Making a choice for B was quite tricky! There’s so much that we love about travel that starts with B.
Beaches, Baklava, Barcelona, Brussels, Belgium Chocolate, Beer, Bread, Books and of course Bollywood.
How does one make a choice from an assorted basket of all things great?
B for Bollywood
Long before Eat Pray Love, Before Sunrise Trilogy, Under The Tuscan Sun, Midnight In Paris happened to me, DDLJ made me think any to catch that train!
For most part of my teens, I believed that I was Geet.
I was Meera.
I was Veera.
I was Tara.
I was that Imtiaz Ali film protagonist whose story was yet to be told. The thought, the emotion, even the characteristics felt similar. The journey was pending.
I grew up with Bollywood. Apart from the amazing 90s cartoons and a wave of Ekta Kapoor’s K-sagas on television, Bollywood was my only gateway to a new world. And hence, Bollywood was destined to be one of the greatest influences in my life. And I accepted it whole-heartedly. I might not have watched as many movies in my school days owing to my boarding school life. But back in Bombay, my teens were all about movies.
That’s where the affair with movies and the lust to wander, slowly but eventually came into being. In retrospect, it’s amazing how my world opened up.
It started with Bollywood films (Hindi films from the 90s and early 2000s). When I started taking films more seriously, I switched from Bollywood to Indian cinema. I started watching films in different Indian languages, even the ones that were old and not appealing at first. I had barely watched Hollywood films while growing up. Not even the popular ones like James Bond or Star Wars. Titanic was probably my first Hollywood film and I am pretty sure that I watched it years after release. Finally, I graduated to world cinema. Even today, I remain a Bollywood buff at heart. I can tell you about the most random films. And I certainly have some very questionable facts and trivia about Bollywood. But I am so happy and grateful that I took this journey.
As a film student, you often get told to re-watch the same film. The idea is to focus and understand a different aspect each time. Watching films, gave me the exposure of exotic destinations- their beauty, their specialty, etc. But it also helped me learn about the difference and similarities in cultures and lifestyle of people.
Little did I realize that these major chunks of information were so subtly being processed by my brain.
Now that I am aware of it, I’m definitely processing these things more consciously. At the cost of being annoying, I often pause a film/show to Google details. Destination, events, food, distance, culture, etc. This makes the experience even more special and enjoyable as I marry my two favorites- travel and entertainment.
Apart from the influence, inspiration and information, what I love about Bollywood is just how much everyone loves it. I’ve made so many conversations, friends, bargains while traveling abroad purely based on people’s love for Bollywood. Tell them about Raj Kapoor, about Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor Khan and you’ll definitely find a fan in the lot. They’ll tell you about the movies they’ve watched and the singing and dancing and drama that they love.
There are days, too many of those when I am amazed by how Bollywood continues to influence my life and travels. Whenever the time may come, I’m convinced that I’ll have Bollywood to my rescue.
Fun fact: The only film that I watched in-flight on my first solo trip was Queen, subconsciously hoping to gather some courage! (too much of a cliché, eh?)
Parampara’s Pick: Bollywood Films That Inspire Me To Travel
On that note, here are my top 5 Bollywood films that make me want to travel:
1. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge : Shah Rukh Khan stretching his hand for Kajol to hop onto that train may have been an iconic moment in Indian Cinema. But it is eventually Amrish Puri saying, “Jaa Simran Jaa… Jeele Apni Zindagi” that rings a bell and makes me want to travel all over again!
2. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: We’ve been there, traveled like Bunny, falling in love with the world each time. We’d do that all over again. And again. AND AGAIN!
3. Queen: Like I mentioned, I was watching Queen on my way to Istanbul, my first solo trip. Just like Rani’s character, the reminder of courage and adventure that this world is, is just what I need to get started with another trip plan.
4. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: C’mmon! After watching ZNMD, we’ve all wanted to take to that Spain trip with our friends. We’ve wanted to go Sky Diving and Scuba Diving and Running with the bulls. I’m only just half way through my list yet.
5. Tamasha: “What happens in Corsica, stays in Corsica!” Meeting a handsome stranger on a tiny French Island? Please take me to Corsica. Also to Shimla, to meet Baba (the storyteller). This is the stuff that travel dreams are made of! Don’t you agree?
We all have a Bollywood story in our lives, one that pushes us in the direction of what we eventually do.
Do you have one of those too?
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