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Bollywood loves to holiday in Goa!

November 30, 2015 09:02 IST
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A look at all the times Goa played Bollywood's favourite getaway on screen.

Image: Rajshri Deshpande, Pavleen Gujral, Anushka Manchanda and Sandhya Mridul in Angry Indian Goddesses

Switzerland may be the destination for their dreams but Goa is where the hero-heroine head to holiday.

If the likes of Trikaal, Saagar, Guzaarish or Finding Fanny are essentially Goa stories focusing on local characters, there are abundant occasions where folks visit the land of sea, sand and sunsets to explore its renowned beauty.

In Pan Nalin's Angry Indian Goddesses, voted first runners-up for the Grolsch People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, a bride-to-be arrives at her old house in Goa with a bunch of friends to celebrate a bachelorette weekend.

On that note, here's a look at all the times Goa played Bollywood's favourite getaway on screen.


Dil Chahta Hai

Image: Akshaye Khanna, Aamir Khan and Saif Ali Khan

One of the most comforting and definitive takes on friendship; Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai packs in fresh, pleasant imagery. Especially that of Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna's impulsive, eventful trip to Goa.

Remember the beloved troika of Akash, Sid and Sameer biking all around its gorgeous green countryside?


Or a serene sail over calm aqua waters aboard a striking yacht?

And, of course, this iconic, hugely copied pose/picture of the BFFs at Chapora fort.

Read the review here.



Image: Dino Morea and Onjolee Nair on the poster of Holiday

In Pooja Bhatt's Dirty Dancing rip-off, a doctor, his wife and their two young daughters come to Goa to do as the title suggests. One of his girls falls for a dance instructor leading up to many a salsa on the sand sessions.

Not a great movie by any standards, the scenic beauty provided by good ol' Goa is Holiday's only saving grace.

Read the review here.


Honeymoon Travels PVT LTD

Image: Abhay Deol and Minissha Lamba in Honeymoon Travels PVT LTD

Six newly wedded couples take a bus to India's best-known paradise to enjoy their honeymoon in Reema Kagti's directorial debut.

And while they discover each other's secrets, insecurities, differences and super powers, audiences enjoy a generous helping of Goa tourism.

Read the review here.


Go Goa Gone

Image: Saif Ali Khan in Go Goa Gone

Things go completely awry while vacationing in Goa for Kunal Khemmu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari in Raj and DK's zom-com, a zombie comedy about creepy flesh-feasting creatures infesting the rave parties and lush greens of the state.

It's a unique sight to see one of the most blissful places form the site of mass-scale gore and destruction.

Read the review here.


Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl

Image: Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl

What's the point of revenge if you can't have a little fun?

And that's precisely what Anushka Sharma and the band of ladies she's hired by to break Ranveer Singh's heart proves while out and about of breezy Goa in Maneesh Sharma's follow-up to Band Baaja Baaraat.

From water sports to church trips, this one has it all.

Read the review here.


Pyaar Ka Punchnama

Image: Raayo S Bakhirta, Kartik Aaryan, Divyendu Sharma in Pyaar Ka Punchnama

The sequel carried the action to Thailand but it all began on home turf wherein three guys have a tough time around the girls they've fallen for. And what's a buddy movie without a mandatory retreat in Goa?

Rampant in sexist humour and misogyny, Pyaar Ka Punchnama has its share of detractors and defendants.

Read the review here.


Singh is Bliing

Image Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson and Lara Dutta in Singh is Bliing

He's in Goa to work, she's in Goa for a break but life is mostly a picnic for Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson and their goofy go-between Lara Dutta in Singh is Bliing.

One can catch their comic antics around the breathtaking beaches and forts of this coastal city.

Read the reviews here: Raja Sen / Sukanya Verma


Bride and Prejudice

Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Daniel Gillies in Bride and Prejudice

In Gurinder Chadha's Indianised take on Jane Austen's Victorian romance, Pride and Prejudice, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays the spirited Elizabeth Bennet deceived by Daniel Gillies' charms and perplexed by Martin Henderson's reserve.

Other than Amritsar, US and UK, a part of the story travels to Goa and its grand beaches where the attraction between Ash and Gillies as well as her and Henderson is cemented.

Read the review here.


Socha Na Tha

Image: Ayesha Takia in Socha Na Tha

Nothing like a quickie vacation in Goa for those living in Mumbai, travel enthusiast Imtiaz Ali knows this better than anyone.

In his first film, Socha Na Tha he creates a scenario wherein Ayesha Takia accompanies Abhay Deol to Goa-themed escape with friends to facilitate his friendship with another girl but end up falling for each other.

Read the review here.


Afsana Pyaar Ka

Image: Aamir Khan and Neelam in Afsana Pyaar Ka

Again, the romantic ambiance of Goa plays cupid for Aamir Khan and Neelam after they kiss and make up during a college trip to the seaside locale.

What's got our attention the most is Aamir's silly beach outfit.



Image: Rati Agnihotri, Ashok Kumar, AK Hangal and Utpal Dutt in Shaukeen

Three oldies hightail Goa-wards on their driver's insistence to have a good time and fan their dormant fantasies at India's eternally hot and happening destination.

What follows is nothing short of hilarious but it's sure fun to see Ashok Kumar, A K Hangal and Utpal Dutt make their royal fool trying to chase the swimsuit-clad hottie Rati Agnihotri in the droll Shaukeen.

Read the review here.

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