Indian movies and exotic destinations have had a long affair. Here are five Bollywood flicks from contemporary times that are travel-inspired and kick audiences off couches, compelling them to go out and explore.
Ye Jawani Hai Diwani
Following his passion of travelling the world, Bunny, played by Ranbir Kapoor, embarks on a journey of explorations and discoveries. He leaves home to study journalism at a university in the United States.With a camera in his hand and the idea of journalising his travels, he traverses various countries, experiences cultures, dwells in the best of cuisine and makes friends all over the world. Directed by the young, up-and-coming Ayan Mukherjee, Bunny is a character full of life and hope and the movie with its foot-tapping music is a hearty watch. From the snow clad mountains of Manali in India to the Eiffel Tower and back again to the palatial Udaipur in India, Bunny only stops once, to unite with his lady love, only to start a new journey of life.
Zindagi Na Milegi Na Dobara
Three friends finally manage to go on a holiday that was on more than one occasion postponed by either life or work. A lazy road-trip through Spain, an exhilarating sky-dive, a serene deep-sea dive and a playful Tomatina festival liberates them of various shackles of life and brings them closer. Directed by the critically-acclaimed Zoya Akhtar, the film has a star-studded cast comprising Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol playing the three friends.
The protagonists are both disappointed with life and decide to give in by committing suicide. But behold! As life or perhaps death would have it, the two strangers bump into each other on the ‘planned’ last day of their lives. Obviously they do not die, but they do land up with broken limbs and a fractured neck in a hospital where they escape from. Continuing to feel defeated by life, Kiara, played by Priyanka Chopra, tries to commit suicide again but Akash, played by Ranbir Kapoor, saves him. It is now that the two characters decide to fulfil all their unfulfilled wishes before they finally drown themselves and their dreams. They drive through the canyons to Las Vegas and on the road trip make merry by singing, dancing and even fooling the goons who stole their halted car. When in Vegas, they let their hair down and party all the way. Director Siddhart Anand has captured the glitz and glam of the locales, giving holiday goals to anyone who hasn’t been to the sparkly place.
Dil Dhadakne Do
Pushing the audience into cracks of laughter all through the movie, a dysfunctional, elite Indian family cruises through the Mediterranean Sea for a ten-day holiday. They pass through Turkey, Tunisia and Spain making the back-score of every shot colourful and exotic. Veteran actor Anil Kapoor plays father to actors Ranvir Singh and Priyanka Chopra, giving the film shiny leads. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the movie depicts the alleys of Turkey with many shots taken in Antalya and Istanbul, also depicting the places’ cultures.
When her fiancé calls off their wedding, Rani, played by Kangana Ranaut, decides nevertheless to travel to Europe for her pre-planned honeymoon instead of sulking. From dancing in night clubs to drinking wines at terrace cafes of Paris with her newfound friend, she goes out of her comfort zone to discover the best of the city of lights. She roams around the Eiffel and explores the new place and her new found freedom. When in Amsterdam, she visits the red light district, stays in a dormitory with strangers and tries different cuisines. Solo travelling, new places, making new friends; Director Vikas Bahl has drawn out the fun of travelling from sad emotions.