Sometimes all you need to do something that you always wanted to do, is a little Push. That Push can come in any form. It can be in the form of a book that you are reading, a person that you met recently, or a movie that you just finished watching.
So, let’s talk about movies. They play such an important role in our lives that many times certain movies unlock the door of many otherwise forgotten memories from our past. They connect with us at such an emotional level quite often they mould our behaviour and egg us to do something which we REALLY want to do.
So, here we are, presenting a list of 11 movies released post 2000, which will make you pack your bags and just leave for your dream destination. But hold on, not everyone would start checking the flight/train tickets after reading this blog. As I said, movies can only nudge you to do something, which you REALLY want to do, but have been giving yourself lame excuses to keep on postponing it. If you are not a travelling types, you might only look at the pictures in the blog and move on.
So, here’s to the ever procrastinating traveller.
1. Dil Chahta Hai:
The 2001 blockbuster, shot in Goa, Mumbai and Sydney, still connects to the young audience big time. 1st one hour into the movie and you feel like, ‘This weekend I am off to Goa” and might even text your buddies about it. The movie has not only captured some of the amazing locations of Sydney & Goa but has also beautifully portrayed the intertwining relations of the characters alike. And who can forget the iconic scene of Akash, Sameer and Sid at Fort Vagator?
2. 3 Idiots
Though the movie has a totally different theme and message, one simply can not ignore the beautiful landscapes and snow capped mountains during the journey depicted in the movie. Shot in Shimla, Chail in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, the movie makes you believe that it is possible to leave the din and bustle of city life behind and still be able to do some kick-ass professional work in some remote but breathtaking location, like Amir Khan’s character did near one of the most picturesque lakes of the world-The Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh. You only have to have a weird name like Phunsukh Wangdu.
3. Jab We Met
One of the very few movies out there where the locations are not there just for the sake of it. The whole idea of shooting the movie in some of the breathtaking locations, is so integral to the plot of the movie that you fall in love with the movie, the characters and the locations all at the same time. Along with Shimla and Manali in Himachal Pradesh, the movie also shows some amazing view of the Rohtang Pass. If you are planning to get married sometime in near future, you will find many locations just appropriate for planning your Honeymoon.
4. Anjaana Anjaani
Another movie in which travelling and beautiful locations are a part of the plot and not merely there to make-up for the lack of acting skill of the actors. The movie goes on to re-establish that deep down, most of us have that ONE REAL WISH-TO TRAVEL THE WORLD. Shot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York with some parts also shot in Thailand and Malaysia, this movie is a must watch if you are just fed-up of the daily grind and want a refreshing change by travelling to your dream destination.
One of the most admired movies of recent times. Barfi! got everything right to make it the movie that it is, the cast, the plot, the music and of course the location. You get to see the most exquisite and still highly unexplored locations of Darjeeling, West Bengal and some parts of Ooty as well. The nostalgia resulting from the small town feel of the movie might just make you look for your next long weekend and plan a trip to the nearest hill station.
6. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
If you have watched this movie, I bet you would have definitely related to one of the four lead characters played by the actors in the picture. Looking at various adventure sport like scuba diving, sky diving or bull running, you too would have thought, ‘Dammit, if not now, then when?’ The movie takes you all across Spain. To Buñol, for La Tomatina festival, to Seville for sky diving and to Pamplona for the Bull Run. If you haven’t watched it yet, Close the window and watch it NOW-just make sure that you invite your best buddies too.
7. Yeh Jawani hai Deewani
YJHD is yet another blockbuster movie shot in some of the most stunning locations of Himachal, Rajasthan and France. Though the movie doesn’t take you to a visual fest on these locations, but surely makes you believe that, just like a journey our life too is full of pleasant and not so pleasant surprises and if we learn to take all that in our stride, we will surely have a fulfilling life. This movie reaffirms our believe that sometimes you get the humsafar of your life while you are travelling.
8. Bang Bang
Fast paced actions, great looking actors, awesome dresses and exotic locations. What else would one need to simply get hold of the DVD of this movie and watch it…again? The movie takes you to all the places from Shimla, Mumbai, New delhi to Abu Dhabi, Phuket, Greece and Prague. This one if for the adventurists as they would know that there is a world of adventure sports waiting for them out there. As this movie presents the fun of Flyboarding, Sky diving and Formula 1 cars in the most thrilling way possible, all you got to do is call up your best buddies and take the next ticket out of your city to the adventure that awaits you.
As the name suggests, the movie is shot on deserted roads, nondescript towns and on a whole landscape of breathtaking locations. What sets the movie apart though, is the fact that it beautifully drives home the entire idea of journeying as a way to come face to face with your fears and denials and as a way to conquer them in the process. The film takes you to a trip of mixed emotions through deserted roads of Delhi to mountains of Himachal and Kashmir and the plains of Rajasthan and Haryana. Must watch if you feel a need to reinvent yourself
Queen is one of the most beautiful movies you will ever see. The whole idea of traveling as a way to liberate oneself from the shackles of our own imaginary limitations is best portrayed in Queen. Solo travellers of both genders would find this movie amazingly uplifting. Besides the starting and closing scenes of Delhi, one would get to see the day to day city life of Paris and Amsterdam. If you have been thinking of travelling alone and just can’t bring yourself to the point of deciding about it, go watch this movie immediately.
11. Ek Tha Tiger
Finally Super-Salman makes an appearance in the list. And what an entrance this is. As much the enigma of Salman Khan as the other-worldly beauty of locations like Istanbul, Kazakhstan, Cuba and Havana makes this movie an absolute treat. Though some part of shooting that was to take place in Hong-Kong could not take place, this movie will certainly pump your adrenalin up to the extent that your new mantra will be One Life
So, what are you waiting for? All the movies above are telling you the same thing through different cast, different plots and different locations that It Is now or never. Get up and Get going-One Life