Two decades after choreographing the dance sequences for Jiya Jale in the film Dil Se, Farah Khan revealed why the song features a solo Preity Zinta in several of the shots. In an interview to Mid-Day, Farah said Shah Rukh Khan makes irregular appearances in the song because he didn’t show up for the shoot.
Farah said that she had jokingly told Khan that she was going to have him emerge from a waterfall wearing nothing but a white dhoti. Shah Rukh took her seriously and on the day of the shoot said that he was lost.
“Of course, I was joking with him; but that’s the first time in 25 years that he didn’t land up for a shoot. He said he lost his way and there were no Google maps then. And we were in a forest in Kerala,” she said.
She continued, “If you go back and see the song, Preity Zinta is alone with the dancers in the waterfall portion because Shah Rukh did not turn up.”
Dil Se marked Preity’s acting debut. She played a supporting role in Mani Ratnam’s 1998 film in which Manisha Koirala was the female lead and Shah Rukh the male.