MM Keeravaani, the winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s (LAFCA) best music score award for his work on the global blockbuster “RRR”, thanked maestro John Williams for teaching him the importance of ‘simplicity’ in film soundtracks.

Keeravani was named the recipient of the honor earlier last month and received the trophy in person recently at a gala held here at Millennium Hotel and Resorts.

Directed by filmmaker SS Rajamouli, “RRR” is a pre-Independence fictional story focusing on two real-life Indian revolutionaries in the 1920s — Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, essayed by Ram Charan and Jr NTR, respectively.

Keeravani, who won the Golden Globe for the ‘best original song-motion picture’ for the film’s Telugu track “Naatu Naatu” earlier this week, also expressed gratitude to Rajamouli for believing in him and giving him creative freedom.

“I thank my brother and director of ‘RRR’ for believing in me and giving me all the freedom. I asked for and appreciating my music like anything. Thank you Rajamouli,” he said after accepting the award.

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The Telugu track “Naatu Naatu” is composed by veteran music director MM Keeravaani and sung by Kala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj.

He recalled how watching Steven Spielberg-directed 1975’s natural horror classic “Jaws” changed the way he perceived music. The film’s music was created by legendary composer John Williams and earned him his second Academy Award.

“I learned a lesson when I happened to watch the movie ‘Jaws’. Whenever the shark was approaching, there was an indication of danger. I was expecting an intricate and complicated melody with a rich orchestration, but I was shocked as it was very humble and simple. Thank you very much John Williams sir for teaching me the lesson of simplicity and humility and being my inspiration for all these years,” Keeravani added.

“RRR” also received five Critics Choice Awards nominations — best picture, best director, best foreign language film, best song for “Naatu Naatu”, and best visual effects. “Naatu Naatu” also features in the Oscars shortlist announced last month. Last week, the movie made it to the BAFTA longlist for the ‘film not in English language’ category.

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