Pussycat Dolls with A R Rahman for Jai Ho

14 03 2009

Much before A R Rahman won his Oscars for his music in the multiple Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, Ron Fair, chairman of Universal Music Group’s Interscope Geffen Records, decided to release an English-language pop version of Jai Ho!

“I watched the movie a year ago for the first time and watched it two more times since then and immediately I realized the potential of Rahman’s music and its universal appeal,” Fair told Financial Chronicle. The remix version, titled Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny), with a rough English translation of the Hindi lyrics, is sung by Nicole Scherzinger.

According to Fair, the producer of the remix, he was ready to have the release immediately after the Oscars whether or not the original won at the ceremony. True to his promise, the day after the Oscars, the remix version was released by the Santa Monica-based record label and Fair is hoping Rahman can conquer the US pop-music charts.

“In fact, the remix number is already among the Top 20 pop songs in iTunes,” said Fair. The remix was created with artists working in three different continents. “When recording began, Rahman was in Los Angeles twice with my team of song writers and he gave significant direction to the project.

After that he helped us directly from his studio in Chennai,” said Fair. Meanwhile, Scherzinger, who was then touring England, recorded her vocal parts in various studios in England.

With the song’s original electronic dance beats and uplifting percussion in place, the remix English version’s chorus goes like this: “You are the reason that I breathe/ You are the reason that I still believe/ You are my destiny/ Jai ho!”

According to Fair, the challenge in creating a remix version was to make something that would appeal to contemporary music fans but at the same time be true to the story of the film.

“He is incredibly talented. He has great imagination, new vocabulary and an absolutely wonderful sense of sound. In fact, he has everything as a musician,” said Fair about Rahman and his music. “I hope my version of Jai Ho touches and connects people all around the world,” said Scherzinger in a statement.

With multiple wins by Slumdog Millionaire at the Oscars and with an English remix version already doing well on US pop charts, there is a buzz about how the little movie that did wonders at all international awards might build a bridge between Hollywood and Bollywood. “Indian music has the potential to be a major force in the world. And there is a whole new world opening up there. “What Slumdog has done is exposing the Indian music talent to the world. And the world has seen what India has in terms of dance and music,” said Fair, who considers Rahman as one of the world’s greatest living composers in any medium.

Fair will travel to India soon to meet Rahman and discuss with him the possibility of working together in some international music albums. “I will be visiting India for the first time and I am sure, I will have to visit the country several times to understand and learn. But I am eager to go through that learning process,” said Fair. During his India visit, he is also scheduled to meet several other producers and representatives of music labels. He has already initiated discussions with Rajeeta Hemwani, vice president, A&R (artists and repertoire), Universal Music India for possible future projects.

Hope you enjoy it, enjoy the day with us,” Nicole Scherzinger says as behind-the-scenes footage from the set of The Pussycat Dolls’ “Jai Ho” music video starts off. The singer then says that the video, shot at a Vienna trainyard, will capture scenes “from every point of people around the world and represent from every place.”

Giving a sneak peek into the music video, the footage reveals Thomas Kloss as the man behind the lens and A.R. Rahman making a cameo. Highlighting a crowded market scene, it shows all the members of The Pussycat Dolls sporting Bollywood-themed costumes and performing a dance sequence, which is similar to the one seen in movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.

“It’s an honor to be able to collaborate with A.R. Rahman and be a part of the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ project in any way,” Nicole says in a statement. “The movie, the story and the music [were] a gift and very spiritually uplifting for me. I can only hope and pray ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ and my version of ‘Jai Ho’ (‘You Are My Destiny’) touches and connects people all around the world.”






9 responses

19 03 2009

it ain’t as good as the original, is it?
i liked the hindi one way much mo’!

31 03 2009


13 04 2009
suraj vyas

hi sir i m a big fan of yours i just want to ask that i m from gujrat , rajkot and i want to meet u how can i contect you ?????????????

14 04 2009

Suraj, you cannot find ARR contact here 😦

17 04 2009
Ajit Dubey

The thing I liked most about the remake of Jai Ho is that the flavor of the original song is not lost. I mean music is all same and most importantly “JAI HO” phrase is not removed because that’s the essence of the song from my perspective.

There are only two people I like most in music industry. First one is obviously Rahman ji and secondly I love Enrique Iglesias most. If I could see both of them performing together then it will be a Dream Come True for me. Hope to see a Spanish version of Jai ho or in any way I mean…

Because, it is good to hope for the best and at last all the best to our favorite A R Rahman from all of his fans.

Well, No more to write, Thanks for reading.

Jai Ho.

20 04 2009

Excellent Rehaman sir
I am Fan of your Music
Go Ahead We are with you

20 04 2009

love you

1 05 2009

dats good i m now ur fan keep it up !!!!!

20 12 2009

Visit The bbc Website To View The 2009 Children In Need Song ( The Song Contains Jai Ho

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