Who can forget actor Shahrukh Khan (right) and actor Malaika Arora Khan grooving on top of a moving train in the song Chaiyya Chaiyya in Dil Se (1998)?
This 6 minute 54 sec long song has managed to be nominated on the list of Cinema@100, a Hindustan Times’ initiative that celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema.
Directed by filmmaker Mani Ratnam, composed by music director AR Rahman and penned by Gulzar, the song became popular especially because of its video. Crooned by singers Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi, the lyrics of Chaiyya Chaiyya are based on a Sufi folk song Thaiyya Thaiyya by poet Bulleh Shah.
The music video for Chaiyya Chaiyya was shot in Tamil Nadu and choreographed by Farah Khan, who completed it in four and half days. Speaking about the hit video, Malaika reportedly said, “Chaiyya Chaiyya song was shot exactly as you see it on the screen— no camera tricks, no back projection, no post-production special effects.
I think the manner in which the song was shot was a novel experience. Farah is a brilliant choreographer and she gave me steps that complimented me. Mani Rathnam is a brilliant director, the music by Rahman was great and having Shah Rukh for a co-star was a definite bonus!”
Did you know
A BBC World Service international poll in 2003 on the ten most popular songs of all time, people from 155 countries voted for Chaiyya Chaiyya, securing it the ninth position. The song featured in the musical Bombay Dreams and its remixes were used in the opening and closing credits of the film Inside Man (2006 ), starring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen. It was played during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in October, 2010.