India, one of the world’s biggest countries has inspired many travelers into crazy undertakings. Mark Shand traveled across the country on an elephant, and many a Rickshaw has been driven across the length of this colourful land. The sheer diversity of this country has inspired many a movie director into some wonderful Bollywood travel and roadtrip movies spanning India. Here follows our top 6 of the best Bollywood travel movies of all time:
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Raj is a rich, carefree, happy-go-lucky second generation Non-Resident Indian (NRI). Simran is the daughter of Chaudhary Baldev Singh, who in spite of being an NRI is very strict about adherence to Indian values. The two meet on a month long Eurotrip, and what began as pranks and fun and games, ends in love. But by the time they realize it, it is already too late, as Simran has left for India to be married to her childhood fiancé. Raj leaves for India with a mission at his hands, to claim his lady love under the noses of her whole family. Thus begins a saga
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was ranked by Indiatimes Movies among the “25 Must See Bollywood Films”. It was one of two Hindi films in the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” list along with Mother India. It was also placed twelfth on the British Film Institute’s list of the top Indian films of all time. The film was declared an all-time blockbuster and it remains as the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema. As of 2013, it is still playing at the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai, completing 900 weeks on 11 January 2013
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Life Doesn’t Come Twice)
When talking about the best Bollywood travel and roadtrip movies of all time this movie just can’t be left out!
The story follows three friends, Arjun, Kabir, and Imraan who have been inseparable since childhood. They set off to Spain on a bachelor road trip around Spain where, to confirm their long-standing pact, each of them will have to pick an adventure sport, which all three will try together. Initially, Arjun is reluctant to take part in the trip due to his workaholism and obsession with money.
Kabir reveals that he has chosen deep sea diving as their first sport which turns in quite the adventure for Arjun, who cannot swim and is aquaphobic. Upon a request by Laila, their diving instructor, they attend the La Tomatina festival held in Buñol.
Next the trio visit Seville, where, after some standard Bollywood love entanglements, they go for sky diving, as per Arjun’s choice. During the task, Imraan is forced to confront his acrophobia and hesitates to take part. However, they complete it without any obstacles. After skydiving, the three men go to a bar and get into a fight with a stranger on whom they had tried to pull a prank. They are jailed after the fight. Salman bails them out and takes them to his home.
Next the trio leave for the ‘running with the bulls’ event in Pamplona, which was Imraan’s choice. On the morning of the bull run, Imraan suggests they make a pact to make a promise if they survive the event. Imraan vows to publish his poetry (he was secretly a poet), Arjun vows to go to Morocco with Laila, and Kabir promises to tell Natasha that he is not ready to marry her. As they complete the event, the friends gain a renewed sense of their relationships with each other, with others they know, and with themselves.
Chalo Dilli (Let’s go to Delhi)
A real Bollywood travel and roadtrip movies classic.
Let’s go to Delhi is a 2011 Indian film directed by Shashant Shah partially based on the 2010 American film Due Date. Mihika Banerjee (Lara Dutta), a successful investment banker living in Mumbai, who misses her flight to Delhi and needs to get there any way possible to meet her husband, Lt. Col. Vikram Rathore (Akshay Kumar). She meets Manu Gupta (Vinay Pathak) and they embark on a road trip together to Delhi. They go by road and train and the audience gets a chance to see the colours of India seeing both the large urban conglomerations and the small rural areas that make up India.
It is a real road-movie showing a lot of the diverse country that India is.
To make the list of the best Bollywood travel and roadtrip movies this film did well with its title choice: Road, Movie. Simple but strong!
Directed by Dev Benegal, this one wins hearts due to its unusual take on travel. Replete with wonderful backdrops and crisp narration, this one is not to be missed!
Vishnu (Abhay Deol), a restless young man, itches to escape his father’s faltering hair oil business. An old truck beckons, which, Vishnu sees as his ticket to freedom. He offers to drive the 1942 Chevy across the desert to the sea, where it has been sold to a local museum. As he sets off across the harsh terrain of desert India, he discovers he’s not merely transporting a battered vehicle but an old touring cinema.
Along the way, Vishnu reluctantly picks up a young runaway (Mohammed Faizal Usmani), a wandering old entertainer (Satish Kaushik) and a striking gypsy woman (Tannishtha Chatterjee). Together they roam the barren lands, searching for water and an elusive fair. The journey turns dire when they are waylaid by corrupt cops and a notorious water lord.
The key to their freedom is the eccentric collection of films and the two forty-year-old film projectors in the back of the truck.
The journey proves transformative for each of the travelers, but especially for Vishnu who discovers life, love and laughter on the Indian highway
Bombay to Goa (1972)
It is impossible to miss this one film starring a very young Amitabh Bachchan, full with a crazy ensemble of characters and inimitable comic moments.
The lives of Atmaram and his wife are turned upside down when they see their daughter, Mala’s pictures in a magazine. They arrange for Mala’s marriage with the son of Ramlal. Mala is opposed to marrying anyone who she has not met.
Mala is not able to understand her parents’ opposition on her way to fame, and runs away from home with a lot of money. She boards a bus from Bombay which is bound for Goa. Here Mala meets Ravikumar, who not only protects her, but also accompanies her throughout the journey. Mala starts to trust and subsequently fall in love with Ravikumar. The bus journey is adventurous with the passengers, a totally mixed bunch, from all over India, different religions, cultures, and faiths, all thrown together for this journey.
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
The story is about six couples, who are on their honeymoon with the Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. bus and their trials and tribulations during their to Goa.
More Bollywood road trip movies…
If you know of other great Bollywood road trip movies please add them in the comments. Always keen to see another good Indian travel movie…