"It was weighing on my shoulder."
Ram Charan said he wanted to perform the Academy Award-winning track ‘Naatu Naatu’ at the 95th edition of the Oscars.
The actor said: “I was 100 per cent ready to get that call but I truly don’t know what happened.
“But let’s not talk about it because the troupe who did it there, they were fantastic and they did a better job than us.”
The song was performed by dancers of various ethnic backgrounds during the ceremony on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava sang it live on stage at the Dolby Theatre.
At the India Today Conclave 2023, Ram Charan said:
“I have done it so many times and on so many stages, now it’s for us to relax and enjoy the show and see somebody else perform for India.
“I feel it is no longer our song, it is India’s song. It’s the people who have taken us to the carpet.”
‘Naatu Naatu’ created history after winning the Best Original Song award.
The trophy was received by composer MM Keeravaani and lyricist Chandrabose.
Charan said the film’s Oscar win is just “another feather on the hat” as he believes audiences’ love is the biggest reward:
“I was just fortunate to be in the midst of that celebration.
“That kind of an event, we’ve been seeing it. I was a fanboy of the Academy since I was a kid.
“But nothing is more than the audience and the theatre, that is my biggest award.
“What India has given us is my biggest award and the rest of everything was another feather on the hat.”
The Rangasthala actor said: “It is such an honour…
“What this acknowledgement did to us, not us, but for India, it’s for technicians and directors, from Satyajit Ray to Rajamouli now, we have all been recognised.
“This is a unique acknowledgement our industry has got and for us to just represent that and be a part of it was definitely a responsibility.
“It was weighing on my shoulder but I was just enjoying the moment.
“That was more important than getting tense about the award.”
Speaking about the rumours that he might make his Hollywood debut soon, he said:
“I don’t know. I would leave it in LA what I said. We are seeing something, working on something.
“It’s too early for me to say… Who doesn’t wish?
“Everybody wishes and all of us want to work in every industry where talent is appreciated and that is why I want to work (there).”