Trains are a quintessential part of our Indian culture and so is Bollywood. What happens when the two come together? It becomes the perfect storm for romance to blossom between our hero and heroine. Some of the most iconic love stories Bollywood has given us were shaped on or by a train journey, the Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge train scene for example. So, let’s take a look at some love stories of Bollywood that couldn’t have been what they are without a train.
1. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
One of the iconic romantic sequences of Bollywood that is etched in every Indian’s memory, DDLJ’s train scene where Simran is running to catch Raj's hand who's on board a running train is a perfect end to the love story of Simran and Raj. Coincidentally, a train ride is also where Raj and Simran started falling for each other, although it was on a European one.
2. The Burning Train
When it's a Bollywood movie and it has the word 'train' in its title, naturally, romance is to be expected to blossom on a train. And, the movie does not disappoint, it has multiple love stories taking place simultaneously as the movie is a multi-starrer, but only one love story actually begins on the train; that of Neetu Singh and Jitendra. It starts during a song when the two exchange glances and the rest, as they say, is history.
3. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan created the iconic train sequence of DDLJ but between same-sex characters. It also built on top of it by including a dance number and a make-out scene because why not?
4. Saathiya (2003)
One of the most underrated love stories of Bollywood, Saathiya's romantic train scene is a bit different from the rest and so is the train. The scene takes place between Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi on a Mumbai local when the latter confesses his love for the former and proposes to her. Rani's response to the proposal is nothing less than thug life.
5. Fanaa (2006)
One of the truly selfless love stories of the past decade, Fanaa is a movie that will make you reach for a box of tissues. In the train scene, just when we thought their love story is over, Rehan (Aamir Khan) returns to Zooni (Kajol) and reads the now-iconic Shayari from the movie. The couple is helped by Zooni's friend who pulls the train and allows the couple to leave.
The scene that gave us the famous dialogue, 'Aapke paaon dekhe, bahut haseen hain. Inhein zameen par mat utariyega, maile ho jayenge', was onboard a train. Raj Kumar says this to Meena Kumari, thus, marking the beginning of their love story.
The movie that gave us the classic song Mere Sapno Ki Rani, Aradhana has a "different" kind of train-love scene. The scene sees Rajesh Khanna driving parallel to the train Sharmila Tagore is onboard while singing the classic song and flirting his lungs and heart out.
8. Jab We Met (2006)
What DDLJ is to 80s and 90s kids, Jab We Met is to millennials. And like every other great love story, even this one began in a train or more like because of this train ride. This is the scene where Geet's (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and Aditya's (Shahid Kapoor) fates intertwine.
9. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
It is during a train journey when our leads Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor start connecting with each other and eventually fall in love. It is during a regular train journey when their friends are playing games and having fun conversations when Naina (Deepika Padukone) realizes how much she has been missing out on throughout the years and it is during these thoughts that she realizes Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) is looking at her with love in his eyes. The Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani train scene is forever in our hearts.