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Slumdog Millionaire
Soundtrack by A. R. Rahman
Released 25 November 2008
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios
Genre Soundtrack
Film score
World Music
Length 51:01
Label N.E.E.T.
Producer A. R. Rahman
Professional reviews
A. R. Rahman chronology
Slumdog Millionaire

The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman who planned the score in two months and completed it in two weeks,[2] a far shorter time period than usual. The soundtrack has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and two Academy Awards, one for Best Original Music Score and the other for Best Original Song for "Jai Ho". The soundtrack has also won two Grammy Awards, one for the album itself and another for the song "Jai Ho".



Rahman has stated that he was aiming for "mixing modern India and the old India" with the music (see Music of India), but that the film and soundtrack "isn’t about India or Indian culture. The story could happen anywhere." The film's director Danny Boyle, who "hated sentiment" and told Rahman "Never put a cello in my film", wanted a "pulsey" score. Rahman appreciated that Boyle liked how Indian films mix music, saying the director wanted "edgy, upfront" music that did not suppress sound. Composing pieces to fit the images, he noted: "There’s not many cues in the film. Usually a big film has 130 cues. This had just seventeen or eighteen: the end credits, beginning credits."[2] Describing the music as one of the parts he liked most in the film,[3] Boyle wanted to include M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" from early on in production on the score, which appears along with an original track Rahman composed, "O...Saya," featuring the artist.[4] M.I.A., who Rahman described as a "powerhouse" gave brief film notes on some scenes to Boyle upon request during editing.[2][5][6] Rahman has attributed part of the success of the film soundtrack to Arulpragasam.[7]

The soundtrack for the film was released on M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. label.[8]

Chart performance

On the Billboard issue dated January 31, 2009, the album knocked-off Lady GaGa's The Fame album, which was on the top for more than twelve consecutive weeks, from the top of the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart. The soundtrack gained popularity after the performance of this movie on the Golden Globe Awards. It also rose up the Billboard 200 albums chart rising from 56 to 16 for the issue of January 31, 2009,[9] later peaking at #4 on the chart.[10] For the issue of March 7, 2009, the album again rebounded from 48 to 22 by selling 21,000 copies (a 38% rise), spurred by sales due to the oscar win at the 81st Academy Awards.[11]


# Title Lyrics Length
1. "O... Saya" (performed by A. R. Rahman and M.I.A.*) A. R. Rahman, M.I.A. 3:34
2. "Riots" (instrumental)   1:59
3. "Mausam & Escape" (instrumental)   3:53
4. "Paper Planes"#" (performed by M.I.A.)   3:23
5. "Paper Planes (DFA Remix)" (performed by M.I.A.)   5:49
6. "Ringa Ringa" (performed by Alka Yagnik, Ila Arun) Raquib Alam 4:15
7. "Liquid Dance"#2" (performed by Palakkad Sriram, Madhumitha)   2:59
8. "Latika's Theme" (performed by Suzanne D'Mello)   3:09
9. "Aaj Ki Raat"#3" (performed by Sonu Nigam, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Alisha Chinai) Javed Akhtar 6:07
10. "Millionaire" (performed by Madhumitha)   2:44
11. "Gangsta Blues" (performed by BlaaZe, Tanvi Shah) BlaaZe 3:42
12. "Dreams on Fire" (performed by Suzanne D'Mello) BlaaZe, Wendy Parr 4:08
13. "Jai Ho" (performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Vijay Prakash**) Gulzar, Tanvi Shah 5:19
#written by Mathangi Arulpragasam, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Wesley Pentz, Paul Simonon, Joe Strummer
#2previously used as a background track in Azhagiya Thamizh Magan (2007, Tamil) with different instrumentation and no vocals
#3composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, lyrics by Javed Akhtar; from the album Don - The Chase Begins Again
Not in the soundtrack

Other music featured in the film include:

  1. Salim's mobile phone ringtone – adapted from theme music to Swades.
  2. Opera performance at the Taj Mahal – "Che farò senza Euridice?" from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.


Charts Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[12] 37
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 26
French Albums Chart[10] 44
Mexican AMPROFON Albums Chart[13] 7
New Zealand Albums Chart[10] 19
Swiss Albums Chart[10] 46
UK Albums Chart[10] 13
U.S. Billboard 200 [10] 4
U.S. Billboard Top Electronic Albums[14] 1


Country Certification Sales/Shipments
UK Gold[15] 100,000+
Australia Gold[12] 35,000+

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
The Fame by Lady GaGa
U.S. Billboard Top Electronic Albums number-one album (first run)
January 24, 2009 - February 14, 2009
Succeeded by
The Fame by Lady GaGa
U.S. Billboard Top Electronic Albums number-one album (second run)
March 14, 2009 - March 21, 2009

Awards and nominations

A. R. Rahman won the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Film Music. Rahman also earned three Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Original Score and two for Best Original Song, one shared with M.I.A. for the song "O... Saya" and the other shared with lyricist Gulzar for the song "Jai Ho". The soundtrack won two of those Academy Awards, one for Best Original Music Score and the other for Best Original Song for "Jai Ho". The soundtrack has also won two Grammy Awards, one for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album, while "Jai Ho" has won Best Song Written for a Visual Media.[16]


  1. ^ De Semlyen, Nick. "Review of Slumdog Millionaire". Empire. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Hill, Logan (12 November 2008). "Composer A.R. Rahman on the Sounds of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and Being M.I.A.’s Idol". New York. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  3. ^ Vergee, Neelam (27 September 2008). "I think I changed working in Bombay". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  4. ^ Murrow, Martin (12 November 2008). "Clever Little Dickens". CBC. Retrieved 24 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Danny Boyle says London actor Dev Patel plays ideal loser". CBC. 09 November 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  6. ^ Medina, Jeremy (12 November 2008). "Catching Up With...Danny Boyle". Paste. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Maher, Dave (24 November 2008). "M.I.A.'s New Label to Release Slumdog Soundtrack". Pitchforkmedia. Retrieved 24 November 2008. 
  9. ^ Jonathon Cohen (January 22, 2009). "Swift Makes It Lucky Seven Atop Billboard 200". Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Slumdog soundtrack on world charts
  11. ^ Keith Caulfield (February 25, 2009). "'Slumdog' Barks While Taylor Swift Nets 10th Week At No. 1". Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  12. ^ a b
  13. ^ - 13th January 2009
  14. ^ billboard Top Electronic Album
  15. ^
  16. ^ "India's A.R. Rahman strikes Grammys gold". Agence France-Presse. 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 

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Academy Award for Best Original Score
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Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
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La Vie en rose
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
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Big Three Film Music Awards (2009)
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