Saturday, July 20, 2013

Trains and filmi romance

Trains and filmi romance
A still from Love Aaj Kal More Pics

Train journeys and stations have more often than not provided a dramatic setting to celluloid, forming the backdrop to crucial climax scenes and romantic rendezvous.

From the iconic scene of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge where Simran's father finally lets her go with the man she loves, to the recent Raanjhanaa, where Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush's adolescent avatars are separated at the Varanasi station, trains have been a perennial fixture in Indian films. Shah Rukh Khan has had his own share of train scenes, be it in Dil Se, where he meets Manisha Koirala at a desolate station on a rainy night, or when he realises he loves Zara ( Preity Zinta) in Veer-Zara. His own DDLJ scene has now been recreated in his upcoming film Chennai Express.
Mumbai's CST and Panvel stations formed the set for a few crucial scenes of the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, and the song Jai Ho was also shot there. The lead pair of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone meet at the station at the beginning of their trekking journey.

Journey by train formed a major motif in Jab We Met, where the lead character Geet likens catching a train to maintaining a balance in life - "Ek ajeebsa darr lag raha tha... jaise kuch galat ho raha hai, jaise koi train chhoot rahi hai," she says when she is in a dilemma about her own feelings. Another Imtiaz Ali film, Love Aaj Kal, went back in time to show trains from the olden days in order to illustrate the old-fashioned love between Saif Ali Khan's Veer Singh and Giselli Monteiro's Harleen Kaur.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: The 'meet cute' (a situation in a film in which a future romantic couple meet) between Ranbir Kapoor and a 'chashmish' Deepika Padukone.

Slumdog Millionaire: Jamal ( Dev Patel) and Latika (Frieda Pinto) cross all hurdles to finally meet at the train station.

Jab We Met: Shahid and Kareena spot a train in Shimla and make an impromptu dash for it, just for fun.

Chennai Express: Evident from its title, the train seems to form an important part of this film's narrative.

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge: Raj finally takes his Simran with him.


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