Have you ever oohed and aahed at locations you have seen in a Hindi movie wistfully wishing that you were there? Well, if it makes you feel better, you’re not alone. There are plenty of us who dream of being at the exotic destinations featured on the large screen. If you need some inspiration to plan your next holiday…here are 10 Bollywood films every traveler needs to watch.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Let us go back to 1995 when the late filmmaker Yash Chopra put Switzerland on everyone’s travel bucket list with Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. How envious were we of Raj and Simran! They made us fall in love with quaint Swiss villages amidst the Alps and some famous sites featured in the movie were St. Grat Church in Montbovon, Jungfraujoch and Lake Lungern in Obwalden.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
If Spain is not on your must-visit destination list, then after watching Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, it sure will be. Featuring iconic locales and festivals, the scenes featuring the Pamplona Bull Run and La Tomatina Festival were some highlights. Overall, the movie went beyond Barcelona and showcased the Spanish countryside including Alájar and Andulacia.
Closer to home, Highway starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda provides ample inspiration to visit Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir to experience the raw natural beauty of both the regions. The movie featured never before shown locations like the mountains of Kaza, one of the coldest places in India and picturesque meadow landscape of Aru near Pahalgam.
English Vinglish was inspirational in many ways and it gave us all enough reason to want to visit New York. This Oscar nominated film followed the life of a new immigrant to the city and featured many popular locations and streets across Manhattan where we got glimpses of the cafes, restaurants and storefronts along with the general hustle and bustle New York is famous for.
Rangoon gives us a peek in to Arunachal Pradesh, an unlikely filming location due to its remoteness and lack of modern infrastructure. However, the scenery is enthralling in every way and made us privy to Komli Ghat of Pasighat, Komsing Hanging Bridge and places along River Siang. All reasons enough to plan a holiday to northeast India.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
The last blockbuster to be directed by Yash Raj before he passed away, Jab Tak Hai Jaan displays the magic of London. As Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma traversed the city, on display were the city’s famous sites including Trafalgar Square, London Eye, Conservatory at Syon Park and Palace of Westminster, to name a few.
The first Bollywood movie to be shot in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Bang Bang is a remake of the Hollywood film Knight and Day starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. Shot at several domestic and international locations including Shimla and Manali in Himachal Pradesh and Mykonos and Santorini in Greece, Bang Bang will make you want to get up and go!
Ek Tha Tiger
Agents Tiger and Zoya take us on an adventure across the world in Ek Tha Tiger. It’s one of the first and possibly only Bollywood movies so far to be shot in the city of Havana in Cuba. Other destinations that make us swoon in the movie are Istanbul and Antalya in Turkey and sites like Trinity College and Gaiety Theatre in Dublin in Ireland.
Bachna Ae Haseeno
Bachna Ae Haseeno showcases Italy in all its glory. Follow Raj’s love affairs through the canals of Venice, streets of Puglia and Naples and the sands of the Isle of Capri. Switzerland also features in the movie with several scenes shot at Gstaad along with Australia where Sydney Opera House is showcased.
Kal Ho Naa Ho and every Karan Johar movie ever made!
Filmmaker Karan Johar is in love with New York and London! All his movies feature both these destinations, which he considers to be lucky while making the rest of us sigh! Kal Ho Naa Ho was shot extensively in areas across New York including Brooklyn Bridge Park, Union Square, Central Park and Bowling Green Park with the famous Wall Street Bull.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.