CHENNAI EXPRESS and significance of trains in SRK films

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Finally King Khan has got a film that seems to be a saga of trains in the form of CHENNAI EXPRESS. Supposedly being shot in Chennai could provide an interesting insight into the manner in which the local trains function in Chennai, and one hopes that it would also provide an interesting milestone in SRK's career.

Indeed, for the common man trains hold a sense of fascination since the childhood and they are in intrinsic part of his existence. No wonder, whenever trains form a part of the cinematic oeuvre it provides an instant connect with the audience. For Shah Rukh Khan trains have been an interesting accompaniment in his acting career and most of the films where trains have been a part of the cinematic scape, have scored hits at the box office. Here's the look at the train moments in SRK cinema:

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JAB TAK HAI JAAN: One would not know whether the romantic set up of JTHJ was an extension from DDLJ but here again the tube train of London was used as a backdrop to create moment of passion in the film and it was also the location for one of the kisses that SRK has done in his acting career for the first time.

RA ONE: SRK took the local trains of Mumbai for his home production to shoot an important scene of the film and owing to the stunning visual effects it has emerged as one of the most important scenes of RA ONE.

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KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA: The existentialist dilemma of leaving a city and his beloved behind, which Shah Rukh goes through and the tumults of emotions that he is experiencing going down memory lane, and meanwhile Rani Mukherjee lands at the station looking for SRK in each of the compartments was one of the most poignant moments of KANK.

VEER ZAARA: The iconic song of VEER ZAARA – DO Pal Ka Khauba karwa- and the drama that unfolds at the railway station formed the binding element for the film. VEER ZARA is probably the first film which was shot on the Attari border in so extensive detail.

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MAIN HOON NA: The chug of the steam engine, the emanating steam and the emergence of SRK from the clouds formed by the steam engine has been one of the most pronounced entries for SRK in a film. It was also for the first time in a film of SRK that a steam engine in India was used to create the ambience.

KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI: The scene where Kajol is going leaving SRK and the exchange of dialogues between both of them was an integral part of the narrative of KKHH, especially the duppata that Kajol hands over to SRK and which the junior Anjali adorns eventually in the film.

DIL SE: SRK on top of the toy train that originates from Ooty serenading Malaika Arora Khan to the thumped beats of Rehman provided the launching base for Malaika Arora Khan to create an identity of an item girl. It is one of the most popular songs ever picturised on a train in Indian cinematic history.

DILWAALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE: The whole film got its momentum in the train, the train journey that SRK and Kajol took, the separation at the station, and SRK's famous dialogue- Palat, as also the climax scene where Kajol is goaded by father Amrish Puri to go with SRK. It indeed was a fantastic saga of trains.

MAYA MEMSAAB: When it dawns on SRK that he has fallen in love with Deepa Sahi he just runs after her in the famous toy train that runs between Shimla and Kalka and the love making scene in the train is one of the most erotic one done in Hindi cinema.

KABHI HAAN KABHI NA: The song where Shah Rukh Khan anticipates arrival of Suchitra Krishnamurthy and belts out Deewana, which has been shot in most of the enchanting locales of Goa is another train songs associated with SRK.

RAJU BAN GAYA GENTLEMAN: As Shah Rukh Khan leaves from Darjeeling leaving his city behind to find his moorings in Mumbai, the memories of city atop the famous Darjeeling train was one of the memorable scenes.

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