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Did Kalmadi call Rahman to change CWG song?

Like all his compositions, Swagatham… the theme song for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, also continues to be dissected and discussed. Reportedly Suresh Kalmadi had asked Rahman to compose another song but was refused.

music Updated: Sep 16, 2010 18:04 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Like all his compositions, Swagatham… the theme song for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games (CWG), also continues to be dissected and discussed. AR Rahman is unperturbed and is said to have subtly told Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the Games organising committtee, that he won’t compose another anthem.

Reportedly, days after the song was launched, Kalmadi called Rahman with the request that he come up with another song that would be appreciated more. An eyewitness present at Rahman’s studio reveals that the maestro was at the time finalising the master and the background score of Abbas Tyrewala’s film Jhootha Hi Sahi. The media had panned the track, comparing it unfavourably with Shakira’s FIFA chartbuster, Waka, Waka… and Kalmadi wanted Rahman to come up with another song.

AR Rahman"Rahman suggested he would mix the same one differently but Kalmadi wasn’t keen. So Rahman told him to listen to the song he’d composed for his Jhootha Hi Sahi and played Cry cry…, informs our source. "He sarcastically remarked that this song would suit the committee better."

The song picturised on John Abraham and debutante actor Pakhi, is currently being played as part of the film’s promo and goes, Rote Rote kaayko hum, hey, rote kaayko hum, hona hai jo ho, sad hote kaayko hum… Cry cry, itna cry karte hain kaayko… Seems the double Oscar-winner believes that the lyrics of the song mirrors the committee’s grouses.

Rahman was unavailable for comment, but the film’s producer, Madhu Mantena, who was also present at the studio, confirmed the news but insisted he didn’t know who was at the other end. “Yes, Rahman did play Cry cry… for someone and later even joked that he should have given the track to him. He was addressing the person as ‘Sir,’ so I don’t know if it was Suresh Kalmadi,” says Mantena.