The Burning Train
|The Burning Train|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ravi Chopra|
|Produced by||B. R. Chopra|
|Written by||Kamleshwar (dialogues)|
|Story by||Ravi Chopra|
|Music by||R. D. Burman|
|Edited by||R. P. Bapat|
S. B. Mane
R. K. Studios
|Distributed by||B. R. Films|
Shemaroo Video Pvt. Ltd.
Yash Raj Films
|Box office||₹65 million|
The Burning Train is a 1980 Indian Hindi-language action thriller disaster film, produced by B. R. Chopra under the B. R. Films banner and directed by Ravi Chopra. The film featured a huge all-star cast, featuring Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna, Parveen Babi, Jeetendra, Neetu Singh in the pivotal roles and music composed by R. D. Burman.
The plot revolves around a train named the Super Express, that catches fire on its inaugural run from New Delhi to Mumbai. This movie was inspired by an earlier Japanese disaster movie, The Bullet Train (1975). The Burning Train grossed ₹65 million, becoming the seventh highest-grossing Indian film of 1980.
Ashok Singh (Dharmendra), Vinod Verma (Vinod Khanna) and Randhir (Danny Denzongpa) are childhood friends. Ashok is a son of multi-millionaire Seth Dharmdas (Madan Puri) and likes fast cars, whereas Vinod and Randhir are engineers at the Indian Railway Board along with Rakesh (Vinod Mehra) and dream to build the fastest moving train in India. Since boyhood, Randhir is a tetchy and wild and envies Vinod. Meanwhile, Ashok and Vinod fall for Seema (Hema Malini) and Mrs Sheetal Vinod Verma (Parveen Babi). Randhir also aspires to possess Sheetal, but she pairs with Vinod and they are blessed with a son, Raju (Master Bittoo), provoking the hostility of Randhir. Suddenly, destiny plays with Ashok, his father faces bankruptcy following his death, Seema deceives him and forlorn Ashok turns wanderer. At this juncture, the Indian Railway Board approves the fastest-moving train the Super Express. Here, Vinod, Randhir and Rakesh's designs are finalized and Vinod prevails whereby malice of Randhir summits. After six years, Vinod triumphs in building the Super Express from Delhi to Bombay in 14 hours. But Vinod's obsession with the train ruins his marriage, so, Sheeatal shoves Raju to her mother in the Super Express and banishes Vinod.
Then, the train begins signing-on many passengers namely: Raja Ram Mohan (Om Shivpuri) with his wife Padmini (Indrani Mukherjee). A smuggler Chander (Ranjeet) with diamonds and fiancée Razia (Komilla Virk). An undercover cop Ranveer (Sujeet Kumar) disguised as a church father is behind them. Major P.K. Bhandari (Asrani), a school teacher (Simi Garewal) with students, a Pandit Shambhunath (Rajendra Nath), a Muslim Abdul Rahim (Yunus Parvez), ticketless passengers (Keshto Mukherjee and Paintal) along with Rakesh's pregnant wife. Besides, Seema with her Doctor cousin (Navin Nischol) in addition, Ashok joins in his friend's success and he is startled to see Seema. Above all, Ravi (Jeetendra) a prowler following Madhu (Neetu Singh) absconding with the jewelry and on the ride they fall in love. Randhir removes the vacuum brakes, plants a bomb in the engine and quits the train. Meanwhile, Ashok accompanies him by the presence of Seema and on chat, Randhir reveals his evil plan. Immediately, Ashok rushes and manages to catch the train. But it is too late, halfway, the bomb explodes killing the drivers and the train proceeds without breaks. Panic-stricken, Vinod and the railway board desperately try to save the passengers. Thereof, Vinod converses with the passengers through All India Radio, and outlines the method of applying emergency brakes. At present, Ashok, Ravi, and the guard Usman Ali (Dinesh Thakur) make a plucky endeavor towards the engine.
In that chaos, the petrified train cooks fail to switch off the gas. At the same time, Rakesh's wife is under labor, the doctor asks for hot water when a cook lights and the gas explodes killing Usman Ali and several passengers. However, Ashok and Ravi barely make it back by erecting some gaps between the burning compartments and the passengers. At the same time, Vinod proposes sending a helicopter to land a person on the engine which voluntarily led by Randhir for sabotage. Anyway, he succeeds but falsifies by announcing his death as the helicopter explodes. Meanwhile, Ashok identifies the reason behind Seema's betrayal is her disability and they reconcile. Ravi divulges his identity to Madhu, yet, she accepts his love, as well as, Sheetal returns to Vinod and boasts his courage. At Bombay, Rakesh plans to build a steep incline to reduce the speed. Beyond, as an end-run, dauntless Vinod jeopardizes by arriving into the Super Express from one car to another with fireproof suits and dynamite. Soon, Vinod, Ashok, and Ravi cross the fire where Randhir seeks to kill Vinod. Vinod kills Randhir. Thereafter, Vinod detects that all systems of the engine have failed when Ashok thinks of blasting the couplings of the compartments to the engine. Vinod disagrees as it leads to derailing at such a speed then he favours the incline built by Rakesh. Currently, Ravi backs and instructs passengers to tie themselves to their seats to avoid injury. Vinod and Ashok set up the dynamite towards blast while the train is climbing towards the incline and then jump off the slowing engine. Nevertheless, the engine blasts at Bombay Railway Station but the compartments slow down and halt. Finally, the passengers rejoin their relatives tribute to the soul of India.
- Dharmendra as Ashok Singh
- Vinod Khanna as Vinod Verma
- Jeetendra as Ravi
- Hema Malini as Seema
- Parveen Babi as Mrs.Sheetal Vinod Verma
- Neetu Singh as Madhu
- Danny Denzongpa as Randhir
- Vinod Mehra as Rakesh
- Iftekhar as Railway Board chairman
- Ranjeet as Chander
- Nazir Hussain as Vinod's father
- Sujeet Kumar as Inspector Ranveer
- Om Shivpuri as Raja Ram Mohan
- Madan Puri as Seth Dharmdas
- Asrani as Col. P.K. Bhandari
- Keshto Mukherjee as Ticketless Passenger
- Paintal as Ticketless Passenger
- Navin Nischol as Doctor
- Simi Garewal as School Teacher
- Indrani Mukherjee as Padmini
- Asha Sachdev as Ramkali
- Padmini Kapila as Ritu
- Komilla Virk as Raziya
- Rajendra Nath as Pandit Ji
- Yunus Parvez as Maulana
- Kushboo as Student as part of the excursion group
- Dinesh Thakur as Train Guard
- Jankidas as Train Conductor
- Master Bittoo as Raju
|"Kisi Ke Vaade Pe"||Asha Bhosle|
|"Meri Nazar Hai Tujh Pe, Teri Nazar Hai Mujh Pe"||Asha Bhosle|
|"Pehli Nazar Mein Humne To Apna Dil De Diya Tha"||Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Usha Mangeshkar|
|"Waada, Haan Waada"||Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle|
|"Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Hamara"||Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle|
|"Teri Hai Zameen Tera Aasman"||Padmini Kolhapure, Sushma Shrestha|
|"The Burning Train"||Reprise & Theme|
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