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Malaika Arora is the number one Bollywood dancing Diva, from Chaiyya Chaiyya to Gur Nalon Ishq Mitha

On the occasion of Malaika Arora's birthday, we look back at how she expanded Bollywood dance music beyond "item numbers."

When MTV initially debuted in India, Malaika Arora was one of the first VJs. Malaika’s name is also connected with iconic Indipop music videos if you grew up in the 1990s.

Malaika Arora is one of Bollywood’s most well-known actresses. She has accomplished far more than most people might think, from pushing her fitness motto to judging reality programmes on television. All of this has happened without the diva taking on any active responsibilities in the mainstream. In actuality, she only featured in a few films, mostly for songs or cameos. But that didn’t stop her from giving her peers a run for their money.

Despite the fact that Malaika Arora danced atop a speeding train in “Chaiyya Chaiyya,” she is not considered a “item girl.” Each song she’s danced to has either advanced the film’s narrative or left an everlasting stamp on the whole endeavor. It’s no surprise that her enthralling chemistry with Shah Rukh Khan on the train became the song’s high point. Malaika Arora Khan’s Bollywood debut was “Chaiyya Chaiyya.” The smallest aspect, from her energy to her gypsy style, was in perfect rhythm. In Bichhoo, she sang “Ekwari Tak Le,” her second movie single with Bobby Deol. Can we talk about her purple lipstick and a pink crop top? Or her black leather Catwoman LBD, for that matter. Even after two decades, what she wore in 2000 is still in trend.

Malaika’s debut music video, “Gur Nalon Ishq Mitha,” was released a few months earlier and is still one of her biggest successes. Her enthralling coupling with Jas Arora, another hottie, was captivating. It’s still a part of our 90s nostalgia, sung by Bally Sagoo with Malkit Singh. In the middle of all of this, Malaika released “Pyaar Ke Geet,” a radical departure from her reputation as a style diva. Arbaaz Khan, her then-boyfriend, and she had a similar connection. From the same album, there was also “Rangilo Maro Dholna,” which included enough emotion and acting from Malaika. The song is still performed at dance exhibitions and Dandiya Nights.

And, as Malaika was putting her acting chops to the test with each new music video, “Kitni Haseen Zindagi” with Lucky Ali arrived. She portrayed a superstar engrossed in happy recollections of her pal. This was a brief love tale with no dancing but a lot of emotional words, as well as imagery of the first laptop, Rediffmail, and times when selfies could be taken even with a big video camera. Malaika’s reign as the most sought-after face for dance numbers composed just for her began in the 2000s. Her brief appearance as Lisa in Kaante (2002) resulted in the fan-favorite song “Maahi Ve.” And her performance alongside Shah Rukh Khan in “Iss Kaal Kaal Mein” is undoubtedly the greatest thing to recall from the otherwise critically panned film Kaal. In Welcome, she even made Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor dance to her melodies in “Hoth Rasiley” (2007).

When she delivered the business one of its most successful songs in decades in 2010, she was dubbed the “Munni” of Bollywood. “Munni Badnaam Hui,” which was also nicely placed in the storyline, gave Salman Khan’s Dabangg a respite. Despite having a brief role in Housefull the same year, she returned in the sequel to “Anarkali Disco Chali” in 2012.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Malaika Arora perform a full-fledged dance routine. She’s been putting her talents to good use judging dancing reality programmes. But, as her admirers eagerly await her next single, never say never.



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