his movie hasn’t gotten a nod in the Oscar nominations, as well as the huge love RRR has received so far during Hollywood awards season.
Speak about RRR song Naatu Naatu and about what may have prevented his film The Kashmir Files from getting an Oscar nomination, the actor told Brut India: “Now if RRR has won Critics Choice award and RRR has won best song at Golden Globes, feeling for Indian cinema Why shouldn’t we celebrate So clearly there must be a problem with The Kashmir Files I’m the first person to tweet that because I honestly felt like “wow the song Naatu Naatu the there dances the whole crowd.” Because until now, all the films that they (Western audiences) have recognized about the poverty of Indians, about a foreigner who has made a film, whether it’s Richard Attenborough or Danny Boyle about Indians (but from a Western view). This is the first time that a Hindustani film or Telugu film or whatever, an Indian film, has entered the mainstream of cinema.”
Earlier on January 24, after the nominations for the 2023 Oscars were announced, I congratulated the entire team at RRR, Anupam Kher had told ANI news agency, “It is the best news for Indian cinema. A song from an original Indian cinema has been chosen. I hope this song wins the (Oscars) trophy in this category.” In addition to RRR, All That Breathes and The Elephant Whisperers are also nominated in the Best Documentary Feature Film and Best Documentary Short Film categories respectively for the upcoming Oscars. The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.