After the runaway success of De Ghuma Ke, which blared all around whenever India battled at the Cup, composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendosa) are ready with another anthem, this time for Sahara Pune Warriors, a team that will make its debut at the Indian Premier League beginning on April 8.
“The anthem has got the team’s name running in the lyrics a couple of times. It’s turned out really nice ... we, as a team, are quite happy about it. The cricket team and the officials are also thrilled about it. It’s a spirited track, and we’re hoping the team goes a long way with it,” says Mahadevan.
Considering that Mahadevan has worked in a bunch of films down south, is currently working with Kamal Haasan on his next, and is a south-Indian himself, didn’t he and his buddies want to compose the anthem for the Kochi team instead? “We would have composed it had they approached us. But Ehsaan, Loy and I don’t go door to door asking teams to let us create their anthem for them,” says award-winning singer-composer.
The trio is on cloud nine. “People say De ghuma ke when they’re playing on the road or in a packed stadium. When we composed the song, we were criticised for the lyrics and the tune, but now, it’s become a chartbuster. And it’s a proud one for us, because our team won the tournament, too.”