‘Dance India Dance 7’: Malaika Arora does hook steps of ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’; recalls challenges shooting the song

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‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ is one of the most iconic songs of Bollywood from Shah Rukh Khan’s 1998 film, ‘Dil Se’. In the cult song, Malaika Arora danced with Shah Rukh Khan on the top of a train. It has been more than two decades since the release of the movie, but still, the song and dance moves of Malaika are etched in our memory. Malaika appeared in ‘Dance India Dance 7’ to judge the show in absence of Kareena Kapoor Khan (she is currently holidaying in London with her family). As reported by Mumbai Mirror, watching a contestant dancing on ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’, she turned nostalgic.

Recalling her dance in ‘Dil Se’, Malaika said, “With Shah Rukh Khan, Mani Ratnam sir (director) and Santosh Sivan (cinematographer) who have achieved so much around, I felt really small. But thanks to the love of the team, I did not miss my family.”

Malaika also said that she faced a lot of challenges dancing on a moving train. She said that she fell many times. “To avoid this, they looped a rope around my waist and tied it to the train. When I removed it, I had deep cuts which were bleeding. But then, everyone took good care of me, someone pressing my feet and someone else feeding me,” she shared.

The song was composed by AR Rahman, penned by Gulzar, and crooned by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi. It was choreographed by Farah Khan.

For the unversed, ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ was shot on top of the Ooty train of Nilgiri Mountain Railway in Tamil Nadu.

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