Commercial Bollywood movies have always been about grand scenes that make the location of the action come alive on the screen. Scenes that capture the essence of a place so well, they ignite in viewers an urge to visit and explore these cities and countries for ourselves, thus helping promote tourism in these places.
While there is ample credit giving to blockbuster films like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Dil Chahta Hai, and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, that have mastered the concept of an exotic getaway with a fun group of friends, there are also a few other movies in Bollywood that can appeal to the quiet, observant kind of traveler. Here’s a short compilations of some Bollywood hits that make you want to go and spend some brooding long hours in spots the actors have made their own on screen.
Queen: In many ways, this Kangana Ranaut starrer inspires women to break out of the confines of the society and find their own identities. And what better way to learn how to love yourself that than to take a solo-trip to the City of Love, Paris. The struggles of Rani as she spends her intended honeymoon alone in Paris are shot so skillfully that one gets to clearly experience the risks and thrills involved in solo-travels. A must-watch movie shot in a must-visit city!
Finding Fanny: Goa has always been the clichéd muse of all travelers, and, indeed, travel movie makers. However, this eccentric little film brings out the real side of Goa in such striking fashion that you’re left with some bubbling curiosity to explore the sea-side state beyond is lovely beaches and wild party life. It not only exposes the viewers to the quiet Goan village of Pokolim, but also shows them what a road trip through the real heart of Goa would look like.
Highway: Apart from an ambitious story-line, this Imtiaz Ali movie depicts the gorgeous landscapes of Himachal Pradesh in some sublime shots throughout the film. A road trip through India’s mountainous North is bound to throw up some staggering scenery, but the cinematography of Anil Mehta shows us the rawest side of these other-worldly looking locales, enhancing their appeal as an ideal spot for a long introspective road trip.
Piku: This endearing film about the relationship between an old father and his young, independent daughter includes a road trip with the three lead characters from Delhi to Kolkata would perhaps encourage viewers to try out going on a road trip with their own families too. After all, travel shouldn’t be limited by age or by your relationship with the person you’re planning the trip with. Additionally, the director, Shoojit Sircar captures the allure of old Kolkata in a fashion that makes it charming without glorifying it. Perhaps watching this movie will help you finally plan that trip to your own native town with your family for some good ol’ desi bonding.
Jia Aur Jia: Road movies have always been a male bastion, but this Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chadda starrer tries to break that stereotype as it portrays two women taking a trip through the enchanting locales of Sweden. Although the movie itself was panned by critics, the one take-away for all women is that travelling with a couple of your close girl-friends through some scenic locations isn’t all that bad an idea. It’s about time Bollywood comes up with more women-centric road movies anyways.