Hindi film director Subhash Ghai revealed here on Sunday that the song ‘Jai Ho’ that won music director A.R. Rehman and lyricist Gulzar an Oscar was originally composed for his film Yuvraaj.

Mr. Ghai was speaking at an interactive session on music in cinema at the ongoing Pune International Film Festival (PIFF). “The words of the song were very poetic — Zareewale neele aasman ke tale... [Under the embroidered sky...] The poetry did not fit the character of Zayed Khan, on whom the song was to be shot. So I asked Gulzarji to compose another song.

“Then one night Rehman called me and said Danny Boyle was in a hurry and wanted a Hindi song at the end of his film. He asked me if he could give Boyle ‘Jai Ho.’ I told him to go ahead.”