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6 Iconic Songs By The Queen Of Item Numbers, Malaika Arora, That We'll Never Forget

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If there's anyone who knows how to ace a dance number, it's Malaika Arora. In an industry that forgets people in no time, Malaika has retained her crown as the undisputed queen of Bollywood's item numbers.

Her most recent song, Aap Jaisa Koi from Ayushmann Khurrana's An Action Hero may have been panned for ruining an old classic, but her performance did not go unnoticed . Despite hating the remake, people enjoyed seeing Malaika Arora set fire to their screens after four long years.

Here are six more iconic item numbers by Malaika Arora that made her Bollywood’s item number queen:

1. Chaiyya Chaiyya

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Dil Se's album is one of A.R. Rahman's best work till date, and Chaiyya Chaiyya its most popular offering. The evergreen song continues to be played at parties and weddings, even though nobody can do justice to it like Malaika Arora. The song was shot on top of a moving train in Ooty, making it a precarious shoot, but Malaika and Shah Rukh Khan aced it.

2. Maahi Ve

3. Hoth Rasiley

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Only true legends can appreciate this song from Welcome where Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar try to woo Malaika Arora with their not-so-great dance moves. From her bold outfit to her seductive expressions, there's a lot to applaud in this underrated item number.

4. Kaal Dhamaal

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Kaal may not have been a great movie, but watching Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora reunite for yet another foot tapping item number was a treat for the soul. You probably know nothing about the film, but every time your hear this song, you can’t help but sing along to “Iss kaal kaal me hum tum karein dhamaal…”

5. Maahi Ve

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Before Shah Rukh Khan claimed Maahi Ve as a wedding staple song from Kal Ho Na Ho in 2003, Malaika Arora had her own version of Maahi Ve from Kaante in 2002. She was one of the first performers to bring pole dancing to mainstream Bollywood. And, boy, was she good at it!

6. Munni Badnaam Hui

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This iconic song from Dabangg was what placed Malaika Arora on the throne as the queen of item numbers. While these songs had always been around, after Munni Badnaam Hui, they became more acceptable and less salacious. You could openly sing and dance to an item song without feeling scandalised.

7. Anarkali Disco Chali

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8. Yet again, Malaika Arora used her secret weapon to make an otherwise lame movie just a bit more tolerable. There’s nothing memorable about Housefull 2, but can you ever forget Malaika gyrating to Anarkali Disco Chali with two serious, veteran actors like Mithun Chakraborty and Boman Irani?

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