Ahead of Jawan: 7 Iconic Shah Rukh Khan Train Sequences

Sharanya Kumar

Jawan dancing in the metro

When the Jawan prevue dropped, the internet was immediately obsessed with Shah Rukh Khan’s little jig inside a crowded metro coach. His playful dance to the 1962 song ‘Bekarar Karke Hume Yun Na Jaiye’ by Hemant Kumar spawned countless memes and heightened excitement for the film's release in September.

The Chaiyya Chaiyya train sequence

Featured in the soundtrack of the 1998 film Dil Se, this song was an overnight hit and has now gained a massive cult following. We see Shah Rukh Khan dancing on the roof of a moving train with Malaika Arora Khan and a number of folk dancers. The memorable sequence was filmed on an Ooty train, with no camera tricks or special effects.

DDLJ and Trains

Raj and Simran’s momentous first encounter in Dilwale Dil Le Jayenge happens on a train. It is only fitting that the film ends with the happy couple on a train. Simran finally receives approval from her father and races after a moving train, as Raj extends his hand to pull her in. The exhilarating climactic scene is a truly iconic moment in Hindi cinema.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

In Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Shah Rukh Khan’s Rahul reluctantly says goodbye to his childhood best friend Anjali (Kajol) as she leaves in a train. He chases after the train, ultimately catching Anjali’s red dupatta as it flies towards him. It is a moving scene that is made even more special when their love story is finally realised at the end of the film.

The Chennai Express train sequence

In an affectionate homage to the ending scene of DDLJ, Shah Rukh Khan’s character in Chennai Express extends his hand to help a beautiful stranger (Deepika Padukone) board a moving train. He unexpectedly finds himself also helping aboard the aggressive goons who are pursuing her. As the name of the film suggests, this train ride ends up changing his life in the best way.

Ra. One on the Mumbai Local

This superhero film stars Shah Rukh Khan as both a brilliant game designer and the protagonist of one of his video games. Ra. One was praised for its action sequences, one of which features Shah Rukh Khan as G. One fighting the bad guys on a Mumbai local.

Pathaan’s train fight feat. Tiger

Theatres erupted in cheers when Salman Khan’s Tiger showed up to help Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan during a brutal fight scene set in (and later on) a train winding through the mountains of Russia. Tunnels blow up and helicopters go crashing as the iconic secret agent duo hold their own against a small army of fighters.

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