19 JAN 2023

The Naatu Naatu Ukraine Connection

AMRUTHA PAGAD

NAATU NAATU WINS BIG

SS Rajamouli-directed RRR is going places. Early this month, RRR's Naatu Naatu song won the Golden Globe for the Best Original Song. 

Photo: @RRRMovie/twitter

HOOK STEP GOES VIRAL

The award brought Naatu Naatu and its composer MM Keeravaani global fame. The hook step of Naatu Naatu also went viral. 

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BUT DID YOU KNOW...

...there's more to Naatu Naatu than global awards and a viral hook step. The location where the song is filmed is catching attention. 

Photo: T-SERIES/YOUTUBE

THE PALACE

The beautiful palace in the background is not a film set. It is none other than the Ukraine Presidential Palace itself. 

Photo: T-SERIES/YOUTUBE

Mariinskyi Palace

The shooting took place in June 2021, at the Mariinskyi Palace. It is impossible to imagine a film shoot in a war-weary Ukraine now. 

Photo: AFP

THE LOCATION GURU

Natarajan Ramji is the man who showed the Ukraine Presidential Palace to SS Rajamouli, and the team subsequently picked it. 

Photo: the_location_guru/INSTAGRAM

FIRST TIME SHOOTING AT PALACE

Natarajan told the media that this was the first time that a film crew was permitted to shoot at the palace.

Photo: T-SERIES/YOUTUBE

1,000 PEOPLE AND 17 DAYS

The song required the work of 1,000 people, for 17 days. Naatu Naatu features an Indian and foreign cast in period costumes.

Photo: T-SERIES/YOUTUBE

ZELENSKYY'S HOME

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy uses this palace in Kyiv to receive foreign leaders. It continues to serve as the official residence of Ukraine's President. 

Photo: afp

HISTORY OF THE PALACE

The palace was built in 1752 by a Russian Empress. Don't confuse it with Mariinsky Palace or Marie Palace in Russia's Saint Petersburg!

Photo: elib.nlu.org.ua

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