The most popular Bollywood films have more or less a predefined recipe. The ingredients – romance, drama, mystery, action, heartbreak and sometimes running to the airport or train station. As viewers of Hindi cinema, we have grown accustomed to over-the-top action at the edge of the seat. For example, a hero or the main actor, who is on a mission, is ready to jump on a journey through the countryside.
The railroads kind of assume the favor when it comes to an important twist or climactic scene in the movie. The corridors and the roof of the train provide enough space to create such impacts. The locomotive acts as a classic band with its piercing screams and the familiar sound of its wheels. Here’s a roundup of some of the most memorable movies with iconic train sequences:
1. Sadma (1983)
The story is about a heartwarming relationship between a teacher and a student, played by Kamal Hassan and Sridevi respectively. He takes care of Sridevi, who suffered from amnesia after an accident. The last scene of the film was extremely moving and heartbreaking. Sridevi, who has fully recovered, is on her way home and has forgotten how Kamal took care of her. In the final scene, Kamal attempts to jog Sridevi’s memory at the train station by piecing together the time they spent together. However, Sridevi considers him crazy and ignores him.
2. Aradhana (1969)
The song Mere Sapno Ki Rani instantly evokes the memory of a fiery Rajesh Khanna trying to woo Sharmila Tagore, on board a train. The actor who plays the role of an Indian Air Force pilot serenades his beloved as he sits on a small train from Darjeeling, which climbs the mountain. She whistles to the rhythm of the actor’s melodious song.
Satyajit Ray chose Uttam Kumar for this poignant story. The film was made while the filmmaker was on a 24-hour train running between Kolkata and Delhi. Uttam Kumar meets Sharmila Tagore who is a volunteer journalist interviewing the actor. She forces him to face his demons. The backdrop with rail elements like station stops, changing scenery, and activities inside the first-class carriage was the perfect setup for their conversations and the actor’s moments of introspection.
4. The Burning Train (1980)
No wonder this movie that had train in its title depicted a love story that blossomed along the journey. The movie revolved around several love stories, however, only one love saga started in the train between Neetu Singh and Jeetendra. They exchanged loving glances as the song Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Humara played in the background.
5. Swades: We The People (2004)
The train sequences in this film were very essential to the script. The protagonist played by Shah Rukh Khan understands his country, its people and their problems while traveling by train. The general compartment of the train becomes the way to bridge the gap between the city and the countryside. Some scenes were shot at Apta railway station near Panvel in Maharashtra.
6. Parineeta (2005)
Director Pradeep Sarkar’s Parineeta had beautiful sets. The song Kasto Mazza featuring Saif Ali Khan on the Darjeeling Toy Train has become a perennial Bollywood favourite. The best shot of this song is when a few apple-cheeked kids sing their own version. Saif, unaware of what happened in his absence, thinks of Vidya Balan with the beautiful backdrop of Darjeeling. Although it’s a cliched romantic scene, it’s still a favorite.
7. Saathiya (2002)
Vivek Oberoi’s Aditya confesses her love for Rani Mukerji’s Suhani on a local train. Local trains in Mumbai have been featured in various movies and in movies like Saathiya they had an important role to play. The love confession sequence is always an adorable reminder of how fast tracks can sometimes become the place for heartfelt revelations.
8. Dil Se (1998)
This film gave audiences an iconic train song, Chaiyya Chaiyya. The classic film ARRahman achieved a cult following as the song weaved its beats with the whistles and wheels. Shah Rukh Khan’s signature headbang and Malaika Arora’s gravity-defying hip movements show that the choreography follows the movement. Filmed on the moving Nilgiri Mountain Railway, one cannot listen to this song without engaging in a train dance.
9. Jab We Met (2007)
A depressed young man meets a lively Punjabi girl on an overnight trip and sparks fly. Cliché but unlike conventional Bollywood dramas, love didn’t follow suit in this one. This Imtiaz Ali romantic comedy showed how Kareena Kapoor saves Shahid Kapoor and they go their own way. A series of chance confusions ensue and eventually, love blossoms.
10. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Simran of Kajol runs to her lover Raj, played by Shah Rukh Khan. Raj, on a train leaving the platform, reaches out until he meets Simran running in no time. The hero grabs the girl, and the train rolls into bliss forever. This footage immortalized the train romance in Bollywood. The scene is shot at Apta railway station in Maharashtra.
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