The Burning Train

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The Burning Train
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ravi Chopra
Produced by B. R. Chopra
Written by Kamleshwar (dialogues)
Sahir (lyrics)
Screenplay byKamleshwar
Story byRavi Chopra
Starring Dharmendra
Vinod Khanna
Hema Malini
Parveen Babi
Neetu Singh
Music by R. D. Burman
CinematographyDharam Chopra
Edited byR. P. Bapat
S. B. Mane
Pran Mehra
R. K. Studios
Film City
Natraj Studios
Distributed byB. R. Films
United Producers
Shemaroo Video Pvt. Ltd.
Yash Raj Films
Release date
  • 28 March 1980 (1980-03-28)
Running time
182 minutes
Box office₹65 million [1]

The Burning Train is a 1980 Indian Hindi-language action thriller disaster film, produced by B. R. Chopra under the B. R. Films banner and directed by Ravi Chopra. The film featured a huge all-star cast, featuring Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna, Parveen Babi, Jeetendra, Neetu Singh, Vinod Mehra, Navin Nischol and Danny Denzogpa in the pivotal roles and music composed by R. D. Burman.


The plot revolves around a train named the Super Express, that catches fire on its inaugural run from New Delhi to Mumbai. This movie was inspired by an earlier Japanese disaster movie, The Bullet Train (1975). [2] [3] [4] [5] The Burning Train grossed ₹65 million, becoming the seventh highest-grossing Indian film of 1980. [1]


Ashok Singh (Dharmendra), Vinod Verma (Vinod Khanna) and Randhir (Danny Denzongpa) are childhood friends. Ashok is the son of multi-millionaire Seth Dharmdas (Madan Puri) and likes fast cars, whereas Vinod and Randhir are engineers at the Indian Railway Board along with Rakesh (Vinod Mehra) and dream to build the fastest moving train in India. Since boyhood, Randhir is a tetchy and wild and envies Vinod. Meanwhile, Ashok and Vinod fall for Seema (Hema Malini) and Sheetal (Parveen Babi). Randhir also aspires to possess Sheetal, but she pairs with Vinod, and they are blessed with a son, Raju (Master Bittoo), provoking the hostility of Randhir. Suddenly, destiny plays with Ashok, his father faces bankruptcy following his death, Seema deceives him, and forlorn Ashok turns wanderer. At this juncture, the Indian Railway Board approves the fastest-moving train, the Super Express. Here, Vinod, Randhir and Rakesh's designs are finalized, and Vinod prevails whereby malice of Randhir summits. After six years, Vinod triumphs in building the Super Express from Delhi to Bombay in 14 hours. But Vinod's obsession with the train ruins his marriage, so, Sheeatal shoves Raju to her mother in the Super Express and banishes Vinod.

Then, the train begins signing-on many passengers, namely: Raja Ram Mohan (Om Shivpuri) with his wife Padmini (Indrani Mukherjee). A smuggler Chander (Ranjeet) with diamonds and fiancée Razia (Komilla Virk). An undercover cop Ranveer (Sujeet Kumar), disguised as a church father, is behind them. Major P.K. Bhandari (Asrani), a school teacher (Simi Garewal) with students, a Pandit Shambhunath (Rajendra Nath), a Muslim Abdul Rahim (Yunus Parvez), ticketless passengers (Keshto Mukherjee and Paintal) along with Rakesh's pregnant wife. Besides, Seema with her Doctor cousin (Navin Nischol) in addition, Ashok joins in his friend's success, and he is startled to see Seema. Above all, Ravi (Jeetendra), a prowler following Madhu (Neetu Singh), absconding with the jewelry, and on the ride, they fall in love. Randhir removes the vacuum brakes, plants a bomb in the engine and quits the train. Meanwhile, Ashok accompanies him by the presence of Seema and on chat, Randhir reveals his evil plan. Immediately, Ashok rushes and manages to catch the train. But it is too late, and halfway, the bomb explodes, killing the drivers and the train proceeds without breaks. Panic-stricken, Vinod and the railway board desperately try to save the passengers. Thereof, Vinod converses with the passengers through All India Radio , and outlines the method of applying emergency brakes. At present, Ashok, Ravi, and the guard Usman Ali (Dinesh Thakur) make a plucky endeavor towards the engine.

In that chaos, the petrified train cooks fail to switch off the gas. At the same time, Rakesh's wife is under labor, and the doctor asks for hot water when a cook lights and the gas explodes, killing Usman Ali and several passengers. However, Ashok and Ravi barely make it back by erecting some gaps between the burning compartments and the passengers. At the same time, Vinod proposes sending a helicopter to land a person on the engine which voluntarily led by Randhir for sabotage. Anyway, he succeeds but falsifies by announcing his death as the helicopter explodes. Meanwhile, Ashok identifies the reason behind Seema's betrayal is her disability, and they reconcile. Ravi divulges his identity to Madhu, yet, she accepts his love, as well as, Sheetal returns to Vinod and boasts his courage. At Bombay, Rakesh plans to build a steep incline to reduce the speed. Beyond, as an end-run, dauntless Vinod jeopardizes by arriving into the Super Express from one car to another with fireproof suits and dynamite. Soon, Vinod, Ashok, and Ravi cross the fire. Thereafter, Vinod detects that all systems of the engine have failed when Ashok thinks of blasting the couplings of the compartments to the engine. Vinod disagrees as it leads to derailing at such a speed then he favours the incline built by Rakesh. Currently, Ravi backs and instructs passengers to tie themselves to their seats to avoid injury. Vinod and Ashok set up the dynamite towards blast while the train is climbing towards the incline and then jump off the slowing engine. Nevertheless, the engine blasts at Bombay Railway Station but the compartments slow down and halt. Finally, the passengers rejoin their relative's tribute to the soul of India.


Dharmendra Ashok Singh
Vinod Khanna Vinod VermaRailway Mechanical EngineerEmployees of Railways
Vinod Mehra Rakesh
Danny Denzongpa Randhir
Jeetendra RaviTrain Passenger
Navin Nischol Doctor
Hema Malini SeemaAshok's Love Interest
Parveen Babi Sheetal Vinod


Vinod's Love InterestAfter marriage, she becomes Sheetal Vinod Verma
Neetu Singh MadhuTrain passenger and Ravi's Love Interest
Madan Puri Seth Dharamdas SinghAshok's Father
Nazir Hussain VermaVinod's Father
Nana Palshikar Seema's paternal UncleSpecial Appearance and Guest Appearance
Urmila Bhatt Randhir's Mother
Iftekhar Railway Board ChairmanEmployees of Railways
Chandrashekhar Railway divisional manager,Mumbai Zone
Jagdish Raj DangoMotorman of super Express
M.Rajan Jeevanlal
Dinesh Thakur Usman AliTrain Guard
Jankidas Ticket Checker in Super Express
Mac Mohan MacAssistant supervisor under Rakesh
Sujit Kumar RanveerPolice InspectorTrain Passengers (Special Appearances and Guest Appearances)
Ranjeet ChanderSmuggler
Komila Virk RaziaChander's Associate
Asrani P.K.BhandariArmy Colonel
Romesh Sharma Mukesh
Pramila Kapila RituuMukesh's wife
Om Shivpuri Raja Rammohan
Indrani Mukherjee Rani PadminiRaja Rammohan's Wife
Mukri KanhaiyaMarwadi Seth
Shammi Marwadi Seth Wife
Sudha Shivpuri Rakesh Mother-in-Law
Ravindra Kapoor Sardarji Sikh Passenger
Renu Joshi Sardarji Sikh Passenger's Wife
Yunus Parvez Abdul RehmannMaulana
Rajendra Nath ShambhunathPandit
T.P Jain Pathan
Anand Balraj Guy with Guitar who does hooliganism
Asha Sachdev RamkaliQawwal Singer
Simi Garewal School Teacher
Khushbu School student who travels in the group with other students
Paintal Both Ticketless Travellers
Keshto Mukherjee


"Kisi Ke Vaade Pe" Asha Bhosle
"Meri Nazar Hai Tujh Pe, Teri Nazar Hai Mujh Pe"Asha Bhosle
"Pehli Nazar Mein Humne To Apna Dil De Diya Tha" Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Usha Mangeshkar
"Waada, Haan Waada"Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
"Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Hamara"Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
"Teri Hai Zameen Tera Aasman" Padmini Kolhapure, Sushma Shrestha
"The Burning Train"Reprise & Theme


The song “Bang Bang” by Pete Cannon which was used for the advert of 2018 Apple iPhone X, samples the music from "Meri Nazar Hai Tujh Pe". [6] [7] [8]

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