Wednesday, September 1, 2010


1 Sept 2010


From Our Delhi Bureau

NEW DELHI: With many finding Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman's Commonwealth Games theme song unveiled on Sunday as disappointing, the Organising Committee is exploring if Bollywood hero Shah Rukh Khan can liven up the opening ceremony on October 3 with a dance.

The theme song did not impress the Group of Ministers (GoM) before whom it was presented in Gurgaon. Though not passing its muster, the GoM chose to clear it, wanting Rahman to improve upon it and asking the Organising Committee to get something more for the inaugural function.

SRK has not yet been approached, but if agrees to perform dropping a shooting engagement abroad for Don 2, it will be a repeat of the Asian Games in Delhi in 1982 when Amitabh Bachchan took the stage to sing the song "Swagatam Shubha Swagatam."

A news agency quoted him stating that “I have not been asked to lead any aspect of the Commonwealth Games from my line of work, to do a dance to promote it, but if I were asked, I would have done it.” 

Another name in the reckoning for the purpose, if SRK cannot get shifted his shooting schedule, is that of Akshay Kumar, whose name will be acceptable to the ruling Congress any day than someone suggest calling Bachchan as he is son-in-law of former Congress MP Rajesh Khanna. 

But on that count, SRK will be more favourable as he not only comes from a traditional Congress family but he is also close to Sonia Gandhi's children -- Rahul and sister Priyanka Vadra.


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