‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, ‘Queen’: It’s all about the journey

Let's have a look at a few travel based Bollywood movies, which in some way or the other have largely affected the audiences.

Written by Sonal Gera | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2015 9:33 am
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Zoya Akhtar’s next ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ is set to release this weekend and as reports say, the movie is about a dysfunctional Punjabi family on a cruise trip. The movie that stars Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah is already winning hearts at the screenings and is all set to be the winner at the Box Office too.

Since the beginning of talkies, not only have movies based on travel, like ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, inspired various sojourns, but also have represented a different take on life. Some have depicted timeless romances and love stories, while some have given a larger perspective to live life.

One such example is Zoya Akhtar’s previous movie ‘Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara’. Three friends, played by Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol set out on a journey to Spain and rediscover themselves and their friendship.

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A light-hearted movie as it was, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ taught to the world the simplest message that “we live just once”. And if we live each day thinking like that, life will be more beautiful.

It’s been reported after the release of ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ worldwide, tourism to Spain increased manifold. And people did start taking up road trips to never-seen-before places and doing adventure sports.

We’re sure Zoya Akhtar would be hoping that ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ has a similar future as that of ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, as it was loved by audiences and critics alike.

Let’s have a look at other travel based movies, which in some way or the other have largely affected the audiences.

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ is not exactly a travel movie but Raj and Simran’s love story finds its way only as they travel. The train travel, car cruises and bus rides set the tone of this one of the most unforgettable Bollywood movies of all time.
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Quite similar to DDLJ is Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Jab We Met’ starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor. Had it not been for Aditya’s impromptu travel by the train, he wouldn’t have come across Geet – The chatter box, and his life would have remained the way it always was.

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As the name suggests, Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway’ starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda takes up the Highway and Veera, played by Alia, rediscovers freedom. Not only does it show a love story between two starkly opposite personalities, but also gives the audiences a peek into a liberated life.

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And how can we forget the path-breaking ‘Queen’? The movie starring Kangana Ranaut showed how a journey to a far-off place can let you shed all your inhibitions and make your self-esteem go notches higher.
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A similar glimpse into a liberated life is given by Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Anjaana Anjaani’, where two people, who have loved and lost, meet, affect and change each other.

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Aamir Khan’s ‘3 Idiots’ is not exactly a travel movie but Rajkumar Hirani’s record-breaking venture had its heart set on travel, where Rancho’s friends Raju and Farhan set out in search of their friend. The last sequence that captures the scenic beauty of Ladakh is worth watching.

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As the name says, ‘Bombay To Goa’ is one long journey from Mumbai to Goa, with some of the funniest characters of Bollywood boarding the bus. The movie also had a swanky Amitabh Bachchan, long before his angry young man days. In fact, it has been said that one of the fight sequences in this movie inspired Salim Javed to suggest Prakash Mehra to cast Big B as Vijay in ‘Zanjeer’ – the movie that changed everything for the megastar.

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The 2013 movie ‘Chennai Express’ starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone takes on an ‘express’ journey across India, from the north to the south, and en route shows the more beautiful aspect of India.
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We bet when Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna visited Goa and talked about their future at Fort Aguada along their road trip in the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, many of the viewers might have also decided taking up a similar trip to a place of seas and beaches. Enough said.

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As they say, maybe it’s not about the destination; maybe it’s about the story…the journey, and Bollywood, with its larger-than-life travel-based movies, just about applies this perfectly.