The historic Golden Globe award for best original song goes to RRR’s Naatu Naatu.

Indians are celebrating after the Telugu film RRR became the first Indian film to win a Golden Globe.

Naatu Naatu, the catchy song from the movie, won the award for best original song, beating out heavyweights like Taylor Swift and Rihanna.

In 2021, the popular song was filmed in front of the official residence of Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky.

MM Keeravani, the song’s composer, expressed his joy upon receiving the award.

Several Indians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressed happiness over the news at home.

“The prestigious honor has made every Indian very proud,” Mr. Modi said in his congratulations to the team.

AR Rahman, an Oscar-winning composer, referred to the victory as a “paradigm shift.”

To celebrate the news, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan wrote on Twitter that he “woke up and started dancing to Naatu Naatu.”

RRR, which stands for Rise, Roar, Revolt, is a historical fantasy directed by SS Rajamouli. In the lead roles, superstars Ram Charan and Jr. NTR play two revolutionaries who fight against British rule in India.

The stunning action epic, one of India’s most expensive films, has been a huge hit at the box office, both domestically and internationally, including the United States. Last week, the actress Jessica Chastain of Hollywood wrote on Twitter that watching the movie felt like “such a party.”

When it was released in May 2022, a Hindi-language version of the movie was one of Netflix’s Top 10 most watched movies in the United States for weeks. Nicholas Barber and Caryn James, film critics for BBC Culture, named it one of the 20 best films of the year in December, describing it as a “crazily over-the-top action movie” with a powerful story.

Fans have also been impressed by the film’s soundtrack, which includes patriotic songs, joyful dance numbers, and romantic ballads.

Charan and Jr. NTR appear in the four-and-a-half-minute stomper Naatu Naatu, which has thousands grooving to its beat. In India and around the world, their energizing moves have sparked viral social media trends.

The infectious dance steps that accompany the chorus of the song, where the actors shimmy and glide in a synchronized cowboy routine, have been praised by fans all over the world.

In January, the group behind the song discussed their efforts with BBC Telugu.

Prem Rakshit, the song’s choreographer, said he created nearly 95 dance steps, including 30 different versions of the song’s signature step in the chorus alone. From the initial discussion to the final, polished product, which was a fun mix of dance styles from an old barn stomp to a Gangnam Style gallop and traditional Bollywood moves, it took approximately 19 months.

The music video for the song was shot in front of the Mariinskyi Palace in Ukraine, a stunning sea-blue baroque building, months before the war started. “Luckily, they gave us permission to shoot because the Ukrainian president [Mr. Zelensky] was a television actor,” the film’s director Rajamouli said in an interview.

According to Keeravani, the song’s composer, who spoke to BBC Telugu, the goal was to create a song that elevated “enjoyment and joy” to a new level.

“Rajamouli informed me that he wanted a song in which the actors dance and compete with one another,”

After that, Keeravani asked Chandrabose, a lyricist, to write the lyrics.

Keeravani stated, “I told him that you can write anything you want, but the song should create excitement and enthusiasm about the lead actors’ dance moves.”

On Wednesday, as they celebrated the award, fans couldn’t contain their joy on Twitter.

A user wrote, “This is history in making for Indian cinema at global platform.”

It was hailed as a “phenomenal, historic win” by Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi Konidela, Charan’s father, and by others in the film industry and beyond.

At the Golden Globes in 1985, RRR was also up for Best Non-English Language Film, but Argentina won.