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Jai Ho – A.R. Rahman

Slumdog millionaire soundtrack featuring Jai Ho by A.R. RahmanThere aren’t many one-hit wonders that have won both a Grammy Award and an Oscar. In fact, “Jai Ho” is pretty much it.

In 2008, Slumdog Millionaire was packing movie theaters with its crazy compelling story of a poor, illiterate kid who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire . As the movie ends in an exciting rush of requited love and joy, you see the cast in a train station dancing and singing “Jai Ho.”

It’s a great scene that ends the movie on a high and unexpected note. People embraced the song and movie, taking this movie that was made for only $15 million to worldwide sales of more than $370 million. Along the way, “Jai Ho” hit #15 on the Billboard Top 40, making A.R. Rahman a one-hit wonder.

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“Jai Ho” won a Grammy Award for the Best Song Written for a Motion Picture. Then, in 2009, it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

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A Grammy. A top-20 hit song. And an Academy Award. A.R. Rahman, you can retire a proud and happy man. But of course, that’s not enough for Rahman, one of India’s most prolific and awarded composers of all time. So he has a full trophy cabinet of Grammy, Academy, Golden Globe and other awards, too.

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