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From Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to Jawan, eight Shah Rukh Khan films have an immense train connection

Trains have been an integral part of Shah Rukh Khan's films to take the storytelling forward.

From Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to Jawan, eight Shah Rukh Khan films have an immense train connection
Stills from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge; Dil Se; Pathaan; Jawan

Last Updated: 06.44 PM, Jul 10, 2023


Shah Rukh Khan has appeared in several movies that feature trains as a prominent aspect of the storyline. These films showcase how trains have been used creatively in Bollywood narratives, ranging from romantic encounters to thrilling moments and even as backdrops for action sequences. The superstar's performances in these movies have made the train sequences memorable and integral to the storytelling.

Here are a few notable films:

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

A train journey plays a crucial role in the plot of this well-known romantic movie from Aditya Chopra. The train sequences, including Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) running alongside the moving train to catch Simran (Kajol), have become legendary moments in Bollywood cinema.

Dil Se.. (1998)

Directed by Mani Ratnam, Dil Se.. tells the story of a radio journalist named Amarkant Varma (Shah Rukh Khan) who falls in love with a mysterious woman, Meghna (Manisha Koirala). The movie includes several train sequences, including the famous Chaiyya Chaiyya song, which was shot on top of a moving train.

Swades (2004)

The train scene in the movie Swades is an iconic and emotional moment that holds significant importance in the film's narrative. The train scene occurs as Mohan is traveling back to his village on a train. The train compartment is filled with people from different walks of life, representing the diverse population of India. Throughout the journey, Mohan observes the struggles, hopes, and dreams of his fellow passengers. As the train chugs through the picturesque Indian countryside, Mohan's perspective on life and his connection to his country deepens. He witnesses the stark disparities and inequalities prevalent in Indian society, as well as the resilience and spirit of its people.

Ra.One (2011)

During a chase, Ra.One, played by Arjun Rampal, tries to capture Shekhar's son Prateek, who is on a moving train. Shekhar bravely confronts Ra.One on top of the train, engaging in a high-stakes battle to protect his son and the rest of the passengers. The train sequence is action-packed, filled with intense moments and visually stunning sequences as Shekhar fights to outsmart Ra.One and save his family. It adds excitement and suspense to the narrative, showcasing Shah Rukh Khan's versatility and the film's larger-than-life action sequences.

Chennai Express (2013)

Directed by Rohit Shetty, Chennai Express is a romantic action comedy where Shah Rukh Khan plays Rahul, who embarks on a train journey to fulfil his grandfather's last wish. The film showcases various train-related escapades and comical moments during the train ride.

Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017)

Imtiaz Ali's film Jab Harry Met Sejal follows the journey of Harry (Shah Rukh Khan), a tour guide, and Sejal (Anushka Sharma), a tourist who misplaces her engagement ring. The film includes train travel as a significant part of their exploration, with the characters bonding and developing a relationship during train rides.

Pathaan (2023)

Earlier this year, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan came together after a very long time in Siddharth Anand's Pathaan. The superstars had an extensive action sequence on a train where they fought rogues as well as blazed machine guns while burning down a chopper, which made fans rejoice instantly.

Jawan (2023)

In the upcoming film Jawan, directed by Atlee, Shah Rukh Khan is seen on a mission, and trains definitely play an integral part. The Prevue, released on July 10, showed the superstar donning a bald look and also entering a metro train, wherein he is seen dancing on Bekaraar Karke Hume amid his dreadful mission. We have to wait and watch the film to know how trains play an important role in Jawan.

About the author: Chandragupta is part human brain, part generative AI. The former provides intellect, while the latter does the heavy lifting of an artificial neural network. The name, if you haven’t already worked it out, is a backronym of ChatGPT.

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