Movies are dream factories that transport you to unknown lands and add to the already existing travel cravings. With stunning cinematography to incredible storytelling, some movies make your feet itch to wander around the world.
And if you are planning a trip to India these seven movies are a must-see. They will not only introduce you to the dazzling Indian culture but also take you through the Indian way of life, community stories and astounding landscapes.
Let the cinematic brilliance of these flicks inspire you to travel to India!
1) Lunch Box
If you are a foodie then this movie will not only satiate your hunger pangs but also introduce you to the most impressive food delivery system in the world, “The Dabbawalas,” that encapsulate the spirit of the city of Mumbai.
Simple storytelling and with evocative characters, this movie takes you through the life of two strangers who come together thanks to a lucky mistake by the brilliant lunchbox delivery system in Mumbai. What makes it even more special, is that The Dabbawalas and their incredible service has been studied and praised by institutions like Harvard Business School. And they were also invited to the wedding of Prince Charles. Do we say more why this movie must be watched?
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2) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Rajasthan and its fairytale palaces and forts have allured travellers all over the globe. And this movie takes you through the stunning Pink City of Jaipur and its charming vibe.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tells the story of a small group of British retirees who, for various reasons, decide to live their retirement years in a hotel in India run by a local, a character played by Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire fame.
With a sparkling cast of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and more, this movie allows you to sink into the vibrant city of Jaipur and the challenges faced by the characters as they embrace their new home.
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3) The Jungle Book
While India is known for its rich heritage and culture, one cannot leave behind the wilderness that is nestled within its borders.
India boasts of some magnificent national parks and Jungle Book gives you a peek into what awaits you within the lush jungles of India. Jon Favreau’s masterpiece brings back all the childhood memories of the original movie.
Did you know the production travelled to around 1,000 remote jungle locations in India to photograph them and use them as reference for post-production. And when you see the movie the spectacular jungles come alive in every scene. Jungle Book will surely stir your senses and make you book a jungle safari on your next visit to India.
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4) Monsoon Wedding
When one talks about India, there is no way one does not think about the loud and vibrant world of Indian weddings.
And Monsoon Wedding does an excellent job to take the viewer into the heart of an Indian wedding and all its fanfare. The film takes place in the capital city of Delhi and is an intricately woven script of romance and family drama with an exuberant backdrop of a traditional Punjabi wedding.
It is a delightful watch and a good introduction to your own exploration of Delhi.
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5) The Darjeeling Limited
This movie introduces travellers to the mighty trains that are the lifeline of India.
It is a film about three estranged brothers coming to terms with life, death, and abandonment while on a trip through India. As the train takes centre-stage here, the story delves into India’s marketplaces, temples, backwoods right up to the foot of the Himalayas. This one is like a meditation on life’s profound journey through travel.
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6) Life of Pi
This resilient tale of survival between a man and a beast, created by Ang Lee is truly breath-taking.
A young man’s journey on sea with a Bengal Tiger for companionship after his ship capsizes is not just incredible but also heartwarming. What makes it a charming watch is the first act of the movie shot in the quaint town of Puducherry in Tamil Nadu. It is in this town you see a blend of French colonial and Indian culture, a perfect place to explore for any traveller wandering in India.
The French quarter with villas adorned with bougainvillea, the Tamil quarter with hints of traditional architecture and the frenetic grand bazaar, takes one through the pulse of this quirky town.
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7) Monsoon 2014
Monsoons are a respite in the hot and humid climate of India. And this movie is a visually stunning account on the annual rains that descend upon India and its impact on Indian society, economy, agriculture and individual lives.
This one is a powerful emotional journey as the director speaks to experts and locals as they anticipate this beautiful season.
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