Over the years we have classified films into various genres - Romantic, Comedy, Action, Horror, etc. One genre that has caught pace with others and yet remains underrated is, Travel. Films based on a road trip or a cruise trip often appeal to the audience. It could be because these films indirectly make you a part of their journey while you are sitting in the comfort of your home or theatre. Karwaan which released last week beautifully epitomizes road trip with a rollercoaster plotline. Let's look at a few other films which have successfully implemented the road trip formula successfully:
1. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Even though this is a Bollywood film, it can be easily passed off as a promotional film for Spain Tourism. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, ZNMD, as it is famously known, is a perfect salute to friendship. A fun bachelor road trip by three best friends through Spain, ZNMD beautiful shows the highs and lows of their relationship. Backed with a fresh and catchy soundtrack, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, will make you drool over Spain.
2. Dil Chahta Hai
If Spain saw a rise in Indian tourists post the release of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Goa experienced the same post Dil Chahta Hai. The title track of the film is brilliantly superimposed on the drive to Goa. In the movie, Aamir Khan lands up in Saif Ali Khan’s house around midnight and asks him to get ready. When Saif asks him where are they going, Aamir says, “Goa”. Isn’t that how Goa plans are generally made? Almost abruptly.
Not a typical happy go lucky film on a road trip, Highway is more about finding inner peace and freedom. In the film, Alia Bhatt is abducted from a petrol pump off a highway near Delhi. During her captivity, she is continuously moved through different cities to avoid the cops. Through her ordeal, she not only gets the chance to experience life and find herself but also develops Stockholm Syndrome towards her kidnapper.
This film along with catering to the genre of road trip also throws light on the father-daughter relationship, one that we seldom see. Piku, played by Deepika Padukone, is keen on selling her ancestral home in Kolkata. Her father, Amitabh Bachchan, disapproves and decides to travel to Kolkata from Delhi. He has problems relating to chronic constipation and thus chooses to go by road. Joined by Irrfan Khan as their driver, the journey tests the patience levels of the three protagonists against each other. Amitabh Bachchan cycling through the streets of Kolkata in the end will bring a smile to your face.