10 Films that Will Make You Consider Travel as a Life-changing Experience
You can take your mind off routine activities and can embrace the life-changing journey.
Image: Stills from DDLJ, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Highway
We have often heard people say 'Travel is Life'. Well, if there is anything that can give you an adrenaline rush, it is travel. Yes, it sometimes is the only answer to the problems in our life. You can take your mind off routine activities and can embrace the life-changing journey. Not only can you bask in the beauty of the places, but get to know that part of yourself that is still unknown. You not only explore the destination, but you explore yourself too!
Bollywood imparts this message in the most eye-catchy manner possible by weaving amazing stories, places and experiences together. So, let us go on a trip with these movies as we read about how journeys can turn into life-changing experiences.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
"Bade bade desho mein, chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hai"
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge came out as one of the initial travel-based movies. The idea of going across Europe with your 'Girls Gang' sounded amazing. The trip changed 'Simran's (Kajol) and 'Raj's (Shahrukh Khan) lives as they fell for each other amidst the beautiful landscapes of Europe. They started the trend of 'Love in Mustard Fields'. There's no denying the fact that whenever we see such fields, we picture Shahrukh Khan singing 'Tujhe dekha toh ye jaana sanam'. So, plan a trip with your college friends and who knows you might find your 'Raj' or 'Simran' over the journey in buses, trains or at your similar destinations.
"Marne ke liye tumhe kitne bhi reasons mil jaye... Jeene ke liye bas ek hi wajah kaafi hoti hai"
The movie, Anjaana Anjaani is about two different individuals, Ranbir Kapoor aka Anjaana and Priyanka Chopra aka Anjaani, who are so fed up of their lives that they wish to end it. Co-incidentally, they meet while serving the same purpose i.e. committing suicide. But destiny takes them to doing things before they die. That is when they decide to go on a road trip from New York to Las Vegas, which changes their lives forever. On the bridge between life and death, they fuel up their tanks to live one hell of a trip. Their epic journey will definitely poke the traveller that resides in each of us!
"Jahan se tum mujhe laaye ho, main vahan vaapis nahi jaana chahti..jahan bhi leja rahe ho vahan pahunchna nahi chahti..par, ye raasta bohot acha hai..main chahti hun ki ye raasta kabhi khatam na ho"
Highway, as the name suggests will literally take you to the roads and let you experience what we miss out while sitting inside our houses. Same is the story of Veera, a young bride-to-be who is abducted by a common goon, Mahabir and his men a day prior to her wedding. Far from being terrified of her abductor, Veera discovers an adventurous and liberating life. The journey through the remote Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh and over to the Aru Valley and Chandanwari near Pahalgam let 'Veera' see the beautiful world that has been kept from her all her life. We see road highways of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab in their raw forms as 'Veera' tastes the feeling of freedom. She experiences true happiness when she feels the strong breeze on her face, when she drinks water from the hand pump or when she runs in the villages. It is magical how she found herself in a place where she was lost rather kidnapped. Some journeys can teach you a lot in life, so leave behind your worries and sorrows and head for an amazing adventure.
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
"Ek hi shehar ke ek hi ghar ke ek hi kamre mein tu apni sari zindagi kaat degi? Soch ke darr nahin lagta?"
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani shows how 'Naina' (Deepika Padukone) realised the meaning of living and loving. From being a submissive studious girl, she turns into a fun-loving girl who experienced a different air around her- the air of love. Her trip to Manali with friends changes her forever. She is ready to take risks, she is ready to confess her love to 'Bunny' (Ranbir Kapoor). 'Bunny' is shown as a travel freak who maintains a travel diary showing how passionate he is about discovering different places across the world. From the snow-capped Himalayas to the picturesque alleys of Europe to the lavish palaces of Udaipur, the movie can motivate anyone to only call up mates, make a memorable trip to the hill stations and shed nostalgic tears of happiness. Later in the movie, we experience, we bask in the 'Royalty of Rajasthan'. The movie not only unveiled the spectacular Himalayan landscapes but also inspired many folks to grab their backpacks and venture out on daunting treks.
"Humare paas passport nahin hai aur na hi visa, par vaada karte hain, ab Munni ko khud uske ghar chodkar hi aayenge"
Bajrangi Bhaijaan craftily tells the story of 'Bajrangi' (Salman Khan) who sets on a journey from Delhi to a village in Pakistan to drop a mute girl, 'Munni'. This journey was not like other road trips that we go out for, with our friends or family. This difficult journey served instrumental in bringing India and Pakistan closer. It gave an insider’s perspective of Pakistan along with showing us the beauty of the nation. It proved to be life-changing as 'Bajrangi' felt a series of emotions whilst the journey. After 'Bajrangi' was successful in completing his duty after risking his life, our hearts rejoiced and eyes were wet with happiness.
"Hum chale baharon mein…Gungunati raahon mein"
Enjoying the cute-nuances of a Father-Daughter bond, Piku is about a road trip that starts from the drive on the Yamuna Expressway to the halt at Varanasi and then finally the streets of Kolkata reflect rich cultural aspects of India. Such eye-pleasing sights with a collection of the best travel songs, Piku is sure to leave you curious and pumped up for your next trip. The beautiful way in which Kolkata is depicted in the movie when 'Bhashkor' (Amitabh Bachhan) explores it on a bicycle will make you want to visit the City of Joy as soon as possible.
"Aao vaada kare ki hum apne baare main jo bhi kahenge jhooth kahenge...Aur jhooth ke siva kuch nahi kahenge, and what happens in Corsica stays in Corsica"
Most of you must have heard about or read the legendary- Asterix in Corsica. Tamasha, filmed across Corsica, itself follows a comic book style which will make you fall in love with this French island. A love story set in the perfect frames looked like a picture-post-card display in such beautiful settings. It is the land of disguise, where the only person you will know about is yourself which makes it even more exciting. It shows the journey of two Indians who meet in Corsica for the first time and live life like they are characters of some fantastical story. Embedded with love, comedy and emotional drama, Tamasha gives us another destination to tick off our lists.
Jab We Met
"Shadi ke baad na hum pahado mein rahenge. Mujhe pahad bohut pasand hain. Really!"
'Aao milon chalen jaana kaha na ho pata', we often listen to this ultimate road-trip song originating from the masterpiece, Jab We Met while travelling. This movie sure evokes the travelling kid inside all of us. Shot across North India, the movie lets us cherish 'Ratlam Ki Galiyan', 'Bhatinda ke khet' and 'Manali ka Pyaar'. The life-changing trip, lets 'Geet' (Kareena Kapoor) decide what she actually wanted in life. The trip defined for her the true meaning of loving someone. She could feel it when she realised that she was about to lose her love, it was like running behind the train but being unable to catch it. The comparison between losing a train and losing a beloved in life clearly talks about the importance of timely decisions in life. One correct train and journey can change your life. Go ahead and book yours, you never know what it has in 'berth' for you.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
"Insaan ko dibbe mai sirf tab hona chahiye jab vo marr chuka ho"
The story of three friends taking off on a road trip across Spain in itself elicits excitement. To top it off, the beautifully captured experiences of scuba diving, sky diving, La Tomatina festival, and the Pamplona bull run awaken the travel bug. In the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the three friends look forward to this trip because they wanted to change something important in their lives. They weren’t living their lives to the fullest and needed to know themselves better in order to correct that. The trip followed a drill, wherein the three of them decided on an adventure sport. This way, they were unknowingly fighting their coward selves who were too afraid to take risks in life. They learned to be 'fully alive' when all they had to lose were their lives. That is when they started following their hearts. That's the thing about certain places or journeys, they make you discover your own self when you seem lost. And of course, after watching the film - a bachelor's party is just not enough. Step out and hit the roads, friends!
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