‘Don’t tamper with it’: This is Malaika Arora’s reaction to the idea of ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ recreation.
You must have seen an increasing trend of remixes, but Malaika Arora feels Shah Rukh Khan and her ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ song simply shouldn’t be touched.
This dancing diva shot to fame with the song ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya‘ back in 1998. Malaika carries a strong belief that though there is a trend of remixes these days, the AR Rahman composition is one of those numbers that simply shouldn’t be touched. The song ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’, was a duet by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi, for the Mani Rathnam film Dil Se. It has been an all-time favorite dance number of most people. The music video of this track featured Malaika joined by superstar Shah Rukh Khan matching steps atop a train and continues to be popular.
Malaika recently shook her legs to the number in an episode of the new dance reality show, India’s Best Dancer. When asked about the chartbuster track, Malaika told IANS,
“When you play that song, you can’t help but get up and dance. It is an iconic song. When I shot the song, Geeta (Kapur) was assisting Farah (Khan) at that time. I used to study under Terence (Lewis), Geeta assisted me on that dance. It was nice. We felt that ‘let’s just go for it’.”
According to her there’s one thing that she would like to point out about recreations. As per Malaika,
“In today’s day and age, there is a constant trend of remixes. There are a few songs that I think you should never touch. They are iconic. There must be five or 10 songs over the years that you can pull out. ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ is one of them. Don’t tamper with it, just let the original be and that’s how it should be.”
Malaika doesn’t hold any grudge against recreations though. She shared,
“I think some of the remixes are fantastic and go with today’s age and kids but yeah, there are certain things you should not tamper with like The Godfather or Mother India are iconic films. You should just let them be.”
On the other hand, Malaika will be judging India’s Best Dancer accompanied by Terence and Geeta. It will go on air on February 29, 2020.