To ease the process of securing permission to shoot in Darjeeling’s toy train or at the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) premises, the Northeast Frontier Railway authorities lays down that filmmakers can now apply online without having to physically visit the office.
This move would be a step in the right direction to better Darjeeling’s tourism prospects after Covid dealt a severe blow to the hill station that is highly dependent on tourism activities. This would also help to attract more filmmakers and enthusiasts to Darjeeling and contribute significantly to the economy of the destination.
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Remember the scene in Main Hoon Na where Shah Rukh Khan emanates from the smoke sporting a Burberry-check scarf, a bag slung on his shoulder and the iconic Darjeeling toy train in the background?
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), a UNESCO World Heritage site, is known all over the world for its fascinating journey through the hills of Darjeeling in narrow gauge toy trains. And while these train journeys have been the highlight of many a tourist visiting the Queen of Hills, filmmakers too have thronged the area to train their lenses on these steam-puffing beauties as they traverse along the Himalayan region.
The DHR has often been a prominent subject of many iconic films. Some of the famous Hindi films shot include Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), China Town (1962), Aradhana (1969), Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Parineeta (2005), Barfi (2012) and Jagga Jasoos (2017).
Think about it, can you imagine Rajesh Khanna’s Mere Sapno Ki Rani without the toy train? Nah, that’s vintage stuff, nothing less than the sepia-tinted romance of the gently swaying DHR will do.