V K Malhotra not impressed with Rahman`s CWG theme song

Updated: Aug 29, 2010, 13:21 PM IST

New Delhi: A R Rahman`s Commonwealth Games
theme song has failed to impress the CWG Organising
Committee`s Executive Board member V K Malhotra, who feels the
composition has "fallen short of expectations".

"Oh yaaro, yeh India bula liya", which was launched amid
much fanfare by the Oscar-winning composer yesterday has been
given a thumbs down by Malhotra, who has suggested that the
song be reworked.

"This song has fallen short of expectations. We had a
expected a better anthem for the Games from a composer of
Rahman`s status," Malhotra, also the vice-president of the
Indian Olympic Association, told reporters.

"He has given some very good songs like `Maa Tujhe
Salaam` but this song is not that impressive. We hope that the
song is made better because there is still some time for the
Games," he added.

Rahman sang it in front of a gathering which included
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, her Haryana counterpart
Bhupinder Singh Hooda and CWG Organising Committee Chairman
Suresh Kalmadi yesterday.

"I feel honoured to get the opportunity to compose the
theme song for the mega-event. It was not an easy task. I had
started composing it six months ago and finished just last
night," Rahman said after the launch.

The launch of the theme song had been delayed after the
Group of Ministers overseeing the quadrennial sporting
extravaganza asked Rahman to change it a little bit.