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The Burning Train (1980)

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


Ravi Chopra


Ravi Chopra (story), Kamleshwar (dialogue) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dharmendra ... Ashok
Vinod Khanna ... Vinod Verma
Jeetendra ... Ravi
Vinod Mehra ... Rakesh
Hema Malini ... Seema
Parveen Babi ... Mrs. Sheetal Vinod Verma
Simi Garewal ... School-teacher
Navin Nischol ... Doctor
Danny Denzongpa ... Randhir
Neetu Singh ... 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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Asha Bhonsle, while recording the song meri nazar hai tujpe as she had to sing both, in western cabaret style and in indian classical and every time the song keeps changing from indian to western style. Asha Bhosle had hard time and it was difficult to sing toghether in both style for Hema Malini and Parveen Babi and it took time for R.D.Burman to get satisfied and in those days there were technology for singing seperatly then to mix toghether. Asha Bhosle sang as it was heard, this song was first of its kind and Asha Bhosle singing was great. It was not an easy song to render See more »


References Munimji (1955) See more »


Kisi Ke Vaade Pe Kyun Aetbaar Hamne Kiya
Performed by Asha Bhosle
Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
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One of the greatest entertainers
14 July 2006 | by roysidSee all my reviews

One of the classics, this movie remains much ahead of it's times by it's visualization and special effects. A multi-starrer in which the central theme in neither love-story nor revenge story but rather about a burning train. A very well done disaster movie.

Ashok(Dharmendra) and Vinod(Vinod Khanna) are two friends. Ashok is engaged with Seema(Hema Malini) and Vinod is married with Sheetal(Parveen Bobby).

Vinod has dreams of building a a super fast train which will cover the distance between Delhi and Bombay(Mumbai) withing 12 hours(That too in 1980).Rajdhani currently takes 16.5 hours at best. And he wins the tender from Indian Railways to build the fastest train. He asks the two tender losers Ranjeet(Danny) and Rakesh(Vinod Mehra) to help him. But Ranjeet has some sinister plans in mind.

Meanwhile Ashok's life is in a mess. His father failed in business and committed suicide. His fiancée Seema has broke the engagement.

Six years passed by. The train is built. Vinod's marriage with Sheetal is almost falling apart because of Vinod's full devotion to the train.

The maiden journey of the train starts at Delhi. Enter a vast range of characters as passengars, a smuggler, a priest, a mullah, a cbi officer, a dancer etc. The 3rd hero, a small time crook Ravi(Jitendra) meets his love Neetu Singh on the train.

Ashok is also on the train . But he sees Seema in the train, gets so disturbed that he gets down at Agra. Meanwhile Ranjeet has removed the brakes and placed bombs in the train and has got down in Agra.

Ashok and Ranjeet meet in a bar in Agra and Ashok learns about the bomb. He rushes back to the train to save it. The train's brake has failed and only desperate measures can now save it.

Ashok learns now that Seema's leg is amputated and that's why she broke the engagement. Meanwhile in the chaos, fire spreads, the train burns and hence the name "The Burning train".

The rest of the movie is a struggle by everyone, particularly by Ashok, Vinod and Ravi to prevent the disaster from happening.

See the movie..it's worth a watch.

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20 March 1980 (India) See more »

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