Be it the snow-kissed Swiss Alps or the enchanting Pangong Tso Lake in Leh, our Bollywood filmmakers want to experience it all, through their movies. Sometimes, it so happens that despite an awesome star cast, exotic locations in the film are what win the audiences hearts. Today, destination are no more looked at as only a location for a song or a scene. Trips have become an intrinsic part of the plot. Listed below are a few films that have promoted tourism in a big way.
One can never forget the lake scene in the movie when Kareena Kapoor, dressed in a bridal attire, rides a scooter towards Aamir Khan to confess her love. Apparently, that year, after the release of the film, travel based companies received millions of inquiries on packages to Ladakh, especially to visit the ‘blue lake’ they saw in the movie.
Dil Chahta Hai
The Goa-Mumbai highway was never that thrilling until the film hit screens in 2001. The beach city Goa was packed with Indian tourists, especially youth, that year. The whole concept of road trips suddenly became very cool. According to reports, there was an increase of traffic on NH 17 (Mumbai-Goa Highway) after the movie’s release.
Bachna Ae Haseeno
Remember the beautiful locales in the film, from Sydney, Venice to Switzerland? It is heard that travel companies in India and Italy joined hands to launch special packages to Italy to promote Bachna Ae Haseeno in association with the film’s production house.
Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai
KNPH, which marked the debut of Hrithik Roshan and Amisha Patel in Bollywood and also made both the actors superstars overnight, was mostly shot in attractive locales of New Zealand, which recorded a five-fold increase in tourist traffic from India after the films release in 2000.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Spain was not very well explored in Bollywood until ZNMD happened. This one movie promoted the country’s tourism a big way. Tourism companies were flooded was inquires about the Bull fight and Tomatina festivals that take place every year in Spain.