India is celebrating a rare Hollywood award triumph after the regional-language film RRR won a Golden Globe for the best song, seeing off competition from leading singers Taylor Swift and Rihanna.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hailed the “very special accomplishment” after the win by the action movie’s barnstorming, high-octane number, Naatu Naatu.

“This prestigious honour has made every Indian very proud,” Modi said on Twitter. Local media reports said it was the first time an Indian film has won an award at the competition.

South India’s Telugu-language film released last March, RRR has seen huge audience numbers for a local film – both at home and abroad.

RRR was also nominated in the best non-English language film category but it lost to the film Argentina, 1985.

According to director SS Rajamouli, a scene featuring the song was shot outside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s official residence in 2021 – before Russia’s invasion.

The critically acclaimed Rajamouli, who has produced some of India’s biggest blockbusters in the last few years, said it was a “special” award.