Deepika Padukone Presents ‘Naatu Naatu’ at the Oscars
Bollywood star Deepika Padukone was on hand at the Oscars on Sunday to showcase the performance of Best Original Song nominee (and later winner) “Naatu Naatu,” from “RRR.”
Introducing the song, she noted its anti-colonialist themes — but it’s also “a total banger,” she said.
The ‘Naatu Naatu’ performance featured playback singers Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj flanking a squadron of high-energy dancers. The main actors of the film, NT Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan, did not act.
While Padukone is best known for her Hindi films, she got her start in South Indian cinema – her first film was “Aishwarya” in the Kannada language. Already a global celebrity, the 37-year-old has had a major year outside India. She was also on the jury at the 75th Cannes Film Festival last May and won the World Cup trophy alongside former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the final in Qatar.
She recently starred opposite Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the hit ‘Pathaan,’ which grossed $5.9 million at the North American box office in its first weekend alone.
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