India is known around the globe for many reasons. And the Indian Film Industry is one of those reasons. Be it shooting on the sacred Ghats of Varanasi or shooting in the hustle and bustle of megacities like Delhi and Mumbai. Hiring a line producer in India is the easiest way to get things done beforehand. It also eases outs the complications involved in the process of getting permission for shooting on various locations including luxury trains in India.
Bollywood: World’s Largest Film Producer
The film industry of India, commonly known as Bollywood is the largest film producer in the world. Every year thousands of movies are shot, produced, and released in the country. But only a few movies are remembered for decades. Some are remembered because of their brilliant acting and some because of its most iconic scenes. ‘Sholay’ starring Amitabh Bacchan, Dharmendra and Hema Malini became famous because of its characters. Whereas Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayeingein starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol became famous because of its iconic train scene.
Bollywood and train sequences
Trains and Railway Stations in Bollywood movies play an important role. Most of the iconic Bollywood scenes include trains in them. Love, Hate, Murder, Romance, and parting ways from your lovers, Bollywood has made its audience experience all these emotions with a train in the scene. Many love stories started, many have ended, characters grow up and characters end either inside a train or on a railway track. Story changed, eras changed, actors changed. But Bollywood and its love for trains sequences never changed.
Amitabh Bachchan in Coolie and Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in Gunday was seen growing up while running with the train. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt starrer Kalank had a train sequence in its climax. ‘Tu kisi rail si guzarti hai, main kisi pul sa thar-tharata hu’, this dialogue from Vicky Kaushal starrer Masaan was shot with a train passing through a bridge and Vicky Kaushal sitting under the bridge at a distance. It increased the intensity of the dialogue.
Iconic Bollywood Train Sequences
The iconic item number ‘Chaiyaa-Chaiyaa’ from the movie Dil Se (1988) had some amazing moves performed by Sharukh Khan and Malaika Arora. It was shot on a moving train named Nilgiri Mountain Railway. This song is still popular among the audience.
Raj met Simran in a train for the first time. They fell in love. Simran’s father (Amrish Puri) did not approve of their relationship. And after lots of struggles, finally when Simran’s father said- “Ja Simran Ja Jeele Apni Zindagi’, Simran runs to get to his Raj who has boarded a train. Their hands met at the perfect time and there is another happily ever after. This scene from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayeingein (1995) is one of the most remembered train sequences of Bollywood. King Khan and trains can never be forgotten. All these movies star Sharukh Khan. Sometimes he is meeting his lover and sometimes he is parting ways from them. But all of them have a train sequence in them.
Luxury trains in India
India is rich in its culture and heritage and now in its trains also. Here is a list of top five luxury trains in India that can give you a five-star hotel experience while traveling to some exotic destinations:
The Maharajas’ Express
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in March 2010 started this luxury train in India. It is the most expensive luxury trains that run in India. It runs across 12 destinations in India covering most of Rajasthan. It runs between October to April.
Palace on Wheels
It started in the year 1982 by Indian Railways This train cover Jaipur, Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Agra, and several other destinations. It starts and ends its journey in Delhi. Its coaches are made like those in the Colonial era. It costs around Three lakhs Indian rupees per person for a single journey.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
This train started a year before the Maharajas’ Express. This train also takes its passenger on a royal journey to the royal state of Rajasthan. This train is also owned by Indian Railways. It has 14 cabins in total. It is the most affordable train among all other luxury trains.
The Golden Chariot
This train was started in 2008 by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC). This train runs in various popular destinations of South India like Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It costs approximately 2 lakhs per person for a single journey.
The Deccan Odyssey
Based on the model of Palace on the wheel this luxury train was started in 2004. It was started to increase the tourism in Maharashtra. This train is operated by both Indian Railways and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). Its journey starts and in Mumbai. In between it covers Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Aurangabad, Ajanta-Ellora Nasik, Pune, and returns to Mumbai.
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Author: Anjali Datt
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