The multiple wins by “Slumdog Millionaire” at Sunday’s Oscars have a lot of people buzzing about how the little-movie-that-did might build a bridge between Hollywood and Bollywood. And, with the awards-show hangover just barely wearing off, Nicole Scherzinger has already volunteered to lay the first brick.
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The [artist id=”1841713″]Pussycat Dolls[/artist] singer has laid down some vocals on a remix of A.R. Rahman’s Oscar-winning Best Original Song “Jai Ho,” which went up on DesiHits.com on Monday.
“It’s an honor to be able to collaborate with A.R. Rahman and be a part of the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ project in any way,” Scherzinger said in a statement. “The movie, the story and the music [were] a gift and very spiritually uplifting for me. … I can only hope and pray ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ and my version of ‘Jai Ho’ (‘You Are My Destiny’) touches and connects people all around the world.”
Though the timing seems fortuitous for Scherzinger, it’s not the first time she’s hooked up with DesiHits. Last fall, during Fashion Week, the site helped the Dolls jump on the bourgeoning Desi bandwagon by helping to outfit the group in saris designed by Rocky S. for their red-carpet entrance.
“With the release of the Pussycat Dolls new remix of ‘Jai Ho,’ they are continuing to join this popular, international trend by fusing what’s hot in the East with the West,” DesiHits.com CEO Anjula Acharia-Bath said about the collaboration between Rahman and Scherzinger.
With the song’s original frantic beats and uplifting percussion in place, Scherzinger’s version replaces the original tune’s Hindi words with English lyrics, including the chorus, “You are the reason that I breathe/ You are the reason that I still believe/ You are my destiny/ Jai ho.”