Films, every now and then, have the ability to produce magic on screen. They are your escape from a monotonous day at work, from the tough realities of everyday life. For a few hours, you immerse yourself in the world of wonder as a heartwarming story unfolds in front of your eyes. Gorgeous locations coupled with fabulous storytelling often become your inspiration to pack your bags and experience the same. A selected few films like Dil Chahta Hai and Tamasha immediately come to mind, but here are other Bollywood films which can push off the edge and galvanise your very own adventure.
Finding Fanny (2014)
Narrating the journey of five dysfunctional individuals on a trip around Goa, this Homi Adajania-directorial explores the unseen side of the happening state. Away from the parties, the constant glitz and glamour and into the obscurity, Finding Fanny takes your around a state so stereotyped by its parties that many fail to look beyond it. Exploring the outskirts of the region, the film unravels the Goan villages of Saligao, Parra, Assagao, Socorro, and Cortalim. Discover the peace that your soul requires at these serene destinations that are sure to wow you.
Alia Bhatt took the screen by storm as runaway/kidnapped bride Veera. Abducted by Mahabir on her wedding day, Veera discovers a new sense of freedom and expression as she travels through different cities. Imtiaz Ali, in his directorial masterclass, captures the mesmerising Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh, the Aru Valley and Chandanwari in Pahalgam. In the magnificent plains of Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Himachal, Veera frees herself from the social shackles that have bounded her all her life. Alia transcends all emotions as the Himalayan mountain ranges become her guide and captures her imagination.
When Amitabh Bachchan, playing an unconvetionally selfish father, and Deepika Padukone, his 30-year old daughter, come together, they deliver a blockbuster of laughter. Bachchan's obsession with his constipation takes him on a rollercoaster journey from Delhi to his hometown, Kolkata by car. A stopover at the mystic city of Varanasi which looks astonishingly beautiful under the night sky is a cinematic treat. But it's the City of Joy your eyes feast on on screen. As you follow Big B cycling around Kolkata, it's the quaint streets, the cultured trams, and the perfectly round jalebis in the Bengali capital that leave you spellbound.
Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
A cruise around the world is a salivating prospect, one none would ever reject. Dil Dhadakne Do takes you to Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey on a journey like no other. Taking you through the historic Turkish city of Istanbul and the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, this Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh-starrer open yours eyes to the marvelous architecture and culture of the region. This film is one cruise you didn't want to end. All you want to do is perch yourself on the bow and observe the stunning unending ocean floor in front of you.
Anjaana Anjaani (2010)
Showcasing the USA in the brightest of lights is this Priyanka Chopra and Ranbeer Kapoor-starrer. What the movie lacks in story, it more than makes up for through its stunning locations. Whether it be the financial district of New York or the glittering Brooklyn Bridge in the background, the city of lights gives off a welcoming, lovable vibe. As the two protagonists travel from New York to Las Vegas, you are exposed to the magnificent barren lands of America. In particular, the contrasting landscapes of the red rocks of Valley of Fire State Park and the Jean Dry Lake in the song "Hairaat" create for a scintillating prospect.
This summer, watch films for the love for travel and go on your very own Bollywood-inspired adventure! I've already booked my tickets for the US, in case you were wondering.