There are times when 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 you met recently, or a movie that you just finished watching.
Talking of cinema, movies play such an important role in our lives that many times they unlock the door of many otherwise forgotten memories from our past. They connect with us at such an emotional level and quite often they mould our behaviour and urge us to do something which we REALLY want to do. So, here is a list of 11 movies released post 2000, which will tempt you to pack your bags and leave for your dream destination, especially if you have the traveller bug in you.
1. Dil Chahta Hai
The 2001 blockbuster, shot in Goa, Mumbai and Sydney, still connects to the young audience big time. First hour into the movie and you tell yourself, “This weekend I am off to Goa” and you might even text your buddies about it. The movie has not only captured some of the amazing locations of Sydney and Goa but has also beautifully portrayed the intertwining relationships. 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 cannot overlook the beautiful landscapes and snow-capped mountains 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 Aamir Khan does in the film 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
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
This is 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 moviegoes go 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 (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 movie. Looking at various adventure sport like scuba diving, sky diving or bull running, you think to yourself, “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.
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… The movie takes you to all the places from Shimla, Mumbai, New delhi to Abu Dhabi, Phuket, Greece and Prague. As this movie presents the fun of Fly boarding, 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
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 yearning for travelling alone and just can’t bring yourself to do it, go watch this movie now!
11. Ek Tha Tiger
Finally Super Salman makes an appearance in the list. Some of the beautiful of locations like Istanbul, Kazakhstan, Cuba and Havana make this movie an absolute treat. This movie will certainly pump your adrenaline up to the extent that your new mantra will be — One Life One Chance.