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"Jai Ho"
Single by Allah Rakha Rahman (composer) & Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Vijay Prakash (singers)
from the album Slumdog Millionaire: Music From The Motion Picture
Released November 24, 2008
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre World Music
Length 5:19
Label Interscope Records
Writer(s) A.R. Rahman, Gulzar
Producer A. R. Rahman

"Jai Ho" (Hindi: जय हो) (English: Be victorious) is a Hindi song composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Gulzar, for the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire. It accompanies a choreographed dance sequence at the end credits of the film. The song also features vocals by Mahalakshmi Iyer, Tanvi Shah, Vijay Prakash, and Sukhwinder Singh, who is the main vocalist.[1] The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. A version featuring the Pussycat Dolls was released with English lyrics. "Jai Ho" topped the charts in five countries, while reaching #2 on the European Hot 100 Singles chart and #15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Original version

After his Oscar win, A. R. Rahman revealed in an interview that it was Subhash Ghai who had asked him to use the words Jai Ho in a song.[2] After its inclusion in Slumdog Millionaire, it was later nominated for best song at the 2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, the 2008 Satellite Awards and at the 2008 Houston Film Critics Society Awards. In 2009, it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, beating out WALL-E's "Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel, and "O…Saya", also of Slumdog Millionaire and by A. R. Rahman and M.I.A.[3]

The lyrics are mostly in Hindi interspersed with some Spanish lyrics.[4] According to Rahman, “Jai Ho,” or “Victory to You,” was meant to create “a vision of the whole world celebrating this victory”.[5] Rahman, who performed "Jai Ho" live on The Oprah Winfrey Show on February 23, 2009 with the rest of the original performers, was asked by Winfrey what the song title means. Rahman stated "Jai Ho" means "May Victory be yours!".

Of the four singers credited, Sukhwinder Singh is the principal vocalist.[1] Vijay Prakash sang the portion with the words "Jai Ho" that takes a high pitch at numerous junctures of the song.[6] Mahalakshmi Iyer sang the Urdu words between the "Jai Ho" chants, as well as those portions of the verses not sung by Singh.[7] Tanvi Shah sang the Spanish words.[8]

In March 2009, Super Cassettes Industries (T-Series), the music company which holds the song's copyright only for India, received nearly $200,000 from the governing Indian National Congress party for its use in its national campaign in the May 13th 2009 Indian General Elections.[9][10] This version features altered lyrics sung by Sukhwinder Singh, who performed on the original song. A new video was shot for this version.[11] The song's writers, Gulzar and Rahman, publicly distanced themselves from the use of the song in the campaign, saying "Jai Ho" belongs to everybody."

The original version also saw fame on the Billboard charts. It reached 8th position on the "Top Digital Tracks" chart of Billboard.[12] The song has also won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media at the 52nd Grammy Awards in 2010.[13]

Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)

"Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)"
Single by A. R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger
from the album Doll Domination 2.0
A-side Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
B-side "Lights, Camera, Action!"
Released February 23, 2009
(see release history)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Length 3:42
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Evan Bogart, Esther Dean, Ron Fair, Gulzar, E. Nuri, D. Quinones, A.R. Rahman, N. Scherzinger, Tanvi Shah, N.Thorbourne[14]
Producer Ron Fair, Nicole Scherzinger
Certification Platinum (IFPI), (ARIA), (RIANZ)[15]
Gold (RIAA)
The Pussycat Dolls singles chronology
"Bottle Pop"
"Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)"
"Hush Hush; Hush Hush"
Audio sample
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"Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" is the fifth single from the Pussycat Dolls' studio album Doll Domination 2.0. It was a considerable hit reaching number 1 in Finland, Ireland, Australia, Greece, and Turkey. The new version is now called "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)". The English lyrics do not translate directly from the Hindi lyrics. It was produced in collaboration with A. R. Rahman and Ron Fair, and mixed by Peter Mokran.

In an interview with HitQuarters co-writer Evan Bogart described the unusual writing process for the Pussycat Dolls' version of the song:

"Ron Fair ... and Jimmy [Iovine] had a list of writers that they wanted to send a pop version of the ‘Jai Ho!’ song to. They wanted to get a bunch of different versions to see who could nail a version for the Pussycat Dolls. In the end they took parts of The Writing Camp version, parts of Ester Dean’s version, and parts of another version, and they put them together, and then Nicole [Scherzinger] and Ron filled in the blanks that they thought were missing. It’s a very unique and awkward way of writing a song.[16]

Song information and release

The song was recorded in 2009 by the Pussycat Dolls with English lyrics, a different key signature with all vocals from Nicole Scherzinger,[17]. Scherzinger confessed at the beginning that she did not want to do the remix of the song. She also explained that the single is an interpretation rather than a remix.[18] The English version of the song was sung by various voice actors of English children's shows during the 2009 Children in Need Promotional dance video. It was also sung in The Official BBC Children in Need Medley.

The song was released on February 23, 2009 on the U.S. iTunes Store and released internationally on February 24.[19] It was initially released as a promotional single, but then later received a full worldwide release as the first single from the two re-issues of Doll Domination, The Mini Collection and Doll Domination 2.0.

Music video

The music video premiered on March 13, 2009.[20] The video recreates the last scene from Slumdog Millionaire at a Tramway Museum in Vienna, Austria, and was directed by Thomas Kloss. The video received a nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards 2009 for Best Choreography.[20]


European CD single [21]
  1. "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)"
  2. "Lights, Camera, Action" (featuring New Kids On The Block)
CD maxi single[22]
  1. Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
  2. I Hate This Part (Dave Aude Remix - Club)
  3. Bottle Pop (Moto Blanco Club Mix)
  4. Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) (Music Video)


  • Soul Seekerz Club Mix - 7:15
  • Soul Seekerz Radio Edit - 4:17

Commercial performance

The song debuted on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100 at number 100.[23] The next week the song rose on the Hot 100 from 100 to 15, with downloads for "Jai Ho" up nearly 500%, totaling about 103,000 for the soundtrack version and 27,000 for the Dolls' version, and also debuted on the Pop 100 chart at 20.[24] Sales for both versions were figured into the song's chart placement.[25] As of Monday 16 March, the song has entered top 40 on US radio.[26]

On the Canadian Hot 100, the song reached its peak of number five on 14 March 2009. "Jai Ho!" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 20 on March 22 and two weeks later, rose to number three giving the Pussycat Dolls their sixth top three single in the country ,it has sold 405,665 copies to date certifying as Gold. To date it has spent 25 weeks inside the UK top 100 singles, making it their second longest running.[27] The single debuted on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at number ten and later peaked at number one, becoming the Dolls' second number one hit there.[28]


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[29] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[30] 18
Belgian Singles Chart[30] 3
Canadian Hot 100[23] 4
Dutch Singles Chart[29] 42
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles Singles[31] 2
Finnish Singles Chart[32] 1
French Singles Chart[33] 3
German Singles Chart[34] 29
Greek Singles Chart[35] 1
Irish Singles Chart[30] 1
Italian Singles Chart[36] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart[37] 2
Romanian Singles Chart[38] 2
Russian Airplay Chart[39] 10
Swedish Singles Chart[30] 40
Swiss Singles Chart[30] 7
Turkey Top 20 Chart 1
UK Singles Chart[40] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[25] 15
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[24] 20

Release history

Region Date Format Label
United States February 23, 2009 Digital download A&M, Interscope
Worldwide February 24, 2009 Universal
United States March 3, 2009[41] Airplay A&M, Interscope
Europe March 15, 2009 Digital download Polydor, Universal
April 24, 2009 CD Single
(not for the UK)

End of year charts

Charts (2009) Position
Australia End of Year Singles Chart[42] 15
New Zealand Top 50 Singles[43] 16

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
April 9, 2009–April 16, 2009
Succeeded by
"We Made You" by Eminem
Turkey Top 20 Chart number-one single
April 27, 2009–May 5, 2009
Succeeded by
"Love Sex Magic" by Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
April 27, 2009–May 10, 2009
Succeeded by
"We Made You" by Eminem
Preceded by
"Non Ti Scordar Mai Di Me" by Giusy Ferreri
Greek Singles Chart number-one single
April 25, 2009–May 9, 2009
Succeeded by
"Fairytale" by Alexander Rybak
Preceded by
"Suudellaan" by Lauri Tähkä & Elonkerjuu
Finnish Singles Chart number-one single
August 1, 2009–August 8, 2009
Succeeded by
"Celebration" by Madonna
Preceded by
"Falling Slowly"
from Once
Academy Award for Best Original Song
(A.R. Rahman original version)

Succeeded by
"The Weary Kind"
from Crazy Heart


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