Heritage of Wheels on Reels; Shristi Abrol; The Citizen

India – Mountain Railways of India

Chugging past the steamy mountains, leaving its trails on UNESCO’s list, Mountain Railways have been the real and reel heroes. Remembering them on this World Heritage Day, with movies, that had moved them to our living rooms. Taking a trip down the memory lane, seated in a train, songs of life have swished past the silver screens of Bollywood.

Frozen in time, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways has hardly aged, in the scenes and screens, retelling its story. Iconic Rajesh Khanna trying to woo his “Sapno ki Rani” is an evergreen melody sung around the evergreen toy train. Ride from being strangers to lovers, toy trains have strummed duets in ‘Professor’ with Kalapana teasing Shammi Kapoor while boarding the train to the tune,“ Main challey…yeh na pucho kidhar, yeh na pucho khahan.

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