25 Years Of Jeet: The Film That Gave The Iconic Sunny Deol Step And Began The Long Lasting Team Up Of Salman Khan And Sajid Nadiadwala

As the Salman Khan, Sunny Deol and Karisma Kapoor-starrer Jeet completes 25 years today, let’s revisit the film that gave Bollywood one of the most iconic dance step ever and started the long-lasting team up between Salman and Sajid Nadiadwala

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25 Years Of Jeet: The Film That Gave The Iconic Sunny Deol Step And Began The Long Lasting Team Up Of Salman Khan And Sajid Nadiadwala
Twenty-five years ago on this day, a film released that began a new collaboration in Bollywood that has delivered multiple blockbusters since then, and still continues to do so, along with giving an iconic dance step to the Hindi film industry.

Sajid Nadiadwala was just producing his fourth film, titled Jeet, when he pulled off a big casting coup for that time. He brought together the angry young man Sunny Deol, the lover boy Salman Khan and the ever-so-beautiful Karisma Kapoor for this Raj Kanwar directorial. This 1996 release opened to positive reviews from the critics and emerged as the fourth-highest grossing Hindi film of the year.

To celebrate the 25 years of the film, Sajid remembered the film on social media, saying, “25 years of endless love, drama, action and music that still hooks us to its step!” Jeet was a blockbuster at the time it was released, but there is one thing that the film is known for the most - the iconic step of Sunny Deol in Yaara O Yaara. The dance step became synonymous to this non-dancer and even till today, it is imitated as such whenever the actor is mentioned.

On the film’s 25th anniversary, an industry insider reveals the story behind the song that was shot in Switzerland and was choreographed by Chinni Prakash. “As per the director’s requirement, they wanted a non-dancer for Sunny’s character. And since nobody had seen Sunny Deol dance before on screen as such, he seemed like a perfect fit. While the team was in Switzerland, the team was staying in chalets, where the actor used to rehearse his steps with only a few people around him. Only the choreographer, Chinni sir and one or two of his assistants would be around. Even when the song was shot, there was a very minimal crew present, with hardly a few people behind the camera. And after the shot, everyone was pleasantly surprised by the outcome,” the insider reveals, sharing it was surprising how popular the dance step became.

The film also marked the first collaboration between Sajid and Salman, who went on to do the super successful Judwaa, the very next year. Salman was a part of five back-to-back productions of Sajid, which started with Jeet, followed by Judwaa, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Jaan-E-Mann. Eight years later, the duo collaborated again for Sajid’s directorial debut Kick, which again proved to be a blockbuster. And now, the duo is all set to collaborate again on its sequel, Kick 2 and also on Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. 

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