A Japanese dancing duo has captivated the internet with their performance to the Oscar-winning song “Naatu Naatu” from S. S. Rajamouli’s film “RRR.”
In their short dance video posted on Instagram, influencers Kaketaku and Mayo celebrate the song’s historic win for Best Original Song at the Oscars by nailing the steps that stars Ram Charan and N.T. Rama Rao Jr. do in the film.
In the video’s description, Kaketaku wrote, “RRR’s Naatu Naatu wins Oscar. Congratulations from Japan!”
The Japanese duo’s performance has garnered over 17,000 likes, 114,000 views and hundreds of comments since its upload just a day ago.
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Commenters commended the duo for their dancing abilities, as well as their efforts in promoting Indian culture through their dance.
“The song, the choreography, and their energy…It’s perfect,” praised a commenter.
“It’s great watching foreigners support Indians,” a user added.
“As you appreciate Indian culture, I too respect the Japanese culture and the beauty[sic],” shared another.
Mayo posted a different dance performance of the song recorded during a Duwali event in Japan on YouTube shorts. The video has so far been viewed over 219k times and received over 21k likes.
Last month, South Korean Ambassador Chang Jae-bok and diplomats at the Korean Embassy in India also went viral on Twitter for their own dance cover of “Naatu Naatu.”
“Do you know Naatu?” the tweet reads. “We are happy to share with you the Korean Embassy’s Naatu Naatu dance cover. See the Korean Ambassador Chang Jae-bok along with the embassy staff Naatu Naatu!!”
Do you know Naatu?
We are happy to share with you the Korean Embassy’s Naatu Naatu dance cover. See the Korean Ambassador Chang Jae-bok along with the embassy staff Naatu Naatu!! pic.twitter.com/r2GQgN9fwC
— Korean Embassy India (@RokEmbIndia) February 25, 2023
The song, composed by M. M. Keeravani, with lyrics by Chandrabose and recorded by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, has received other numerous accolades in addition to being the first song ever from an Indian movie to win an Oscar.
The song also won Best Original Song at the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Critics Association, as well as Best Song at the 28th edition of the Critics Choice Awards.
“RRR” set a new record in Japan, becoming the highest-grossing Indian film in the country.
The film has grossed 800 million rupees (approximately $9.7 million) since its release on Oct. 21, 2021, and is still currently in its 20th week in theaters.