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March 17, 2023 06:01 pm | Updated March 19, 2023 06:04 pm IST

Chandrabose and M. M. Keeravani accept the Best Original Song award for ‘Naatu Naatu’ during the 95th Annual Academy Awards.

Chandrabose and M. M. Keeravani accept the Best Original Song award for ‘Naatu Naatu’ during the 95th Annual Academy Awards. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Around Tinsel Town

>> Oscars 2023: ‘Everything Everywhere....’ wins seven; India’s ‘RRR’ and ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ create history

The 95th Academy Awards were held at the grand Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. The event saw the genre-bending epic ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ secure seven out of its record 11 nominations.

It was time for celebration in India, as two of its three nominations won. ‘Naatu Naatu,’ MM Keeravani’s track from SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ won the Best Original Song award, while Kartiki Gonsalves’s ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ won the Best Documentary Short award. Unfortunately, Shaunak Sen’s ‘All That Breathes’ lost the Best Documentary Feature award to ‘Navalny.’

Notably, this year’s Oscars was viewed by an estimated 18.7 million, which is an increase by 12% from last year’s show.

From the dazzling entrances of Deepika Padukone, ‘RRR’ stars Ram Charan and Jr. NTR, and Jamie Lee Curtis on the champagne-coloured carpet to the latest reactions on India’s wins, here are some top highlights from Oscars 2023:

Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga win the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject for ‘The Elephant Whisperers’.

Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga win the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject for ‘The Elephant Whisperers’. | Photo Credit: Reuters

> The complete list of winners at the 95th Academy Awards

> Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis win Oscars for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

> ‘Naatu Naatu’ live performance gets standing ovation

> Ruth E. Carter becomes 1st Black woman to win two Oscars

> It’s just the beginning of everything, says M.M. Keeravani on Oscar win

> Future for Indian cinema is audacious, and the future is truly female, says Guneet Monga


‘Gaslight’ trailer shows Sara Ali Khan in a house of secrets

‘Delhi Crime’, ‘Kota Factory’, ‘Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’ to return for Season 3 on Netflix

Karan Johar wraps ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’

Docu-film on Yo Yo Honey Singh on the cards at Netflix

‘Nukkad’ actor Sameer Khakhar dies at 71

Sameer Khakhar

Sameer Khakhar | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Kunal Kemmu plays a miser, Raju Srivastav makes posthumous appearance in ‘Kanjoos Makhichoos’ trailer

Sonu Sood, Jacqueline Fernandez starrer ‘Fateh’ starts filming in Punjab

Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘Jubilee’, starring Prosenjit Chatterjee, Aparshakti Khurana and Aditi Rao Hydari, to premiere on April 7


Quentin Tarantino is back for the final time with ‘The Movie Critic’

Director Quentin Tarantino.

Director Quentin Tarantino. | Photo Credit: AP

James Gunn to direct ‘Superman: Legacy’; aiming for 2025 release

Zack Snyder teases new Darkseid announcement

Halle Bailey’s Ariel introduces us to her beautiful world in ‘The Little Mermaid’ trailer

Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson to play themselves in new Apple TV+ comedy

The Weeknd and Sam Levinson’s ‘The Idol’ to premiere Out of Competition at Cannes Film Festival

Priyanka Chopra Jonas reveals she had equal pay for first time in 22 years for ‘Citadel’

Elizabeth Banks to headline ‘The Flintstones’ animated series ‘Bedrock’

Florence Pugh, Andrew Garfield to star in ‘We Live In Time’

Julianne Moore, Sydney Sweeney to front drama thriller ‘Echo Valley’

Léa Seydoux’s ‘One Fine Morning’ to stream on MUBI in India from 16 June

Hannah Waddingham boards ‘Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two’ starring Tom Cruise

Regional cinema

‘Dasara’ trailer shows Nani and Keerthy Suresh in an intense action drama directed by Srikanth Odela

A still from ‘Dasara’

A still from ‘Dasara’ | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Sanjay Dutt joins the sets of Vijay-Lokesh Kanagaraj’s ‘Leo’

Rishab Shetty’s ‘Kantara’ is being screened at the United Nations in Geneva

Samantha’s ‘Shaakuntalam’ gets a new release date

Arulnithi’s next with ‘Ratchasi’ director titled ‘Kazhuvethi Moorkkan’

World cinema

‘Parasite’ actor Choi Woo Shik on working with BTS’ V in ‘Jinny’s Kitchen’

New in streaming

Coming to Netflix in March: Yami Gautam starter Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston’s Murder Mystery 2, action thriller series The Night Agent, and more

New on Disney+ Hotstar in March: Season 3 of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian, high-school rom-com Prom Pact, first season of action-comedy series True Lies, and more

New on Amazon Prime Video: K-drama series Jinny’s Kitchen, Season 2 of Dom, late Kannada icon Puneeth Rajkumar’s last film Gandhadagudi, and more

Coming to Apple TV Plus: Comedy-drama Ted Lasso, Reese Witherspoon and Kacey Musgraves’ My Kind of Country, Vincent Cassel and Eva Green’s thriller series Liaison, and more

Essential reading

1) Singers I work with inspire me, so I push myself to sing better, says A.R. Rahman

>> Composer A.R. Rahman discusses what drew him to qawwalis, his mother’s death and the Oscars

A.R. Rahman

A.R. Rahman

2) We need more women behind the camera for better-written women characters, says Shriya Saran

>> Shriya Saran talks about the need for pan-Indian films and how her upcoming film ‘Kabzaa’ is one such biggie 

3) Lyricist Chandrabose weaves magic with his words

>> Lyricist Chandrabose attributes his success to being rooted in native traditions

4) Rajamouli taught me how to choreograph to suit the camera angles, says ‘Naatu Naatu’ choreographer

>> Prem Rakshith talks about the methodology behind choreographing dance sequences for movies

5) There’s nothing wrong with getting inspired by the work of youngsters, says Upendra on ‘Kabzaa’

>> Upendra talks about the inspiration behind ‘Kabzaa’ and his return to direction with ‘UI’

6) Keerthy Suresh’s character Vennela is the heart of ‘Dasara’, says actor Nani

>> Actor Nani opens up about ‘Dasara’ and why he thinks the rustic Telangana story will appeal to a wider audience

7) The role of streaming platforms in creating a documentary

>> Streaming platforms are investing more in documentaries which are biographies, stories on true crime, and so on

8) Malayalam cinema is enriched by actors and technicians turning producers

>> Leading stars and technicians have made movies that do not tread the beaten path

What to watch

1) ‘Kabzaa’ is a dreary, tepid rehash of ‘KGF’

Read the full review here

Upendra in a still from ‘Kabza’

Upendra in a still from ‘Kabza’ | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

2) ‘Kannai Nambathey’ is an unnecessarily convoluted thriller that ends up being unintentionally funny

Read the full review here

3) ‘Phalana Abbayi Phalana Ammayi’ is a slice-of-life romance drama

Read the full review here

4) ‘Extrapolations’ is a dull star-studded affair on the perils of climate change

Read the full review here

5) ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ is high on humour and low on heart

Read the full review here

6) Jim Sarbh, Ishwak Singh’s ‘Rocket Boys’ reaches for broader horizons, but loses focus in Season 2

Read the full review here

7) In ‘Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway,’ Rani Mukerji excels as a flawed but feisty mother in this clash of cultures

Read the full review here

8) Shekhar Kapur returns with a warm, agreeable comedy in ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’

Read the full review here

9) Post-apocalypse series ‘The Last of Us’ is a masterclass in adaptation

Read the full review here

10) ‘You’ Season 4 Part 2 is unimaginative with its plot points

Read the full review here

11) Razor-sharp writing elevates ‘The Glory’ Part 2, a disturbing tale of bullying and revenge

Read the full review here

12) ‘65’ is a disappointing survival drama that hits us like an asteroid

Read the full review here

13) ‘Rekha’ is an uneven, half-baked female revenge drama

Read the full review here

14) Idris Elba fights a monstrous villain in ‘Luther: The Fallen Sun,’ an average series sequel

Read the full review here

15) In ‘Tár,’ a sublime Cate Blanchett shows us that genius is finally only human

Read the full review here

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