Oscar-winning music composer A.R. Rahman has bowed to popular demand and made his Commonwealth Games theme, Yaaro India Bula Liya, more “peppy and sporty”.
“It has less words and more music. The lyrics remain wily nily the same but the duration has been shortened,” said
lyricist Prasoon Joshi, after attending a meeting of the Empowered Group of Ministers on the Games on Thursday.
“Rahman himself tweaked the lyrics a bit,” said Joshi.
Asked if the song will be like Shakira’s Waka Waka for the football World Cup, Union sports secretary Sindhushree Khullar said: “Waka Waka was more commercial. Ours will be like Chak De.”
The original song, launched in August, had been openly criticised by the public, artists and even some in the Organising Committee (OC). Rahman had taken six months to come up with it and was paid R5 crore.
A music video will also be launched next week featuring sportspersons like Milkha Singh, Karnam Malleswari, Abhinav Bindra among others.