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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 »

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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


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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Release Date:

20 March 1980 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Horiaci vlak See more »

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B.R. Films,United Producers See more »
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B R Chopra was keen to cast his favorite actress Vidya Sinha in this movie. Except he wanted her to play a 'second class' passenger along with Navin Nischal. The bigger stars played first class passengers. Vidya Sinha rejected the offer. Padmini Kapila lapped it up courtesy her boy friend Navin Nischal. See more »


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Performed by Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar & Usha Mangeshkar
Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
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I love...love...love this movie (and the lead actors too)!!
5 October 2006 | by patobieroSee all my reviews

"The Burning Train" is a very nicely put together, entertaining action thriller. The film is a tribute to India's railways, and to sacrifice and heroism. The sacrifice made by the heroes of the film in trying to save the 'burning train' is nicely mirrored by the sacrifices they make in their personal lives, often with less than happy results.

The movie is also a very satisfying story about relationships (particularly the friendship between Vinod (played by Vinod Khanna) and Ashok (played by Dharmendra), envy, betrayal, redemption - and love.

Dharmendra(whom I love love love - that was 3 loves) and Vinod Khanna (whom I love love - that was 2 loves) are excellent in this movie (as always),putting in brilliant performances. They are very effective and complimentary leads, and they're also quite funny (the scenes where they try to snag their girlfriends by tricking them are great).

Hema Malini is excellent as well (I always love the energy between her and Dharmendra - see the classic 'Sholay', although Malini's character in this movie is very different from Sholay's 'Basanti'). Parveen Babi (in a smaller but very effective role) is good too. There are parallels between their roles and relationship in this movie, and the roles they played in 'Do Aur Do Paanch'. That's not a criticism, though - if it ain't broke, why fix it? I think they make a great pair.

Danny, who plays the villain ('Ranvir') does quite a good villainous face, I must say! With his pitiful 'wannabe great but know I ain't' demeanour (supplemented by even more pitiful hair), you can't help but feel sorry for the guy. Nice portrayal of how a villain can still manage to be really pathetic.

All the other performances (Jeetendra, Neetu Singh and the others - the scene when they all sing on the train is another highlight of the film) are fantastic as well.

The film is really well scripted...it never drags on and maintains a nice brisk pace. It's kept to a nice length as well. I also love the opening scene, which introduces the main characters perfectly. I had to go back and watch it after the movie was over.

The big-budget (for that time) special effects in this movie also deserve a mention. Despite a couple of forgivable poor shots of a model train, the 'burning train' of the movie's title is very realistically portrayed. You almost feel as though you're on the train tracks. Very nice work.

I also have to mention the lovely song sung by Vinod Khanna, Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Parveen Babi near the beginning of the movie (ok, I know it wasn't sung by the actors but by Asha Bhonsle, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar etc, but you know what I mean). Captures the mood perfectly - the bliss of love and friendship (sorry if that's not actually what the song was about - I don't understand Hindi and the song wasn't subtitled - so just guessing here)... just before life (as it usually does) jumps up and bites you in the behind. I love the song and the choreography.

By the way, if you don't like a healthy dose of sentimentality (in which case you probably don't like Bollywood movies in the first place), then this movie is not for you.

Anyhow, I think I've said enough...all that's left to say is this is a great, entertaining movie for the family. It has action, thrills, romance, comedy, everything. I wish there were more like this.

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