A dedicated railway employee's plan to introduce an express train result in sabotage.

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Vinod Khanna ...
Vinod Verma
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Thief
Vinod Mehra ...
Rakesh
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Seema
Parveen Babi ...
Mrs. Sheetal Vinod Verma
Simi Garewal ...
School-teacher
Navin Nischol ...
Doctor
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Madhu
Sujit Kumar ...
Catholic Priest / Police Inspector Ranbir
Ranjeet ...
Chander
Iftekhar ...
Railway Board Chair Jagmohan
Nasir Hussain ...
Mr. Verma (Vinod's dad)
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Madhu's dad
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Vinod Verma always dreams of creating the perfect and fastest train running in India. He will find his dream shaping up when he became an employee of Indian Railways and his plan is being executed; it took him years of hard work and dedication, in-and-out at night and day. After six years the train is finally completed and is called, 'Super Express'. The inaugural of the train will be from Delhi to Bombay with a record speed of 14 hours. In view of the progress Vinod had made during the past six years he had developed many enemies - one of whom is the son of the chair of the railway board Randhir who had a bomb planted in the train risking the lives of about 500 passengers. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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B.R.Chopra had started this big budget film for his son and at that period B.R.Chopra, had directed 3 quickies and low budget films like Karm, Pati Patni Aur Woh & Insaaf Ka Tarazu. See more »

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Teri Nazar Hai Mujpe, Meri Nazar Hai Tujpe
Performed by Asha Bhosle
Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
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It would be a great remake
6 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

I think this movie was ahead of its time, and would be a great film to remake with current technology and sensibility. It is a flawed film, and many of these flaws are due to its 80 Bollywood tropes, but it has a lot of plus points which are still impressive in 2016. I will mention them first before I discuss the flaws:

Great character drama. The train is full of all sorts of different kinds of characters, funny, quirky, sexy, angry, criminal, religious, young, old, family, couples, single, and the interactions between them make for very entertaining drama. Think of a road trip movie, except on a train with a myriad of characters.

Great screenplay. Except for the speedbreakers at the start, once the journey on the train begins the screenplay packs a lot of interesting situations and turns of events that keep the journey interesting; the initial character introductions and banter, the realization the breaks have failed, the train catching fire, the attempts by the passengers to save themselves, the frantic efforts by the railway officials to come up with ideas to save the train racing against time. There is never really a dull moment.

Great action. I would not have thought an 80's Bollywood movie would have had such technical finesse. The fast moving burning train actually looks real, the interiors look real, you actually feel like it was shot in an actual train(I am sure some portions were) The parts where some of the characters climb out of the moving train and then try to get to the next cabin by going across the windows or running on the top of the train looks like they really did it. The pyrotechnics are on par with 80's Hollywood. It is evident that this was a big budget movie for its time and it is executed with the same professionalism as similar disaster movies like Towering Inferno.

Great acting. Aside from the 80's acting style, another layer of realism is added by the reactions of the passengers to the impending doom, the desperation to survive and amidst all the mayhem to maintain their humanity. Vinod Khanna as the train's engineer particularly is notable and very handsome, you do wonder why the gene was not passed on to Akshay Khanna.

Now I will begin with the cons:

Takes time to start. The initial half hour is about introducing the leads and their love interests, and there are a couple of unnecessary songs. In fact the only song that really works in the movie is the lone song on the train between all the characters to entertain themselves on the journey. This actually can happen on Indian trains.

Female characters are weak. This is 80's patriarchal Bollywood when feminism had not really taken off yet, and it is evident here as the female characters have little personality and just react to their male counterparts.

At times OTT. Another 80's Bollywood staple is the "Disshom" fighting scenes which are cheesy and you have the OTT comic characters, the Johnny livers of their time, like Asrani with their slapstick routines. The villainous characters are one dimensionally bad.

If it was remade today for a contemporary audiences many of these 80's staples should and would be done away, leaving a great disaster movie. There are not many notable Bollywood disaster movies, so this would provide great material for a contemporary one.


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