Oscar win for RRR’s Naatu Naatu and the short film The Elephant Whisperers made India proud. The two Oscars are a pivotal event for Indian cinema and filmmakers across the country. In many ways, the evening of March 12 was significant and magnificent for India. At the 95th Academy Awards, RRR’s Naatu Naatu won Best Original Song and The Elephant Whisperers won Best Documentary Short, giving India a historic double win. Both films depicted the elegance of India and its vibrant culture in various ways.
The success of RRR & The Elephant Whisperers
On the one hand, SS Rajamouli’s directed RRR, a three-hour-long magnum masterpiece starring Ram Charan and Jr NTR, earned more than Rs 1250 crore globally, and its song Naatu Naatu blew up worldwide. On the other hand, we had Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga’s 40-minute documentary movie, The Elephant Whisperers. It is based on a Kattunayakan tribal couple in Tamil Nadu, Bomman and Belli, and how they raise orphaned elephants as if they were their children.
The powerful storyline of RRR & The Elephant Whisperers
RRR is a film that depicts the story of two real freedom fighters (Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem) and SS Rajamouli’s imagination of brotherhood and freedom, whereas The Elephant Whisperers is a beautiful and touching true story. The fact that these two Indian films won Oscars demonstrates that there are numerous stories in Indian history. The world is gradually becoming more aware of what we have to offer and our culture.
Big Night for the Indian Cinema Industry
Now, the Oscar win for India on March 12 means that opportunities will arise not only for actors, filmmakers, and technicians in Hollywood but also for content from India. Foreign audiences, who previously believed that all Indian cinema was unrealistic over-the-top loud musicals, have now discovered that there are varied classifications of stuff available, just as there are in the West. A major proportion of this realization must also be attributed to international OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, which produce and distribute multicultural Indian content globally. Elephant Whisperers, for example, was produced by Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment but distributed globally by Netflix.
Opportunities for Youngsters
With the advent of YouTube, independent documentaries and short films have become extremely popular in India over the last decade. Many young people are creative and talented, but they lack the resources to produce films on a large scale. Online distribution platforms such as YouTube have enabled them to distribute content to a global audience at virtually a very low cost. Independent filmmakers have also realized that screening their films at international film festivals, large or small, gets them noticed. International film festivals help them gain appreciation and credibility in the West, which are both crucial for an Indian filmmaker today.
Oscar’s victories for The Elephant Whisperer and RRR are a symbol of India’s shield and success. The appreciation that India has received as a result of these two films and awards has demonstrated that there is tremendous talent in the country, and the West is accepting it with arms wide open.
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