Travel is stranger than fiction.
- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara:
The story of three friends on an epic Euro trip leaves you yearning to travel to the vibrant land of Spain, renting a car and driving along the gorgeous landscapes of Sevilla and really landing a mess at the La Tomatina festival in Bunol. ZNMD is all about self-discovery and experiencing every moment of life in a new place. If this doesn’t make you want to pack your bags and disconnect from reality in the bounties of Europe, nothing will.
- Dil Dhadakne Do:
Set on a cruise ship, DDD is the story of a dysfunctional family holidaying together. It makes you want to propose a family vacation on that almost-dead whatsapp family group. Life at sea, never looked so tempting as Priyanka Chopra struts in her navy-inspired attire. It’s not just a movie – it is a call to sail away!
- Dil Chahta Hai:
DCH is a trip down memory lane and perhaps the single biggest reason everyone in India has gone to Goa with his friends – at some point or the other. The nostalgia of childhood friendships, the memories created on trips together, this movie ticks all the right boxes. It presents Goa as the place to go to with friends, but let’s not forget that stunning Opera show in Australia!
- Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaynge:
When Raj holds Simran’s hand to pull her into the Euro Rail – you know Europe is the land where magical love stories begin. Shot in London, Europe and India, this movie showcased travel as freedom, with the famous ‘Ja, Simran, jee le apni zindagi.’ But my favourite dialogue remains SRK’s really pointed observation, ‘Bade bade desho mein, choti choti baatein hoti rehti hain’. 😉
Not the usual happy love story in the mountains, Highway was more of a call to freedom. When Alia Bhatt is kidnapped by a truck driver, she is terrified but in a unique way feels completely free. She feels alive and happy. For her, the road becomes her home. All road-trippers have felt this at some point.
- YehJawaani Hai Diwani:
The nomadic Bunny falls in love with the geeky Naina. And we fall in love with Bunny’s dream – to travel the world, hosting a travel TV show. He has a scrapbook with pictures of destinations across the world and very easily these can be added to our travel bucket lists. He is living the life we want, just doing it better. Illahi mera jee aye aye!
The movie that makes you fall in love with India all over again. The story of a successful NRI who returns to his village and eventually ends up staying, fills you with love for your country, its broken roads and natural gifts, its Malgudi-day like simplicity. This movie awakens a patriotism and a love for travel rich in experiences, not necessarily in luxury.
For someone who loves the road, Piku is a gentle reminder of the saying: the journey is more important than the destination…And often, the journey is the destination. Piku, her slightly eccentric father and driver-cum-transport business owner are on a roadtrip from New Delhi to Kolkata. What happens on the way is a bonding that no ordinary experience can create. This movie tells us that travelling together, may well be the finest way of created the strongest bonds.
The movie that puts solo women travel on the map was a breath of fresh air. Simple and hilarious Rani from New Delhi is on her honeymoon to Paris – alone. She discovers Paris and Amsterdam, makes friends but most importantly transforms into a confident woman who has found happiness within. It reiterates to me that life begins at the end of our comfort zone, and travelling to new places is a great way to do that. Travel can truly be life-changing.
- Jab We Met:
For the eternal romantic in me, I can’t ignore this movie. The ultra-talkative Geet is on a train to her house in Punjab where she meets the suicidal Aditya. After an exciting turn of events, Aditya and Geet are to drive from Pune to Bhathinda and what ensues is an epic love story. Falling in love comes easy when you’re travelling together. Oh the possibilities of travel!