Mehfil announces the month of ‘Train Songs’

Trains, the train tracks, have been an important part of our Hindi cinema. There have been romantic songs on a train, or people separating from each other on a railway platform, singing soulful songs on the train etc. An equally popular scenario is of the hero traveling on the roads and the heroine traveling on a train, their paths following a parallel design.
In many of such ‘train songs’, the whistle of the train, or the clickety clackety (sound generated by the wheels on the rail tracks, the sounds of breaks etc) make a lively and lovely appearance in the orchestration. And that sounds very exciting and melodious. Though the rhythm isn’t as infectious as the tonga beats, it does sound interesting. In fact, the idea of train songs popped up in my mind, when I was working on my list of songs with Tonga beats.


There are other aspects as far as the trains in the Hindi cinema are concerned. A few of the films have been shot on a train to a major extent, or at least some part of the film is shot on a train or a platform. The films, Railway Platform, The Burning Train or the more recent one, Chennai Express can be cited as examples.

If I talk about books, How can I forgot Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. What a wonderfully crafted story, it revolves entirely around the passengers of the Orient Express and the story actually happens on the train almost entirely. And how brilliantly Poirot solves the murder mystery! I am sure you have read it if you are an Agatha Christie fan like me. In fact some of her other novels like ‘4.50 from Paddington’ and ‘The ABC murders’ also have a backdrop of trains and train stations. These novels are wonderful too and who could forget the magical Hogwarts Express and platform 9 and 3/4 in the Harry Potter novels. Oh! I digress.

Let’s go back to Hindi cinema, the railways have been used in the backdrop in a significant way in the story and more so in film songs.
But, I won’t go into the technical details of a train or the evolution and history of the trains in India or the World.

I was working on this theme for a long time. Though it is a relatively common place theme, my interest and enthusiasm didn’t shake. I was determined to have my own list. While I was collecting the songs and going through various sources, I could collect a long list of songs. And by now, most of the readers know, I’m very bad at shortlisting the songs. I want all my favourites to appear on the list. This time as well, the same story continued.

Finally when I saw my list of songs, I thought of categorising them in two groups. The thing that remains common is that the song has to be picturised on a running train. Let me explain how I categorised the songs.

The first group of songs would have the train rhythm in the orchestration of the song and it has to be picturised on a running train.
The second group of songs would be of course picturised on a running train, but have no train rhythm to support it.

More about the groups in subsequent posts, where I would post the songs pertaining to the category. It would be a series of posts, spread across the entire month.

Today as I announce the beginning of the month of the train songs, I intend to post a few songs that I couldn’t fit in either of the mentioned categories. The songs would have some connection with the railways, the railway platform or the train rhythm. I’ve also included a few of the popular or interesting train scenes from Hindi films.

Before you start yawning, as I am inclined to long prologues, let me start the list.

Ye Rail Hamare Ghar Ki – Station Master (1942) Rajkumari, Prem Adib & Chorus / Naushad – P L Santoshi
What else could be the best song to start the list? The movie Station Master obviously revolves around the life of a station master. His daughter, Usha (Ratnamala) is in love with Prem Adib, who plays the train guard. A part of the song is sung by the Chorus. It’s a cute and fun song. The lyrics are also related to the terms used on a railway platform. The song has a train rhythm, though it’s not picturised on a running train. I took it as a perfect song to open the list.

Jawani Ki Rail Chali Jaye Re – Shehnai (1947) Amirbai Karnataki, Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar & Chitalkar / C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi
I included the song on the list as it’s a stage performance in a fair and not picturised on actual train, though the song has a train rhythm for the majority of the part. It’s quite a popular song and has a very catchy tune. I wonder why there are four dancers, when only three of them have separate verses to sing. Rehana lip syncs to Amirbai’s voice, while Geeta Dutt lends her voice for Dulari. I couldn’t recognize the actress Lata Mangeshkar sings for. She’s perhaps an extra dancer. The song holds historical place being the first, Lata Mangeshkar sang for C Ramchandra. She was an upcoming singer and her thin voice was in total contrast with the heavy voices the era was popular for.

Dil Ka Yeh Engine Seetiyan Mare – Ustad Pedro (1951) Chitalkar & Lata Mangeshkar / C Ramchandra – Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
A fun song, very much enjoyable. Talks about the engine of heart whistling for its beloved. It uses plenty of train related things, and has whistling of the train too. It’s a little surprising that Lata Mangeshkar sang the song, I mean the language is somewhat slang. Similarly, not a type of song, one would expect from Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. Second song by C Ramchandra on the list. His films always had such naughty light hearted songs, at least in the late 40s and the early 50s. While Shamshad Begum used to be his choice for such songs, slowly even for these songs, he started calling Lata Mangeshkar.

Basti Basti Parbat Parbat Gaata Jaye Banjara – Railway Platform (1955) Rafi / Madan Mohan – Sahir
Though in the end, we come to know that, Manmohan Krishna sings it seated in a train compartment, most of it focuses on the railway tracks. It’s actually a credits song. The film is also picturised on a running train and it confines to the train, railway platform for a long period of time.

Railgadi Railgadi – Aashirwad (1968) Ashok Kumar  / Vasant Desai – Harindranath Chatopadhay

I was about to miss the song, but remembered in time. How I could have missed it. A fun song sung in rap like fashion by Ashok Kumar. Nearly breathless rendition. He seems to enjoy himself, while singing as well as during the shoot. The song has train rhythm, a catchy one, and a number of names of various train stations. Enjoy!

Deewana Dil Deewana – Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994) Amit Kumar & Udit Narayan / Jatin Lalit – Majrooh
The song is sung by Shah Rukh Khan and Deepak Tijori, both are in love with Suchitra Krishnamurthy and want to escort her from the railway station. A small part of the song is also picturised on Vasco Da Gama station. There are scenes of a train traveling through beautiful scenery and luscious green trees and shrubs.

Do Pal Ruka Khwabon Ka Karwan – Veer Zaara (2004) Lata Mangeshkar & Sonu Nigam / Madan Mohan (recreated by Sanjeev Kohli) – Javed Akhtar
Veer and Zaara fall in love, but as he confesses his love to her, they are confronted with Zaara’s fiancé and they get separated. They separate on a railway platform, where she gets back to Lahore in Pakistan. Though not full, at least half of the song is picturised on the platform.

Now a few memorable, interesting or important scenes from Hindi films (barring one scene), which have a thread of railways either directly or in some way or the other. The scenes are arranged in chronological order. So let’s begin.

1. The Train scene from Main Chup Rahungi (1962)
A train scene portraying the first meeting of hero and heroine. Meena Kumari gets a ticket for the third class compartment, but she has to catch the train in a hurry and accidentally lands up in the first class carriage, where she meets handsome Sunil Dutt. Though she’s a little embarrassed, Sunil Dutt at once falls for her. He lies about himself. Though she is also attracted to him, she doesn’t reveal it. A very cute train scene. Not shot on a real train, fully on a studio set.

2. Railway Platform scene from Grihasthi (1963)
Mehmood bids farewell to his friend, who has boarded a train. While Mehmood wants to show what he can do, he whistles loudly that actually sets the train moving. The train guard fails to catch it, cursing the man responsible for it. Incidentally a few other people fail to catch the train as well. It is revealed later on that the men are actually thieves trying to run away from the policemen. But they are caught ultimately. So while Mehmood behaves mischievously, he indirectly helps to catch thieves. The scene is a mixture of real outdoor platform scenes and the scenes shot on a set.

3. The popular train scene from Pakeezah (1972)
As opposed to the first scene on the list, where the lead pair meets in a train compartment with each other, the hero gets just a glimpse of the heroine’s face in this instance. But he is fascinated with her elegant feet. So he writes, “आपके पाॅंव देखे, बहोत हसीं हैं, इन्हें जमीं पे मत उतारिएगा, मैले हो जाएंगे”
She doesn’t know who he is, but she is very much interested in her secret admirer. It’s an iconic train scene. The hero accidentally lands up in the compartment, but he behaves as if he is in his own compartment. Here as well, the train is not the real one.

4. The Railway track fight scene from Sholey (1975)
I had nearly forgotten about this scene when it suddenly popped up on YouTube, where I was searching for the train scenes. As I was searching for scenes of different moods or shades, it was an apt scene for the list. Thakur’s first encounter with Veeru and Jai. The former is searching for courageous men, when he remembers the incident. The two of them not only clear up the goons’ attack, but also save Thakur’s life by admitting him in a hospital, without thinking of their own fate. So this scene forms an important part of the narrative of the movie. It is excellently shot on a real running train and the action sequences are good too. Good use of different camera angles, and good locations. The rail tracks run through a deserted area, hardly a few cactus plants near the track, though we occassionally see ponds. In all, an impressive scene.

5. The climax scene from The Burning Train (1980)
More than half of the film was shot on a running train, in cooperation with the Indian railways. The story is about an express train that is set on fire by a few negative elements in society. The climax scene is shot on a couple of trains running parallel to each other. It was a multistarrer movie, with a big list of film stars making appearances on the silver screen. Dharmendra, Jitendra, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh, Simmi Garewal, Danny Denzongpa, etc. Though it’s not very impressive throughout, (a few scenes actually using a miniature set of the railway track and train, which we can clearly make out) it’s worth watching once.

6. The Train scene from Gandhi (1982)
This scene portrays one of the most important incidents in Mahatma Gandhi’s life. And it changed Gandhi’s life forever, in fact it led to the legend that he later became. So it was a must for today’s list, though not belonging to a Hindi film. On 7 June 1893, while the young Mahatma Gandhi was on his way to Pretoria, a white man objected to Gandhi’s presence in a first-class carriage. Despite Gandhi having a first-class ticket, he was ordered by the conductor to move. Gandhi refused, and he was literally thrown out of the train at Pietermaritzburg. A total injustice it was.
He had to spend the entire night, shivering on the platform. Gandhi made the decision to stay on in South Africa and fight the racial discrimination against Indians there. His non violent protest campaign started from this incident. So the historical scene is a part of today’s post.

7. The Iconic Platform scene from DDLJ (1995)
The clip combines both the railway platform scenes from DDLJ. The first time, in London, when Kajol is about to miss her train, Shah Rukh Khan helps her get on the train. During the Europe trip they fall in love, but Kajol is already engaged to her father’s friend’s son. During the climax of the movie, we again encounter a similar scenario. This time after a melodrama, Kajol’s father allows her to follow her heart and she reunites with Shah Rukh Khan. Again he helps her to catch the train. It’s a memorable scene from the movie. Today’s list would have been incomplete without it.

8. Anjali leaves the college, railway platform scene from Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai (1998)
When Anjali realises that Raj and Tina love each other but she herself loves Raj to bits so she decides to leave the college for good. Raj is obviously upset about it, but his attempts to persuade her to stay fail. Anjali goes away. But Tina realises the deep friendship between the two. It’s one of the emotional scenes of the movie.

9. Comedy scene from Chennai express (2013)
I liked the movie and the way the comedy is handled throughout the movie by Rohit Shetty. The train traveling to Chennai forms an important part of the movie. This scene depicts the ‘musical’ conversation between Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. She conveys her messages to him by singing. She uses Hindi film songs as templates because the men who kidnapped her don’t understand Hindi. Quite a fun to watch.

Please share your favourite train scenes from Hindi films. There are many, I know.

Disclaimer –
Mehfil Mein Meri, claims no credit for any image, screenshots or songs posted on this site. Images on this blog are posted to make the text interesting. The images and screenshots are the copyright of their original owners. The song links are shared from YouTube, only for the listening convenience of music lovers. The copyright of these songs rests with the respective owners, producers and music companies.

37 Replies to “Mehfil announces the month of ‘Train Songs’”

  1. Dear Anup ji,

    It is good that you have slotted a time frame of one month for the Post. That’ll give “old foggies” like me enough time to dig up from memory.

    [ And really enjoyed the “Prologue”, it serves as a starter to a delicious meal ]

    If you are going back in time, you may like to consider these two songs from 1942, with some of my notes.

    To open this Series, we simply cannot ignore these two songs, which must surely be the forerunners of many to come later :


    (आयी बहार….from “DOCTOR”, 1941)

    and


    (तूफ़ान मेल…..from “JAWAB”, 1942)
    [ this Film was made in Bangla as “SHESH UTTAR”. Unfortunately, only the Video of the Bangla Song is available, which the uploader has used, hence the mismatch of the lip movements to the words of the song]

    As we all know, there were two trains back then, “Toofan Mail” and “Toofan Express”. Both were operating between Howrah and Delhi, the “Mail” by the Grand Chord and the “Express” by the Main Line. For those not in the know, the Grand Chord was inaugurated by Lord Minto, then Viceroy, in 1906 and was meant to reduce the travelling time between Calcutta and Delhi. In those early days, the Viceroys took great personal interest in the expansion of the Railway Network in India.

    As some of you may be aware, what is known in India as BROAD GAUGE is unique to India, no other Country has this Track width of 5′-6″ (1676 mm).

    It was an executive decision by then Viceroy, Lord Dalhousie in 1850. Why did Lord Dalhousie opt for Broad Gauge?

    The story goes that the Viceroy was on a coach on the trial run of the SG track (SG is used in England). Due to the windy condition prevailing the coach was swaying from side to side and the Lord could not put his lips to his glass of Scotch. He was furious and demanded an explanation from the Engineers. They suggested that the Coach would be more stable if the tracks were wider apart. What was the next bigger size? Someone suggested the Irish were using 5′-3″. “We’ll go one better, make it 5′-6”, he decreed, and so it has been, since 1850. The Broad Gauge is often called the “Indian Gauge”.

    The “Toofan Express” was withdrawn from Service in May 2020.

    The “Toofan Mail” which was then the fastest train in India, faster than the Kalka Mail, was withdrawn sometime in the late ’50s after a massive crash in which many lives were lost.

    More comments later. We have a month!

    With warm regards

    PARTHA CHANDA

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    1. Partha ji,
      Your comment was in the spam folder for unknown reasons and hence couldn’t make appearance earlier. Sorry for that! WordPress at times sends comments in spam for reasons I couldn’t get.
      Anyways,
      Thanks a lot for providing insight into the trains of earlier period. I wasn’t ware of the interesting history of broad gauge, So thank you.
      And thanks for particularly liking the prologue. I always think my prologues are a bit too long and may make people yawn before they reach the main list. But now I’m a bit confident after getting a nod of approval from a veteran like you.
      Coming to the songs mentioned by you.
      I have no idea how I managed to forget an iconic song like Duniya Ye Duniya Toofan Mail. I knew, my brain was lazy, but it seems it’s also clumsy and hazy of late. (writing it with a heavy heart and hundreds of sighs of repentance)
      It’s a perfect fit obviously!
      But, the second song has a train rhythm and picturised on a running train. It will feature on the next list, which would be published next Tuesday.

      Thank you again for starting the comments section with your excellent write up.
      🙂

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  2. Anupji, what a lovely theme! There are so many memories that all of us have as far as trains are concerned. Jab We Met was a movie that had some memorable scenes on the train, though they could have been shot in a more technically sound manner.
    There is a song from the movie Mashaal(1984) – Mujhe Tum Yaad Karna -that is shot in a stationary train and on the tracks. It is a personal favourite. Anil Kapoor and Rati Agnihotri have done a fabulous job.
    I am not sure if this could fit into your category of songs.

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    1. Thank you Anitaji for the appreciation. I agree, we all have a lot of memories from childhood or adulthood related to trains.
      Alas! A train journey appears like a dream in this lockdown period. It’s really hard now to believe that we used to travel in an overcrowded train for hours together. And what fun it used to be listening to the train’s whistle and train’s rhythmic sounds.
      The song from Mashal of course fits on the list. Let me add the link.

      And, I was sure someone would mention the raliway scenes from Jab We Met.
      Let’s enjoy a couple of the scenes.


      Kareena manages to catch the train carrying a lot of luggage and talking continuously as she gets up finally. Kareena was excellent in the movie.


      Kareena manages to miss the train after getting down for drinking water.

      Enjoy! 🙂

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  3. Besides my own recollections of train journeys, trains always remind me of the partition of India. Those grainy b&w images of people herded together always bring a lump to my throat. What bloodthirsty times!

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    1. Yes, I had forgotten about this aspect of the train travel. Watching those videos is a different experience.
      Lots of misery, and helplessness. Many families had to run to India with just a handful of belongings. Many people lost their beloved, lost their property, lost everything they had!

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      1. ‘Many’ seems to be such an understatement, “Millions’ would be a better. And on both sides of the arbitrary created border by Radcliffe sahib who spent a couple of days on the subcontinent and then flew away.

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  4. I’m looking forward to this month of train songs! Here is one ‘train song’ which – like the song from Aashirwaad – isn’t set on a train, but is about trains. Chhuk-chhuk rail chali from Sone ki Chidiya:

    As for my favourite scenes, one of the most touching I’ve seen is the end scene from Anupama, where Tarun Bose’s character watches as his daughter goes away on a train. Tarun Bose’s acting here is superb:

    And there is the final scene of Jab-Jab Phool Khile, which is not otherwise out of the ordinary, but has an interesting back story to it:

    The director Suraj Prakash had instructed Shashi Kapoor to wait till the very end of the platform to scoop Nanda up from the station – and Shashi did! He waited till so late that Suraj Prakash got unnerved, and so scared that Shashi would drop her and she would fall under the train, that he looked away. So that last bit, with Shashi lifting Nanda into the train, has been done by a camera with no director looking on. 🙂

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    1. Madhuji!
      I hope I won’t disappoint you! there are four more parts to go spread across the month and I pray to God, it would be an entertaining and interesting series.
      I had thought of the song from Sone Ki Chidiya. But except for the initial line of the mukhda, the song has nothing to do with trains. Also, It has no train rhythm. So I skipped it.
      Thanks for sharing the interesting scenes from Anupama and Jab Jab Phool Khile.
      The first scene is really heart touching as far as Tarun Bose’s acting is concerned. And it’s so good to see Shashikala not playing a vamp. She was so natural.
      The second scene is good too when we watch it after reading the backstory.
      It seems it was shot on a real location than on a set.
      🙂

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    1. Oh yes!
      Parthaji mentioned it already, but his comment was in spam folder. So wasn’t visible earlier.
      As I said already, I’m wondering how did I manage to forget the landmark song?
      How Brilliant of me! (writing it after hitting my head on the wall for several times!)
      😦

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  5. Nice theme, Anupji. I have to add this one, with the train whistle playing a huge part in the music –

    Dhanno ki aankhon mein raat ka surma from Kitab
    and

    Haathon ki chand lakeeron ka from Vidhaata.

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    1. Thank you Anuji for visiting.
      The songs you shared would fit in the forthcoming parts of the series. As the songs have a train rhythm and these are picturised on a running train. These categories would be covered later this month. The first part was about the songs which I couldn’t fit in those categories and a few train scenes.

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  6. n excleeDr. Anup,
    What an excellent plan to have an entire month dedicated to Train songs!!
    Looking forward to the two groups of songs that you have mentioned.

    Talking of train based movies, reminded me of the poignant film on the Partition “Train to Pakistan” (1998) which was based on Khushwant Singh’s novel.

    The Rajesh-Nanda starrer The Train (1970) was also an enjoyable thriller with a peppy musical score where the train and the train compartment played major roles!!

    You have posted some nice train scenes. Here are a couple more:

    1. The train compartment scene with Shammi, Asha and the fat guy in Teesri Manzil 1966

    2. The last scene of Bodyguard 2011

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    1. Dr Rajesh,
      Thank you for the appreciation. I’m glad readers found it interesting.
      Thank you for mentioning a couple of films which were related to trains. I do remember hearing about ‘Train To Pakistan’, though I haven’t watched it.
      The train scenes are interesting. I haven’t watched Bodyguard, so wasn’t aware of it.
      🙂

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  7. And some songs. Hope they fit!!

    1. Main hoon jhum jhum jhumroo – Jhumroo 1961 – It is a credits song and we don’t see he singer t all, as the song focusses on Madhubala and the train moving ahead!!

    2. Saari duniya ka bojh hum uthate hai – Coolie 1983

    3. Raja tere raste se hat jaoongi – Ab Ayega Maza 1984 – Lata singing for Anand Milind

    4. Disco station disco – Hathkadi 1982

    5. jeenewalo Jeevan chuk chuk gadi ka hai khel – Akayla 1991

    6. Jai ho – Slumdog Millionaire 2008

    7. Subah ki train – Toilet Ek Prem Katha

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    1. Oh!
      Ranganji,
      I’m so sorry, but I couldn’t find it in spam folder. It seems it really disappeared. wordpress sometimes offers such wonders!

      If you remember the comment, please try to post it again.
      Thank you

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  8. Hello sir, half of the songs are so old that i didnt even know they existed 😉. I didn’t know that you are going to include movie scenes also. I would like to add “Chhaiya chhaiya” because it has the train’s rhythm im the orchestration inculcated very well by A.R.Rahman. Also for your next post i would like to add “cham cham” from baaghi, “Rani tu mai raja” from Son of sardar and “Train song” from Gully boy.

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    1. Akash,
      Thank you for dropping the comment. I know many of the songs would be unknown to you.
      About the songs you’ve added,
      Chhaiyan Chhaiyan would feature on a later part. Today’s post was for the songs I couldn’t fit in my either of the criteria.
      So the other three songs actually fit the theme of this post itself.
      Let me add the links,

      Chham Chham Chham

      Son of Sardar – Raja Rani

      train song from Gully boy

      Thank you for commenting.
      Keep visiting.
      🙂

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    1. Yes,
      That’s quite an interesting variation Ashok Ji. The singing person is not in the train, but someone is there in the train away from the singing character. The song has train rhythm in the interludes when KK is shown traveling in the train.
      Thank you for sharing the song.
      🙂

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  9. Anupji,
    Sorry, boarding the train when the train is about reach its destination.
    Although the subject had appeared earlier in other blogs, yet I would commend your fresh approach to theme. Your curtain raiser was short and crisp, a glimpse into the role of trains/railways in films and fictions. On a lighter note, it was akin to a good tea/ coffee, but you could have offered us some snacks, if not a hearty breakfast or sumptuous lunch.

    After I became the member of the Covidians, I think, my thought process has somewhat slowed down and same with my energy level. Well, as I understand, this part covers songs which have “some connection with the railways, the railway platform or the train rhythm and popular or interesting train scenes from Hindi films”. I will try not to transgress outside the boundaries set by you. The seven songs presented by you were good and I was less familiar with the last song.

    Presenting a song which describes the enthralling effect the trains has on a child’s mind. Two third of the song is on train…….. Although there is no train (except for a toy train’s brief appearance), no platform, but has the rhythm of a train and all the ingredients that are expected in train song. Hope it fits the theme of this part.
    Bhabhi Aayi Bhabhi Aayi, Usha Mangeshkar, Subah Ka Tara (1954), Noor Lucknawi, C Ramchandra

    Very rarely one finds such lyrics that too in this millennium.
    Tu kisi rail si guzarti hai
    Tu kisi rail si guzarti hai
    Main kisi pul sa thartharata hun
    The lyrics were adapted from a poem by Dushyant Kumar (Tyagi).
    Singer: Swanand Kirkire, Masan (2015), lyrics Varun Grover, music Indian Ocean

    Hope both the songs will get your approval. Will be back soon with more…………………..

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    1. Welcome Back Venkataramanji,
      I’m sure not only me but some of the readers would also be happy on your return.
      And, please take rest and take care. Being a doctor I’ve worked in Covid wards and have seen patients’ sufferings.
      Have adequate rest.
      But, your memory and sharpness are obviously the same. You have correctly picked up the theme for today’s post.
      As I was a little busy I couldn’t write an expected prologue and couldn’t touch some of the aspects. I agree.
      And,
      Both the songs you’ve suggested fit perfectly.
      The song from Subah Ka Taara is Usha Mangeshkar’s first song in Hindi films and I had opened my post on her solos with this one. Still I failed to recollect it for this post.
      And, loved the one from Masan.
      It’s a good one and with a bit unusual lyrics.
      And the video made me sad! Not because it was bad, but we are missing all those happy moments with our friends. The fairs, the overcrowded streets, and so on………………….
      Was it really a part of our lives once?
      I really wonder now!
      Returning to the old days would take a few more months, may be a year too!

      Anyways, before I get into a serious conversation, I should end it.
      Welcome back again! I’m so very happy to read your comment!
      🙂

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  10. Anupji,
    Thank you for your concern and reassuring words.
    Glad that both the songs posted by me found your approval.
    I understand and agree with your sentiments. Hope thing will back to normal soon.
    Train and railways has been a fascinating subject and so are train songs.
    Although I had a quick ‘safar’ through the four posts on the theme, I intend to visit them at my own pace, on and off. I hope it is OK.
    Posting a song from the 1967 film Deewana. Raj Kapoor (lyp synching to Mukesh) renders the song on the platform, as Saira Banu’s train leaves Pritampur platform and meanders through the country side towards her destination. Hope this song too fits the bill
    Tumhari Bhi Jai Jai

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    1. ” Although I had a quick ‘safar’ through the four posts on the theme, I intend to visit them at my own pace, on and off. I hope it is OK”

      Oh yes!
      It’s absolutely fine!
      🙂

      About the song,
      Yes,
      The song from Deewana fits well. Thank you for adding the song.
      And, let’s hope this depressive phase gets over soon.
      🙂

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  11. Anupji,
    Your second section of this post is on few interesting or important scenes from films which have a thread of railways either directly or in some way or the other. I would like to mention a film where a lion’s share of the film can be bracketed under this category. This film should find a place in your post.

    Perhaps no other film has squeezed dry the metaphorical possibilities of train travel as this black-and-white classic. And perhaps no other movie has recorded the rhythms of railway travel as memorably as 27 Down. It won the National Award for the Best Hindi film of the year 1973 and also the Best Cinematography Award. It was the only movie made by Avtar Krishna Kaul. He died in a drowning accident on July 20, 1974, on the day the National Awards were announced.

    The film is based on the story by Hindi writer Ramesh Bakshi’s 1966 novel Athara Sooraj Ke Paudhe. The cast includes MK Raina as Sanjay, a Railway ticket checker, and Raakhee as Shalini, a Life Insurance Corporation employee. The title refers to a long-distance train that takes Sanjay to Varanasi. Events in Sanjay’s life, major and minor are influenced by railways. He is born on a train between stations; his father is a locomotive driver. He first meets his future girlfriend in a railway compartment, and their romance includes train dates.

    The film is available in four parts in Dailymotion.

    There is one song in this film which I think will fit the theme of this part.
    Since the song is not available in YT or elsewhere, I am posting the first part of the film where you will find the 3 minutes song, rendered by Pandit Ravi Kichlu, at 12:06. And right from the title credits you will find trains, platforms, rail lines, engines and everything connected with the railways.

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    1. Thank you Venkatraman ji for introducing me to the film. I was not aware of this one. It sounds interesting. Have you watched it?
      The song is not a conventional one! It’s there in parts and has a cute train rhythm. I guess the story revolves around the boy and his relationship with his father, who’s a locomotive driver. And as you said, train forms an important part of the movie, it’s there in every frame, nearly every scene.
      Thank you for your insightful comment. I will look for the movie, once I get time.
      🙂

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