A R Rahman's Na Na Song from Couples Retreat Shortlisted for Oscar Awards

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“Na Na”, Oscar winner musician A.R. Rahman’s (Slumdog Millionaire) song from “Couples Retreat”, his first venture into mainstream Hollywood, has been shortlisted for nomination in Original Song category for the 82nd Academy Awards.
 
It will be competing with 62 other such songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures for nomination, which will be announced on February two. To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

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Congratulating Rahman for this short listing, Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed commended him for creating a bridge between the music of East and West and for strengthening the worldwide market and stature of Indian film music. Rajan Zed, who is the chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Rahman to help nourish the next generation with the richness of Indian music, elements of whose theory were first found in ancient Hindu scripture Sama-Veda.


“Na Na” was written by Rahman, Blaaze and Vivian Chaix; and performed by Rahman, Blaaze, Vivian Chaix, A. R. Ameen (Rahman’s son), Clinton and Dominic. Rahman provided “original music” for comedy “Couples Retreat” besides writing and performing two songs: “Na Na” and “Sajna”. Directed by Emmy nominated Peter Billingsley (Dinner for  Five), it stars MTV winner Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers), Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Golden Globe nominated Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), etc. It revolves around four couples who go to a tropical-island resort for vacationing.

Listen to the free Music Video of the song NA NA from Couples Retreat by A R Rahman:

The 82nd Academy Awards presentation will take place on March seven in Hollywood (California). Launched in 1927 and located in Beverly Hills (California), American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which gives Oscars is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. It has over 6,000 artists and professionals as honorary members (including Rahman) and Tom Sherak (Rent) is its president, while Bruce Davis is the executive director.
 
Rahman, who has reportedly recorded sales of over 300 million, was called “Mozart of Madras'' by Time magazine. Rahman sees music “as a way to connect to spirituality and embrace it” and for “creating harmony in troubled times”.

Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau team up after their '90s career-making hit, Swingers, to write and costar in Couples Retreat, a romantic comedy that's heavy on the satire, but is also knowing and wry, as Swingers is at its best. Vaughn and Favreau are joined in the top-notch cast by the always engaging Kristin Bell (whose appearance with Vaughn, in a romantic tropical setting, may remind viewers of Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Faizon Love, and Jean Reno. Fans of romantic comedies, and comedies of manners, will be delighted at the snappy interaction among the actors, and the zingers delivered by the script.

"You are not buying some 20-year-old broad a motorcycle!" yells Vaughn's character, Dave, to Love's character, Shane, who's having an early midlife crisis. "She's a kid! Buy her a Hello Kitty book!" Turns out that all the couples in Dave and Shane's circle are having issues, and decide to take a group tropical vacation. Ah, but there's a catch: the island getaway comes with mandatory couples counseling and bonding events. Most of the film's laughs come from cringe-worthy fish-out-of-water moments, though there are some pretty great fish-in-water moments, too: Dave begins to panic during a test involving swimming with sharks. "It's time to get the gun, and shoot some fish!"

Reno is also a standout, as the unctuous New Age-y director of the retreat, fearless in spewing half-nonsense yet having the almost admirable courage to stand behind his convictions. The film was directed with a light hand by Peter Billingsley, who starred as young Ralphie in A Christmas Story, and who has acted with Vaughn in Four Christmases and The Break-Up. And somehow, among the lunacy and the beauty of nature, friends and soulmates may just find the way back to each other. Just steer clear of the Jet Skis. --A.T. Hurley

Vince Vaughn leads an all-star cast in the laugh-out-loud comedy about eight friends whose vacation in paradise is one they’ll never forget. Their group-rate vacation comes at a price when they discover that participation in the resort's unconventional couples therapy activities is anything but optional. Co-starring Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Malin Akerman, Couples Retreat is a hilarious party in paradise, loaded with laughter and fun!