For those of us who love to travel, 2020 has been a bit of a dampener, to put it mildly. Most of us in India are still cooped up at home because Covid-19 cases are rising in many parts of the country.
2020 may have dashed our dreams of travelling, but we still have our movies, so calm your sore heart and plan a movie marathon tonight of Bollywood films that will instantly transport you to exotic and gorgeous countries.
Kangana Ranaut has given us the best Hindi movies on a woman travelling alone. Rani, played by her, is heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her a couple of days before their wedding. While she shuts herself in her room and cries, her middle-class Delhi parents are shocked by the distraught it bought to their child, but get even more shocked when Rani declares she is going to go on her honeymoon all on her own. An unsure Rani boards a flight to Paris and makes the journey of a lifetime.
A girl who has never stepped foot outside her own little world in Delhi, meets new people, has new experiences and makes new friends. She meets care-free Vijayalakshmi (Lisa Haydon) in Paris, & in Amsterdam, Rani befriends Taka, Tim and Oleksander.
Watch the film for the feel of Paris and Amsterdam from the comfort of your own couch.
Tamasha left its audience divided. The story of Tara (Deepika Padukone) and Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) either left one impressed or disappointed, there was no in between. But if you’re looking for a film to watch where the characters travel to beautiful destinations, this is a good option.
Tara and Ved meet in Corsica and immediately become friends, but decide to not tell each other their real identities. As they spend their time exploring the island, Tara begins to fall in love with the fun and outgoing Ved. However, she leaves Corsica without telling him who she really is.
A few years later, she runs into Ved in Delhi, and they begin to date. But Ved isn’t the same person she met in Corsica. And we find the typical Imtiaz Ali’s manic pixie dream girl trope of the woman saving the man from himself. But other than that the films pretty watchable.
The breathtaking visuals of Corsica and Ranbir and Deepika dancing into the sunset are sure to bring some joy. The parts shot in Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village will make you want to go there right now.
DIL DHADAKNE DO (AMAZON PRIMEVIDEO)
This is a cruise and a Europe trip, all in one film. Zoya Akhtar takes us along with the Mehras on a cruise ship where all hell breaks loose, with one of the family members jumping off the ship. But before all of that happens, we get to see visuals of Italy and Turkey — of the city of Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia, the hamams in the city, air balloons of Cappadocia and so much more. While it’s the Colosseum in Rome that is world famous, Dil Dhadakne Do took us to the colossus of Tunisia.
Like in every Zoya Akhtar film, we not only meet each character, but find out who they really are behind the facades. For the Mehras, the cruise is important to keep up appearances as their business fails, Ayesha Mehra (Priyanka Chopra) is pretending to be happy in her unhappy marriage, her brother Kabir (Ranveer Singh) is pretending to date someone so that his family can form a business deal so that in the end he can keep his private plane.
ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBAARA (AMAZON PRIMEVIDEO)
Yes, this is Zoya Akhtar’s second appearance here, because she does send her characters on gorgeous trips. This one is about three friends Kabir (Abhay Deol), Arjun (Hrithik Roshan) and Imran (Farhaan Akhtar), who go on a road trip through Spain. Each friend chooses a destination and a challenge that all of them have to do. The friends end up driving from Barcelona to Costa Brava, Seville, and Pamplona.
The tomatina festival, and lots of beautiful drives feature in the film.
While Kabir struggles in the relationship with his fiancée, Imran is conflicted about finding his estranged father, Arjun is struggling to find his chill because his job entails attending video meetings during vacations and being panic-stricken ALL THE TIME.
DIL CHAHTA HAI (AMAZON PRIMEVIDEO)
Check any best friend’s group on Whatsapp, “‘Goa chalen’?”is the most frequently asked question. And no doubt, the fun-filled Goa trip of three best bros in Dil Chahta Hai was the genesis of most Goa trips. Besides capturing the Goan vibe, this film also put Sydney on the Hindi films’ map. Be it the Opera House, the Sydney Bridge, the film features many iconic spots of Australia.
With Immensely beautiful songs and compositions and not to forget the characters played by Akshay Khanna(Siddharth Sinha), Saif Ali Khan(Sameer) and Aamir Khan(Akash Malhotra) were just outstanding rather cherry on the top.
COCKTAIL (ZEE 5)
Cocktail is the story of a woman with devil-may-care attitude Veronica (Deepika Padukone), sati Savitri from India Meera (Diana Penty) and charming young man Gautam (Saif Ali Khan). The movie is set in London where fates brings them together that eventually leads to a love triangle. The film shows the three of them enjoying the Londoner’s life and loitering around on the gorgeous streets and local water holes of London. The movie is a total eye candy and puts London on your travel bucket list.
ENGLISH VINGLISH (ZEE 5)
Story of a simple woman named Shashi (Sridevi) who is time and again made to feel inferior by her husband and daughter for not knowing the English language. The movie revolves around how Shashi’s trip to New Jersey for a family wedding transforms her. Watching this film is like travelling to every nook and corner with Shashi. From random streets to iconic spots like Central Park, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge and Fifth Avenue, English Vinglish has captured the pulse of New York beautifully!!
DIWAALE DULHANIYA LE JAAYENGE (AMAZON PRIMEVIDEO)
Set against the background of Switzerland, Raj and Simran fall in love with each other as they try to catch up to the rest of their friends after missing their train. By the time they realise that they are in love, it’s too late. Simran’s father wants to parcel off his daughter in marriage to his best friend’s son, who is nothing less of a manly man looser from Punjab, even though he has nothing in common with Simran.
Not only do we see the streets and cafes of Switzerland, we see bits of London, and even Punjab ke khet (farms), when Raj follows Simran to India to win her family over. Add to that the iconic soundtrack of the film that will surely lift your mood, and bring out the traveller in you.