Who is the Real Composer of 'Jai Ho'? Here's Sukhwinder Singh's Untold Contribution to AR Rahman's Oscar-Winning Song

Did You Know Sukhwinder Singh was the original composer of 'Jai Ho? Ram Gopal Varma alleges that AR Rahman, the Oscar-winning composer, enlisted the help of singer Sukhwinder Singh to craft the tune of 'Jai Ho' from Slumdog Millionaire.

Written by  Ritika Nath   |  April 20th 2024 04:15 PM  |  Updated: April 20th 2024 04:15 PM

Who is the Real Composer of 'Jai Ho'? Here's Sukhwinder Singh's Untold Contribution to AR Rahman's Oscar-Winning Song

The mesmerizing track 'Jai Ho' from Danny Boyle's 2008 masterpiece 'Slumdog Millionaire' propelled AR Rahman and his music to unprecedented global recognition, heralding a pivotal moment in his storied career. Its accolades include an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a Grammy, among others. However, behind the scenes lies a revelation that sheds light on the true composer of this iconic tune.

Who Originally Composed Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire?

A.R. Rahman, often hailed as one of India’s most revered music composers, is synonymous with excellence in the realm of music. His compositions resonate deeply with audiences, evoking emotions that linger long after the music fades away. Yet, amidst his myriad accomplishments, the genesis of "Jai Ho" harbours an intriguing secret.

Ram Gopal Varma's Big Revelation

Renowned filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma recently unveiled the backstory during an interview. According to Varma, the genesis of "Jai Ho" traces back to Subhash Ghai's 2008 film "Yuvvraaj," starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Rahman, notorious for his delays in delivering music compositions, found himself in a predicament when Ghai sought prompt musical arrangements for the film. Rahman, being in London at the time, enlisted the expertise of his longtime collaborator, the gifted singer Sukhwinder Singh, to craft the tune.

Tension Between Subhash Ghai and AR Rahman

This revelation sparked controversy when Subhash Ghai learned that it was not Rahman but Sukhwinder Singh who had composed the tune. Ghai confronted Rahman, expressing his displeasure at the subterfuge. Rahman's response, as recounted by Varma, was both audacious and insightful. He asserted that Ghai was paying for his name, not just his musical skill and that once he endorsed a creation, it became his own. This exchange underscores the complex dynamics of creative collaboration and ownership in the world of music.

Despite the initial discord, when Sukhwinder Singh presented the tune, both Ghai and Rahman were captivated by its brilliance, ultimately cementing its inclusion in "Slumdog Millionaire." 

AR Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh's Collaborations

Interestingly, this collaboration between Rahman and Singh echoes a similar instance in the creation of the timeless track "Chaiyya Chaiyya." Singh revealed in an interview that he originally composed the tune, known as "Thaiyya Thaiyya," which Rahman later transformed into the iconic "Chaiyya Chaiyya." 

Meanwhile, AR Rahman's name may adorn the credits, but the collaborative efforts of Sukhwinder Singh underscore the collective genius that breathes life into these timeless compositions. 

As collaborators and friends, Rahman and Singh have left an indelible mark on the musical landscape, enriching it with their unparalleled artistry.


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