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CWG theme song tweaked, to be peppier like 'Chake De'

Last updated: 16 September, 2010
New Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) 20:20 IST

Amid criticism that it failed to meet the expectations of the people, the theme song of the Commonwealth Games composed by A R Rahman will be tweaked a bit to make it more peppier like famous number 'Chake De'.

The original version of the song 'India bula liya' got a lukewarm response from the audience and was openly criticised by CWG Organising Committee's executive board member V K Malhotra and other leaders for "falling short of expectations".

After a meeting of the GoM on Commonwealth Games, Sports Secretary Sindhu Shree Khullar said: "There will be more music, particularly instrumental, in the opening theme song of the Games."

Asked whether the tweaked version will be like Shakira's 'Waka Waka', the World Cup Football song, he said: "Waka Waka was more commercial. Ours will be like Chake De."
Chake De is a famous number in the sports-themed film 'Chake De' starring Shahrukh Khan.
Lyricist Prasoon Joshi said some instrumental music have been added to make the theme song peppier and a video is under preparation.

The video will feature sports personalities like Milkha Singh, Malleswari and other achievers in the field.

Asked whether Rahman's song had been changed, Joshi said the music composer himself has made it tighter and "you will hear it in the new video."

"Rahman always changes his work till the last minute. He is a good craftsman," he said.
"The song has now been turned into a sports anthem. It has been pepped up with more beats and it will be a tighter version of the original," he said.

Joshi said that the "premature" criticism that came Rahman's way after the song was launched last month is not the reason behind the change.
He indicated that the video will be released in a week

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