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The Most Dangerous Filmi Train Stunts

Last updated on: September 8, 2011 13:21 IST

The Most Dangerous Filmi Train Stunts

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Sukanya Verma in Mumbai

Reel life often inspires real life. We saw that recently when children were caught doing stunts in moving local trains, even as the number of accidents increased.

It's unfair to blame the movies and their train stunts but the stars do the action scenes so brilliantly, they make the stunt look like a cakewalk. The recently released Bodyguard featured its brawny hero Salman Khan swoop off one moving train top to another.

Shah Rukh Khan is all set to do his bit of stunts amidst speeding coaches as Ra.One promos will show you. Force's John Abraham will apparently leap from one goods train to another.

Here's a look at Bollywood's most dangerous train stunts.


Image: A still from Bodyguard

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Sholay

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For a classic full of memorable scenes, this one's simply spectacular. When a large group of bandits attempt to rob a train, also carrying two renowned crooks -- Jai and Veeru (Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra), and a conscientious jailor (Sanjeev Kumar), the latter has no choice but collaborate with his captives in a bid to save the day.

Galloping horses, scrambling dakus, incessant gun firing and whole lot of racy maar-dhaad ensues resulting in one of the coolest action scenes in Bollywood history.

Image: A still from Sholay

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The Burning Train

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Despite the presence of heavyweights like Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Jeetendra, Hema Malini and Parveen Babi, Ravi Chopra's big-budgeted The Burning Train didn't quite garner expected response.

Here's the deal: When a much-hyped super fast train from New Delhi to Mumbai comes under threat courtesy planted explosives, all hell breaks loose. As the title suggests, the multi-starrer projects an elaborate series of volatile action and grand stunts.

Image: A still from The Burning Train

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Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja

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Considered one of the greatest flops of all times, Boney Kapoor's Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja starring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi is best-remembered for all the wrong reasons. 

Giving the devil its due, it does feature an extensive sequence wherein Kapoor, suspended in mid-air from a chopper, aligns himself to a moving freight train while struggling to unlock the door and subsequently steal the diamonds inside the safe.

Image: A still from Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja

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Gadar: Ek Prem Katha

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Only Sunny Deol can stand on top of a running vehicle and bash a dozen goons without ever feeling the slightest imbalance or jerk.

In Anil Sharma's jingoistic partition drama, the powerful Jat unleashes his fury on an entire battalion of the neighbouring country and, ahem, in the neighbouring country.

Image: A still from Gadar: Ek Prem Katha

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Kachche Dhaage

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Long before Milan Luthria was acknowledged for his deft filmmaking skills in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai and, in all probability, The Dirty Picture, the director cast Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan to play step brother who don't get along in Kachche Dhaage.

One of the scenes has the duo, handcuffed, stuck inside a driver-less, moving goods train. While Saif contributes to nothing more than groaning out loud, daring Devgn demonstrates his natural flair for stunts as he gets under the running rail, still handcuffed in a bid to unhook the bogie.

Awesome stuff, this.  

Image: A still from Kachche Dhaage

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Dhoom 2

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In Bollywood, trains and robberies are synonymous with each other.

As the stylish conman, in the middle of a Namibian dessert, looking to pinch a royal jewel, Hrithik Roshan makes a whistle-inducing entry standing tall atop a speeding train, darting off a barrage of bullets and somersaulting his way out in nothing less dramatic than a skateboard.

Image: A still from Dhoom 2

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Luck

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Don't be fooled by his endearingly boyish looks, Imran Khan can be quite a daredevil.

The actor shot some stunning action scenes for Soham Shah's Luck. Though the action caper was a flop, it has Imran doing insane stuff like jumping on a speeding train set on fire.

In an interview, the actor revealed how the flames burned parts of his eyelashes and skin under the eyes, which had to be concealed with make-up to go unnoticed.

Image: A still from Luck

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Rang De Basanti

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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's acclaimed drama works around two parallel plots, the contemporary college students and a slice of history involving Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their equally patriotic accomplices.

One of the sepia-toned flashbacks portrays the famous Kakori train robbery episode with Aamir Khan and Atul Kulkarni engaged in some impressive stuntmanship.

Khan, previously impressed with his dicey sprint on a rail track, seconds before a speeding local train showed up in Ghulam.

Image: A still from Rang De Basanti

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Robot

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Considering Rajnikant's can-do-everything-impossible reputation, it's only fair he can toss in and out of a train with the ease of an elastic band in and as Robot in Shankar's sci-fi fantasy.

And so when a bunch of creeps eve tease Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the man runs faster than a moving train, on a moving train and inside a moving train like only Spidey can to form a one-man army.  

Image: A still from Robot

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Tees Maar Khan

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Farah Khan's utterly stupid rehash of Peter Sellers' After the Fox is high on absurdities.

The entire sham revolves around stealing national treasure off a highly secured train providing Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif the perfect opportunity to hang out of a rushing rail.

Given the Khiladi's penchant for stunts, he makes it look as easy as a walk in the park. 

Image: A still from Tees Maar Khan

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