As you know, I love traveling and often travel by train within India. There is something romantic about train journeys. If you get a window seat, you will see new places and people are passing by. Bollywood and trains have also an intimate relation, that train songs have become an indispensable part of Hindi cinema. Moreover, trains have inspired many filmmakers in India in different ways to create a song, dance sequence or scene which also became super hit. Often trains become the lovers meeting point and also play an important role for the runaway heroine. There are many songs that have been written with trains or train journeys in mind. Here is a comprehensive list of Bollywood train songs that you can watch or listen to if you are a fan of romantic train journeys.
#1. Toofan Mail, Duniya Ye Duniya toofan mail
Song from film Jawab which is a 1942 Indian Bollywood film revealing a love trilogy between a man and two women, where the hero, played by Pramathesh Barua. The film directed by Pramathesh Barua and singer of the song was Kanan Devi, lyricist was Pandit Madhur, and music director was Kamal Dasgupta.
#2. Dhak Dhak Karti Chali
Dhak Dhak Karti Chali was a song from Hindi film Dilruba (1950). Thanks to Rehana and Dev Anand’s glittering chemistry, remarkable dances courtesy of Rehana and Cuckoo. Rupa (Rehana) is a dancer in a troupe trained and led by the Professor (Yakub) which travels from town to town. The song sung by Geeta Dutt and music given by Gyan Dutt.
#3. Ye Rang Bhare Baadal
This song is from Tu Nahin Aur Sahi, which is a 1960 Hindi film directed by Brij Sadanah and starring Pradeep Kumar and Nishi, with music by Ravi. Asha, Rafi, Asad Bhopali and Ravi sung the song. For DVD click here.
#4. Aao Bachcho Tumhe Dikhaaein
The song was from Hindi film Jagriti (1954). This song represented a journey of a free-spirited India, a journey of huge transformation. Sent to a hostel as a punishment, a rebellious chap leads a revolt and creates havoc in the institution. Director was Satyen Bose . The song sung by Kavee Pradip and Hemant Kumar was the musician.
#5. Dekh Teri Sansar Ki halat
Song from movie Nastik (1954) starring, Ajit, Nalini Jaywant, Raj Mehra, and Leela Mishra. Director was I.S. Johar and music Director was C. Ramchandra while the lyricist was Kavi Pradeep. For DVD click here.
#6. Basti Basti Parbat Parbat Gata Jaye
This song was from Hindi movie Railway Platform (1955). Railway Platform was a film about a love triangle among a princess, a poor man and his lover at a train station. The film noticeable the debut of Sunil Dutt, who was a popular announcer for Radio Ceylon before. Singers were Mohd. Rafi and Manmohan Krishan. Lyrics given by Sahir Ludhyanvi and music given by Madan Mohan.
#7. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awaara
The song was from Hindi movie Solva Saal released in 1958. The film was directed by Raj Khosla. The film stars Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. Music given by Sachin Dev Burman and the lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. This song “Hai Apna Dil To Awaara” picturized on Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in the train, sung by Hemant Kumar, with mouth organ played by Rahul Dev Burman.
#8. Apni To Har Aah Ek Toofan Hai
The song is from Kala Bazar, which is a 1960 Hindi film produced by Dev Anand. Written and directed by Dev’s younger brother Vijay Anand, the film starred Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Vijay Anand, and Chetan Anand. S.D. Burman composed the music, while the lyrics were penned by Shailendra. What a brilliant change in expression of Waheeda Rahaman in this song.
#9. Mujhe Apna Yaar Bana Lo
Mujhe Apna Yaar Bana Lo song is from movie Boy Friend (1961) which was directed by Naresh Saigal. The film stars Shammi Kapoor, Madhubala and Dharmendra. The film’s music is by Shankar Jaikishan. The song sung by Kishore Kumar and Madhubala. Music Director was also Kishore Kumar. The lyrics of this song were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
#10. Auraton ke dabbe mein
It is a fun song when a man enters a ladies compartment. Bharat Bhushan acted for a change in a lighter role. Film name is Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh released in 1962. The song sung by Mohd. Rafi & Suman. To purchase online click here.
#11. Main Chali Main Chali
The song is from Hindi film Professor (1962). The film was produced by F. C. Mehra and directed by Lekh Tandon. The film stars Shammi Kapoor, Kalpana, Bela Bose, Lalita Pawar, Tun Tun and Iftekhar. The film’s music is by Shankar Jaikishan. The film became a box office hit. The song sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director was Shankar Jaikishan. To purchase DVD online CLICK HERE.
#12. Rukh se Zara Naqab Hataa do
Mere Huzoor is a 1968 romance drama film, directed by Vinod Kumar. The film stars Raaj Kumar, Mala Sinha, Jeetendra in the lead roles and music composed by Shankar-Jaikishan. Mohd. Rafi sung the song. To purchase online click here.
#13. Mere Sapno Ki Raani Kab Aaegi Tu
It is one of the hits of film Aradhana. Aradhana is a 1969 Hindi film directed by Shakti Samanta, starring Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna. It earned the Filmfare Award for Best Film at the 17th Filmfare Awards. This film is counted among the 17 uninterrupted hits of Rajesh Khanna between 1969 and 1971. Aradhana was a blockbuster in India and the Soviet Union.
#14. Phoolon Ke Rang Se
Prem Pujari is a 1970 Hindi film produced, directed and written by Dev Anand. The movie stars Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Shatrughan Sinha, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri and a then-unknown Amrish Puri. It has several hit songs composed and directed by S. D. Burman. The songs were written by Gopaldas Neeraj. Phoolon Ke Rang Se sung by Kishore Kumar.
#15. Hum Dono Do Premi
Check out the song “Hum Dono Do Premi” from the movie Ajnabee (1974) Directed by Shakti Samanta & Produced by Girija Samanta. Music Directed by R.D Burman. This song was sung by Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar. The film also stars Rajesh Khanna,Yogeeta Bali, Asrani & Prem Chopra.
#16. Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai, Seeti Baja Rahi Hai
This is one of those train songs that most significantly defines the romance of locomotive. The viewer sees the train passing through some scenic locations of Shimla Kalka rail route. In this song from Dost (1974), train is a symbol for life and for the never-die spirit. Sung by Kishore Kumar, the song is slow and melodious. Dharmendra is in a lead role in this film.
#17. Chhuk Chhuk…Dilli se Baroda Tak
Giving us some really lively melodies, Rishi Kapoor completely rocked in this train song. Rafoo Chakkar is a 1975 Indian Hindi movie stars Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, who were at the height of their popularity as an on-screen couple at the time of this movie’s release. Other actors include Paintal, Bindu and Madan Puri, along with Rajindernath, Asrani and Bhagwan. The music was composed by Kalyanji Anandji.
#18. Dhanno Ki Aankhon Mein
The song was from movie Kitaab. Kitaab is a 1977 Indian drama film written and directed by Gulzar. The film stars Uttam Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Shreeram Lagoo, Keshto Mukherjee and Asit Sen. The film was based on Bengali story Pathik by Samaresh Basu. The music was by R. D. Burman with lyrics by Gulzar.
#19. Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Hamara
The Burning Train is a 1980 Indian Hindi action thriller 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 in the pivotal roles and music composed by R. D. Burman. The plot rotates around a train named the Super Express, that catches fire on its inaugural run from New Delhi to Mumbai. This movie was inspired by the 1975 Japanese disaster movie The Bullet Train. The purchase online click here.
#20. Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun
Song was from film Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai. Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai is a 1981 Indian Hindi film produced and directed by Nasir Hussain. The film stars Rishi Kapoor, Padmini Kolhapure, Amjad Khan, Yogeeta Bali, Kader Khan and Asrani. The music, composed by Rahul Dev Burman with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. For video cd click here.
#21. Haathon Ki Chandd Lakeeron Ka
The song was from movie Vidhaata. Vidhaata is a 1982 Hindi movie directed by Subhash Ghai. It stars Dilip Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Padmini Kolhapure in lead roles. Vidhaata declared an “All Time Blockbuster” at the box office. To purchase online click here.
#22. Sari Duniya Ka Bojh hum Uthate hain
Coolie released in1983 and directed by Manmohan Desai. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri, Kader Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Puneet Issar, Satyendra Kapoor. Music composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
#23. Saajan Mera Us Paar Hai
Song Saajan Mera Us Paar Hai from movie Ganga Jamunaa Saraswati (1988). Among star cast are Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Parda, Nirupa Ray, Amrish Puri. The song sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the music Director is Anu Malik.
#24. Deewana Dil Deewana
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is a 1994 Indian Hindi romantic comedy film directed by Kundan Shah, and starring Shah Rukh Khan and Suchitra Krishnamurthy. This is one of the rare mainstream Hindi movies in which the hero plays the role of a loser. It is generally considered to be one of Shah Rukh Khan’s best performances, and he has said that it is his favourite film.
#25. Chaiyya Chaiyya
Song was from film Dil Se. Dil Se is a 1998 Indian Hindi romantic thriller film set in the backdrop of the insurgency in Northeast India, written and directed by Mani Ratnam. The film stars Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala in the lead roles, while Preity Zinta makes her film debut in a supporting role. The song sung by Sukhwinder Singh.
#26. Bichhoo O Bichhoo
Chamatkar is a 2000 Indian action thriller film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Urmila Matondkar & Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles. Bichhoo O Bichhoo is sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
#27. Kasto Mazaa Hai Railema
Saif Ali Khan is playing the guitar and a group of children start singing a chorus. Parineeta is a 2005 Indian musical romantic drama film adaptation of the 1914 Bengali novel, Parineeta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Directed by debutant Pradeep Sarkar and the film featured Vidya Balan, Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. Raima Sen and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty play the supporting roles. To purchase online click here.
#28. Dhadak Dhadak, Dhuaan Udaae Re
Bunty Aur Babli is an Indian 2005 Hindi crime comedy film directed by Shaad Ali. Written and produced by Aditya Chopra, the film features Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead roles. It was the first film where father-son duo Amitabh-Abhishek shared screen space. The film’s music was composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, with lyrics done by Gulzar and Blaaze together. It won three Filmfare Awards in 2006 for its music, while Abhishek and Rani received nominations for the best actor and best actress awards respectively for their performances. To watch online click here.
#29. Subha Ki Train
“Subha Ki Train” from the Hindi Bollywood movie Toilet – Ek Prem Katha (2017), This movie is starring Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Divyendu Sharma, Sudhir Pandey, Shobha Khote and Anupam Kher.
Foolishq is a song from the movie KI & KA (2019) starring Arjun Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan in leading roles, directed by R. Balki. The song Foolishq is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Armaan Malik in the music composition of Ilaiya Raja and lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
Fascinatingly, for filmmakers trains always came as a rescue whenever they wanted to showcase romance, naughtiness or plain emotions. So, which is your favorite train song? Please comment below.
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