12 Movies Showcasing The Great Indian Road Journeys

The Darjeeling Limited


The Darjeeling Limited is an adventure and comedy drama based on the reunion of three brother after the funeral of their father and their journey to India in search of their mother. The film is directed by Wes Anderson and its character played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman. It rolls from the scenes of the Himalaya in the hilly set of Udaipur to the streets of Jodhpur.




Alia Bhat comes out as an ideal example beyond the social message of the Stockholm Syndrome towards Randeep Hooda her captor. More than a love story that develops while they are on the go, it is more about self-identification, self-realization and the sense of independence that travel can introduce in to one.


A Passage to India


The picture revolves around the Independence Movement of India. A Passage to India, directed by David Lean has a plot that dates back to 1920 where the drama and adventure plays hide and seek in this historical flick from an ocean cruise of England to India and wheels through the set of a quaint city of Bankipur, which is in real a suburb of Patna and thereafter navigates to the set of Barabar Caves, which is in real located in the Jehanabad District of Bihar, India.

Most of the scenes in the film were shot on a higher altitude location close to Bangalore. Other scenes were filmed in Ramanagaram, with some interiors shot at Shepperton Studios in Surrey. The film focuses on the journey of Adela and Mrs. Moore, two English ladies, with an Indian, Aziz. Other than Adela and Mrs. Moore played by Judy Davis

and Peggy Ashcroft, the character of Aziz was played by Victor Banerjee, one of the Indian veteran actors.




Trishna is based on the novel ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’, is one of the Hollywood women oriented flicks that documents the life of a woman in India. Trishna, whose life is marred by the restrictions that social subjugation of women brings upon her in India, and how social fabric can challenge love, life, and her development as an individual to rise above all the odds in addressing and coming up with her own say. The movie displays the conflict between the contemporary Rajasthani culture and age old stagnant traditions that do not relate anymore to today’s society and depicts a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, urbanisation and, above all, education. The movie gives the perfect aroma of rural and urban Rajasthan as well as Mumbai glamour.


Eat Pray Love


A woman centered Hollywood movie, Eat Pray Love, directed by Ryan Murphy, reels the character of a divorced and lonely lady, who arrived India in search of spirituality. You see little of the real India from her journey that displays a glimpse of the bustling city of Delhi and thereafter the quaint and rural atmosphere of Pataudi, Haryana. The movie also gives a traditional flavour of Indian wedding and culture.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


This multi – actor movie, which is directed by John Madden, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is one of the best movies based on travelling in India by western visitors who wander to this land in search of spiritual seeking and royal eloquence. The movie is shot mainly in the two heritage cities of Jaipur and Udaipur. It moves through the royal chapters of the pink city and steers to the lake city of Udaipur. Portraying the glimpses of the Amer Fort and Kanota Fort while on the way and wheels through the rural ambiance of Kishangarh, which is an outskirt of Jaipur, and an outskirt of Udaipur, Khempur. Scenes were also shot in Lake Palace Hotel at Lake Pichola and Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur.


Bombay to Goa

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One of the famed adventures – comedy bollywood movies directed by S. Ramanathan and starred by the best actors of their times Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Aruna Irani and Mehmood, Bombay to Goa still hits the mind of Indian bollywood easy going mindset. The story of the road journey on a bus reels on the fictional character of Mala who escaped from her marriage and was chased by Sharma and Verma. Ravi Kumar, the character played by Amitabh Bachchan, tries to protect Mala and also accompanies her throughout the journey.


Samsara (2001)


Samsara is a 2001 independent Indian/Italian/French/German film, shot in the wilderness of Ladakh which tells the story of a Buddhist monk’s quest to find enlightenment and the many ordeals he faces in the path and ultimately closes with the revelation that whichever life you chose just complete your duties fully to become independent from it. The film was directed by Pan Nali and character of Tashi and Pema was played by Shawn Ku, and Christy Chung. It was directed by Pan Nalin and written by Pan and Tim Baker.

The film’s plot is inspired from the story of the sage Vishvamitra and the Apsara Menaka. Samsara was awarded “Audience Award for The Most Popular Film” by the 51st Melbourne International Film Festival, among other awards from other festivals, and made it to top ten films in Italy and France.


Blue Skies, Green Waters, Red Earth (Malayalam Thriller Road Movie)

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In original Malayalam dialect Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi is a 2013 thriller road movie directed and co-produced by Sameer Thahir and written by Hashir Muhammad. The film features Dulquer Salmaan, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Sunny Wayne and tells the story of two men who decided to ride their bike to Nagaland in search of his lost girlfriend.

The film began shooting in the north-eastern state of Nagaland in February 2013 and completed its shoot in June 2013 and was shot at real locations in seven Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal, Nagaland and Sikkim. The movie revolves around two college students who go on a road trip to Nagaland from Kerala and their experiences explaining the complex socio-cultural environment of India, including the hostilities that it bears due to mass infiltration and religious intolerances.


Chalo Dilli

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Chalo Dilli(Let’s Go to Delhi) is a 2011 Indian Comedy film directed by Shashant Shah. It features Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak. The story revolves around Mihika Banerjee(Lara Dutta), a successful investment banker living in Mumbai, who misses her flight to Delhi and needs to get there any possible way to meet her husband, Lt. Col. Vikram Rana (Akshay Kumar). She meets Manu Gupta(Vinay Pathak) and decide to travel together as they discover the colours of India in their journey to Delhi. They go by road and train and the audience gets a chance to see both the large urban conglomerations and the small rural areas that make up to the India we know today. During the journey, Mihika experiences various difficulties which she has never encountered in her high class life. When Mihika’s money is stolen while she is buying a train ticket, she is forced to travel with Manu in the ordinary class in Jhunjhunu District. Thus the film revolves around Mihika’s and Manu’s journey amidst difficulties.


Road, Movie


This is one Movie which is truly about Road and compels its viewer to not blink even for a second. Well the taste of your’s for this kind of film do matters a lot. Road, Movie is a 2009 Indian travel movie directed by Dev Benegal, starring Abhay Deol, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Satish Kaushik. Our lead protagonist Vishnu (Abhay Deol), is a restless young man, reluctantly wants to escape his father’s faltering hair oil business. When an old truck beckons, offers Vishnu to drive the 1942 Chevy across the desert to the sea, where it has been sold to a local museum he sees it as his ticket to freedom. 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 world.

Along the way, he teams us reluctantly with a young runaway (Mohammed Faizal Usmani), a wandering old entertainer (Satish Kaushik) and a beautiful gypsy woman (Tannishtha Chatterjee). Together they roam in the barren lands, searching for water and an elusive fair which they alas reach. The only thing that appears to be the key to their freedom is the eccentric collection of films and the 240 years-old film projectors in the back of their truck.


Pather Panchali


In a style that most people related to as a style copied from Orson Welles, some Stanley Kubrick, others Kurosawa, but Satyajit Ray, outsmarts everyone in his Directorial Debut in the uniqueness of cinematography and storytelling in the historical film (budget was purportedly $3,000) Pather Panchali, which means “Song of the Road. It is a study of rural Bengali family life in India in the beginning of the 20th century. It is perhaps the most sensitive and true-to-life film one would see. A lyrical masterpiece, and the first of the three Apu Trilogy films that also includes Aparajito and Apur Sansar. What is best to see is the utter simplicity of the characters, village life to whom one would be able to directly relate to.

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