We all love movies helmed by our favorite directors and an awesome cast, but we also look for an equally good story-line and an interesting setting. The story-line and scenic beauty often becomes a reason for many fans and followers to head to the locale depicted in the movie. While there are many Indian movies with mesmerizing locations which blend well into the story, we list out 10 all-time favorites which were adored for their plot, characters and of course, their ability to make the audience love India more as a travel destination.
1. Rang De Basanti.
While this movie earned praise for its patriotism and depiction of modern day corrupt Indian systems, what we also came across is a horde of picture-perfect destinations. The iconic India Gate became the backdrop for the silent candle march. The Golden Temple, too, is depicted where the protagonists offer their prayers. Other notable destinations in the movie include Nahargarh Reservoir, Habitat Centre and Mughal Sarai.
2. Dil Chahta Hai.
This cult classic left a massive imprint on the minds of youngsters to enjoy life. This being said, its no doubt that we all loved this movie, and of course the idea of road travels with buddies! The frame of the three friends posing at the Chapora Fort in North Goa is indeed etched in our minds. The romantic and sweet song ‘Wo ladki hai kahan’ was shot at none other than Mahabaleshwar. Alongwith Indian spots, the depiction of Sydney as well makes the movie stand out.
3. Jab We Met.
Picturized in North India and boosting the idea of finding that special one on a train journey is what makes Jab We Met an all-time classic. The movie seemed to completely be in favor of the idea of roads and trains and finding love in your journey. This Imtiaz Ali movie gave us ample of shots of the snow-capped Kullu, Ratlam Ki Galliyan and Bhatinda, which plays a crucial part in the set-up pf the movie.
4. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
This romantic youth-oriented movie left a lasting impression on the audience. This ‘young’ movie was picturized in some of the best locations of India. With shots in Gulmarg, to the scenic snow-capped Himalayan mountains and majestic palaces in Udaipur, this movie became an instant hit. Besides, the movie also picturizes Bunny(Ranbir Kapoor) as a travel enthusiast, who wants to scale the world!
5. Bombay To Goa.
This Bachchan starrer left everyone in splits. This movie revolves around the comedy of errors which occurs during the bus journey from Bombay to Goa. All in all, this movie proves a point that travelling with a mixed bag of people can indeed be a fun and entertaining train journey.
The movie that left us awed owing to its high drama, humor, emotion and a star-studded cast is shown on the lines of Bhashkor(Amitabh Bachchan) demanding a travel by road owing to his chronic constipation. In this bargain, what enfolds is a humorous story with the protagonists travelling by car all the way to Kolkata. Bhaskor’s sudden runaway from home to discover Kolkata on his own premises – by cycle makes this movie a fun must-watch.
7. Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
This movie, which brought tears and cheers from ever single spectator in the climax further cemented the relation between neighbors India and Pakistan. Not only did it send out a strong message, but also a story which seamlessly fitted into the lanes of Haryana, where the strayed Shahida(Harshaali Malhotra) meets protagonist and Hanuman-lover Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi, who vows to take her back to her home-country Pakistan. While Pawan Kumar helps Shahida reach Sultanpur, what we come across is a road trip filled with emotions and humanity.
This movie picturized on abduction and romance even whilst such mishappenings discovered the hilltops and of course the ‘highways’. Touted to be as ‘one of the most wonderfully shot movies of Bollywood’, Imtiaz Ali yet again attempted to capture the aura of the Aru Valley in Jammu and Kashmir and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh.
9. Chennai Express.
The first good thing about this movie -this 100-crore grosser won the hearts of young and old alike, offering them a good laugh. The second good thing – This movie is based on a humorous train travel, and then a funny road journey in an attempt to escape the villains. The movie beautifully catches a glimpse of Goa’s Dudhsagar Falls, Devikulam Lake in Munnar, Kerala, Panchgani and Coimbatore.
10. Three Idiots.
How could we forget one of the best movie of our times- a movie so relevant and fun? Mocking the Indian education system, and telling us to embrace life and its problems by singing ‘All izz well’, this movie also brought to life a road journey and numerous memories of the protagonists. The education-based theme of the movie was based in the Bangalore IIM Campus. Other places of interest in this movie include Mumbai’s Madh Island and Noida. A road journey leads the protagonists Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) to the unforgettable climax of the movie where they meet their long-lost friend and lover of life, Rancho (Aamir Khan) who is late revealed to be Phunsukh Wangroo.
We are quite sure that these movies made you wish if you too could travel to all these places. But we suggest that you stop wishing and start exploring. Its always a great idea to choose staying with your friends over the regular hotel stays. In order to know more about how you can make memories with your travel-loving friends, you can check out our website.