Malaika Arora was not the first choice for Chaiyya Chaiyya, Shilpa Shetty and Shilpa Shirodkar were

Dec 04, 2022 10:07 PM IST

Malaika Arora was not the first choice for her hit song Chaiyya Chaiyya, and was approached only after five other actors rejected the offer.

The first choice for the popular dance song Chaiyya Chaiyya was not Malaika Arora. She was approached only after five actors refused to dance on the train, Farah Khan has revealed. Chaiyya Chaiyya which was a part of the 1998 Mani Ratnam film Dil Se.(Also read: Malaika Arora is emotional about big life decision, Farah Khan consoles her)

Malaika Arora and Shah Rukh Khan dance on top of a train in Chaiyya Chaiyya.
Malaika Arora and Shah Rukh Khan dance on top of a train in Chaiyya Chaiyya.

Farah will be seen talking about their 90s song on the first episode of Moving In With Malaika which premieres on Disney+ Hotstar on December 5, Monday. The show marks digital debut for Malaika.

“You’re the Chaiyya Chaiyya girl. But luckily for you, some five heroines had refused to climb on the train. Malaika was nowhere on the radar. We approached Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Shilpa Shirodkar, and 2-3 other people. One had a phobia of climbing on the train, another one was not available," a DNA report quoted Farah as saying.

The filmmaker added, “Then the makeup person said, Malaika is a very good dancer. When she climbed on the train, we were completely curious whether she would pull it off or not. But the rest as we know is history.”

Malaika has promised a closer look into her life for fans as well as haters, with her new show Moving In With Malaika. The show will also feature celebrities who are close to her. Though there has been no official confirmation, her close friends, including Kareena Kapoor Khan, are expected to feature on the show.

Promos for Moving In With Malaika show the actor-dancer talking about her personal life, moving on after her divorce, and the trolling she has faced for all of it. Talking about the show, Malaika had earlier said in a statement, “For the longest time, the world has viewed me through the lens of social media. But this time I am excited to shake that up a bit. With this show, I want to break that barrier between me and my fans and invite them into my world.”

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