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08-03-2009, 07:25 PM #1
It's Jai ho Prez, from Slumdog team!
Even our President, Pratibha Patil, loves the song, Jai Ho.
Last night, she had personally invited music director AR Rahman, lyricist Gulzar and sound technician Resul Pookutty , who are responsible for creating the magical song, to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for a meeting and dinner.
Rahman reached Delhi from Chennai, Gulzar flew there from Mumbai while Resul arrived in Delhi from Los Angeles. A source said, The President wanted to honour them and have dinner with them. Rahman and Resul were accompanied by their respective wives and kids.
The English version of Slumdog Millionaire is also scheduled to be screened at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Auditorium. Before boarding his flight from LA, Resul said, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and the Vice-President M Hamid Ansari will also be present for the screening. The three have also been invited to attend a session in the Parliament, with the members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
Its a great moment. We are supposed to reach Rashtrapati Bhavan at 6.30 pm. I too will be meeting the President for the first time. The dinner with the President was being planned for a long time. But every time, it kept getting delayed. Finally, the moment has come, added Resul.
A jubilant Gulzar said, I have reached Delhi and I am looking forward to the meeting. I had met our former President APJ Abdul Kalam many times but I havent interacted with President Pratibha Patil. There is also a screening of Slumdog Millionaire during the meeting. It will be a pleasure to see the film with the President. As the three havent seen the film together, Gulzar said, I wasnt there at the Oscars so it would be nice to watch the film with them (Rahman and Resul ) now.
Resul and his family will return to Mumbai today while Rahman and his family are also expected to fly back to Chennai today. I should be back in Mumbai on Tuesday, Gulzar added.
08-03-2009, 07:27 PM #2