Shah Rukh was worried about me during the shoot of Chaiyya Chaiyya: Malaika Arora

Chaiyya Chaiyya remains Malaika's most popular song of her career.

Shah Rukh was worried about me during the shoot of Chaiyya Chaiyya: Malaika Arora
Image credits: Dil Se - Madras Talkies, Varma Corporation

Indian actress, dancer, model, VJ, and television personality Malaika Arora remembered shooting for ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya,’ a part of ‘Dil Se,’ directed by Mani Ratnam.

The song sees Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora danced on a moving train.

In a Bollywood Bubble interview, Malaika said that during the shoot, Shah Rukh Khan was worried about her, that she would fly off as she wasn’t tied to the train using a harness for protection.

Remembering the Chaiyya Chaiyya shoot, Malaika told Bollywood Bubble, “He (Shah Rukh Khan) insisted that I should be (on harness) because he was worried that I may fly off the train. And then first we said no because it’s difficult to dance na (no), imagine one part of you being harnessed and tied like that. But yeah, we did.”

In a 2017 interview, Shah Rukh had spoken about shooting Chaiyya Chaiyya, and said that it was ‘very scary’ to film on a moving train. He had revealed that while shooting for the song, the dancers were tied to the train for protection. Shah Rukh had added that he was left loose as since he had to spin in the dance sequences.

‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ was sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi, composed by AR Rahman, and penned by Gulzar. It was choreographed by Farah Khan, for which she had won the Filmfare Award for best choreography for the song that year.

Malaika said in a 2020 interview that ‘Chhaiya Chhaiya’ is an iconic song and should not be recreated.

Arora will foray into OTT with Disney+ Hotstar’s ‘Moving In With Malaika.’ The show start streaming from 5th December, 2022 and will give viewers a peek of Malaika’s daily routine and her private life.

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