India's Congress adopts 'Slumdog' tune for elections

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 4, 2009 at 1:11 PM EST

India's ruling Congress party is to use the Oscar-winning song from the hit film "Slumdog Millionaire" during campaigning for the forthcoming general election, media reports here said Wednesday.

Unnamed party sources were quoted as saying that they had bought exclusive rights to acclaimed Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman's track "Jai Ho" -- roughly translated as "Glory Be" or "Cheers" -- from the music company T-Series.

Rahman and lyricist Gulzar won the best song Academy Award for the track at last month's ceremony. Rahman picked up a second golden statuette for best original score.

"Slumdog Millionaire," the rags-to-riches tale of a boy from Mumbai's slums who triumphs over the odds to win a television game show, scooped eight Oscars, including best picture and best director for Britain's Danny Boyle.

Elections for a new parliament in the world's biggest democracy are to be held next month.

Most analysts currently believe that neither the Congress party of Sonia Gandhi and prime minister Manmohan Singh nor the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of L.K. Advani will win enough seats to govern alone.




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