Right in the middle of mundane item numbers and flying cars, Bollywood, sometimes, comes up with a movie or two that urges one to travel to that exotic location from the cinema hall. Here are some of the memorable and may be forgotten movies that inspire such travel –
An inspiring movie of a girl who goes from being dependent and over protected to free-spirited and opinionated. From getting mobbed to making gol-gappas in Amsterdam, it shows both the bitter and the sweet sides of travel. The movie takes you to the magnificent Eiffel tower in Paris to the red light areas in Amsterdam. With beautiful images and people that make you smile, this movie will urge you to travel alone and rediscover yourself.
Imtiaz Ali has shot this movie in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. As a viewer, you fall in love with the wide landscapes, the sandy deserts and the mountains with their peaks covered with snow. The background score compliments the beauty of these places, giving silences and music filled with beats at appropriate moments. This movie woes the viewer with the simplicity of travelling, it makes you want to wake up in the morning and just go for an unplanned trip.
#3 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
This film is a journey of three friends who put aside their differences and decide to travel together through Spain, a fresh shift for Bollywood from Switzerland. This movie has opened the path towards self discovery and change. Zoya Akhtar has captured the scenic beauty and the culture of Spain with her brilliant direction. The La Tomatina festival, the exciting adventure sports like scuba diving, sky diving and running with the bulls and those those well-bred white and brown horses running by the road – ZNMD is a sight for sore eyes and makes travel look like a desert, sweet and satisfying!
#4 Jab We Met
This movie brings with it memorable characters and comic sequences that leave you teary eyed with laughter. You travel with Geet and Aditya from the lanes of Ratlam to the beautiful hills of Darjeeling, not to forget the beautifully captured fields in Punjab. Here is a completely spontaneous travel story that tells you to take life as it comes.
#5 Dil Chahta Hain
Goa! Goa! And I say again Goa! This movie covered water sports, volley ball and a one night stand that goes wrong in Goa. Sydney is also depicted beautifully and the Troilus And Cressida opera sequence is soul-stirring. But above all – this movie endorses travel like no other. It shows relationships grow close through experiences during the trip. It also shows that life is not a fairy tale and at the same time it is not tragic either, it can be a lot fun if you want it to be.
#6 Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Here it is, this is where it all started, the traveling and the exotic locations in Hindi movies were brought in by Yash Chopra by the memorable and still running Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. It has been an inspiration to many a honeymoons and Eurail journeys.This movie covers Switzerland, making you fall in love with it as Raj and Simran weave their story. It even takes you to the fields of Punjab, those bright yellow flower fields and hums in your ears – Come… Fall In Love… All Over Again.
#7 Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani
A more recent take on travel – this movie is about friendship and love. It is about four friends who go on a trip to Manali. The movie shows the Himalayas and the view from the Himalayas. It also has a song sequence with the handsome Ranbir Kapoor travelling across parts of Europe. It takes us to Jaipur, a city that is known for its heritage buildings and palaces, showing us how the big fat Indian wedding actually looks like. By the time the end credits roll, you’d either be left craving for a destination wedding or want to go backpacking to Manali…
Anurag Basu’s Barfi! has caught Kolkata and Darjeeling in their most beautiful moments. Those small roads, trees filled with orange leaves and the dim streets of Kolkata find their way into your heart. The characters of the movie endorse simplicity. You see them cycling through the streets of Darjeeling with great ease or pasting posters on the streets of Kolkata. This movie is a pleasure to the eye and heart.
So did your movies make it to our list? Or is there a really inspiring travel flick you’d want to share? If yes, then please leave your comments. We’d be most happy to hear your views.