TravelHer: Five Destination Goals That Bollywood Gave Us
Bollywood movies have always featured beautiful landscapes that have left us, the viewers, in awe. The characters of Hindi films often find themselves in exotic locations, be it even in a dream song sequence. They sing, dance and explore the beauty of those foreign lands, transporting audiences to countries they have never been to before. As a result, Bollywood movies give us major destination goals, making us want to explore and travel to these places as well. Here are five destination goals that Bollywood gave us!
The United States Of America
The land of dreams, with its Statue of Liberty and Times Square, has always been an attraction for Indians. The USA is representative of the American Dream – the power to do anything you want to. Not to mention the huge population of the Indian diaspora that resides there. New York, the heart of America, especially, features prominently in our films. We grew up watching Priety Zinta walking around New York City in Kal Ho Na Ho. Sridevi also stole hearts when she explored unfamiliar cultures in New York in English Vinglish. However, Bollywood filmmakers didn’t leave behind other cities. From the beaches of Miami in Dostana to the fast-paced Chicago life in Dhoom 3, Bollywood gave us destination goals all over the U.S.A.
The land of dreams, with its Statue of Liberty and Times Square, has always been an attraction for Indians. The USA is representative of the American Dream – the power to do anything you want to. Not to mention the huge population of the Indian diaspora that resides there.
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We all know England and Great Britain from lessons on colonization in our history textbooks. However, the British culture, with historic sites like Big Ben and London Eye and the rainy, moody weather all make perfect ingredients for a Bollywood drama. Films like Namaste London and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham showed London to us in ways we hadn’t seen before and giving us major destination goals.
A Bollywood romance movie is said to be incomplete without extensive shooting in Switzerland. Although featuring locations of Switzerland on the silver screen in Hindi films is definitely not a recent trend. Old movies of the 70s and 80s would also include song sequences featuring the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, where the actors would romance each other. Raj Kapoor started Bollywood’s love affair with the country, and it was only furthered by Yash Chopra. In fact, travellers in Switzerland can opt for a special tour called “YRF Enchanted Journey”. This covers the iconic locations that Yash Raj films were shot at in the country.
A Bollywood romance movie is said to be incomplete without extensive shooting in Switzerland. Although featuring locations of Switzerland on silver screen in Hindi films is definitely not a recent trend.
What’s not to love about France? The iconic Eiffel Tower, the renowned street fashion and the boutique cafes that are famous all around the world, all feature heavily in Bollywood movies. France, especially the romantic capital of the world Paris, are impossible not to fall in love with. Whether it be Kangana Ranaut’s character flitting about the charming streets of Paris, or Ranbir Kapoor’s Bunny enjoying French delicacies, France left an imprint in the minds of Bollywood lovers.
Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara gave everyone major destination goals with its beautiful cinematography, capturing the gorgeous Spain. The country featured heavily in the movie. It not only showed off Spain’s beautiful culture, architecture and nightlife but also exposed us to some of Spain’s popular traditions. The Tomatina festival was a blast to watch on screen, and some called it a tomato-Holi. The landscapes of the beautiful Spanish countryside were a treat to experience on the celluloid. It made us want to plan a trip right that instant.
Prapti is an intern at SheThePeople.TV