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By Sudharshan

Trains have been an integral part of several Tamil films and there are directors and actors who make it a point to have a train scene in their films, be it for sentimental reasons or for the sake of script.

Ilayathalapathy Vijay too recently shot a song on top of a train for AR Murugadoss’ Thuppakki. Behindwoods.com takes a look at the Vijay films that featured trains in significant scenes.   

Let’s start with the most famous one, Kuruvi. This Dharani directed action film had Vijay performing a never before witnessed stunt. The action hero jumps from a sky scrapper and falls directly into a running train. Though the shot was praised for its technical excellence, it also earned negative reviews for its supernatural content.

But that  was not the case with Thulladha Manamum Thullum, which gained appreciations from the audience for its train sequence. The train is an integral part of the film, for it is where Vijay narrates his love story to his newly found friends. The ‘Innisai Paadi Varum’ song sequence, which kept lingering in the hearts for too long, also takes place in that train.

Unlike in Thulladha Manamum Thullum, which was a serious story, Vijay brings in his comic sense in Vettaikaran. In this film, his romantic journey starts in a train, when he meets Anushka at the railway station. His comedy portion in the train, with Sukumaari, who plays Anushka’s grandmother in the movie, is an ever green one.

In Prabhu Deva’s Pokkiri the train scenes in which Vijay and Asin flirt, are considered one of his best comedy sequences. But quiet contrarily in A Venkatesh directed Bagavathi he plays the protector of the yet-to-be born child of his dead brother. In the climax, he takes Monica, the pregnant wife of his brother, in a goods train, to save her from the bad guys.

The actor plays a protector of the people again in Velayudham. In the last scene, he gets into an unmanned passenger train that has been directed by the villain to collide with a chemical factory and stops it (What a man!).

Vijay again brings in difference in Azhagiya Thamizh Magan, in which Vijay plays a double role. In this film both the villain and the hero Vijay has sequences featuring trains. The villain Vijay meets his super hot girlfriend, Namitha in a train (about what followed... I’ll leave that to your imagination). And the hero Vijay, who possesses an extrasensory power of foreseeing things, gets a vision in which the van carrying his family gets hit by a train. The hero hurries to the location and saves his family from the mishap.

It is quite explicit that most of his train sequences have had romantic contents, be it Thulladha Manamum Thullum, Vettaikaran, Pokkiri or Azhagiya Thamizh Magan. But what matters the most is how differently he has done it.

Again in SJ Suryah’s Kushi, towards the end, to express their love for each other Vijay searches for Jyothika in a train and she searches for Vijay in another train. The simultaneous search continues until the happy end.

His ‘train journey’ continues in Thuppakki too, in which he has danced atop a train along with 300 dancers to the tunes of Harris Jayaraj.

So to conclude, trains and Vijay have always proved to be a winning combination, which has never failed to entertain the audience in one way or the other. After all it is entertainment, and Vijay never fails to provide us loads of these.

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