Chaiyya chaiyya song and details from movie Dil Se

Famous Train Song from movie Dil Se - Energetic song 

Movie: Dil Se (1998)

Lead Actors: Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta

Music: A. R. Rahman

Lyrics: Gulzar

Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Sapna Awasthi

Director: Mani Ratnam

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The song features Shah Rukh Khan (also called SRK or Shahrukh Khan), a Bollywood superstar, dancing, singing and jumping around on top of a train with a group of people. Why would they do that? There is really no good reason for them to do such activities on top of a moving train, but somehow it works! 

 Related interesting information 

  • All Tied Up:  Filming this song was quite challenging. In an interview, Shah Rukh Khan revealed that all the dancers, except him, were tied to the train for safety. He was not tied up because he had to jump. Watch the song carefully again.

  • Musical Score:  The song was composed by musician A.R.Rahman. He became famous internationally after winning an Oscar for composing music for the film Slumdog Millionaire. He also sang the title song from this movie. Click here for the wonderful title song called Dil Se Re.

  • Flexible lady:  One cannot miss the prominent lady dancer, who can gyrate, sway and bend effortlessly. Her name is Malaika Arora Khan, and she has performed several other popular movie dances. 

  • Singer Sukhwinder Singh: The male singer in the song and music composer Rahman worked together again in the famous Jai Ho song from the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

  • Inside Man creditsThis song plays as the credits roll in the movie Inside Man, starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster and others. Much of the song is played along with some rapping.  Click here to see the video.

  • What does Chaiyya chaiyya mean?  Chaiyya means shade in Hindi language. The first part of the song is "Those in the shade of love have heaven beneath their feet, so let's go in the shade of love". Click here to understand the beautiful lyrics of this song (written by Gulzar).
  • Sukhwinder Singh performs: Sukhwinder Singh enjoys and moves the crowd in this live performance. This is one of the most popular Bollywood songs. Click here to watch a variation of the song in the movie.

Background Information

The song is not an essential part of the movie's story at all, but most of us are glad that the song was added.

In the scene just before the song, Amar (Shah Rukh Khan) and Meghna (Manisha Koirala) are two strangers sitting on a desolate train platform waiting for their trains to arrive. It is a windy and cold night.
Amar tries to impress Meghna. He asks repeatedly if he could do something for her. She stays quiet for a while and finally requests a hot cup of tea. He rushes to a nearby tea shop and returns with two steaming cups of tea. By the time he reaches the platform, she is gone. He spots her with some men in a train, which is leaving the platform.

The two speak only for a few minutes. They do not even know each other's names, and she leaves without giving any contact information. End of their love story? No, of course not, they meet again later.

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