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10 Famous Movies That Captured The Quirky Beauty Of Goa

By Bineka Sadhnani Baksani on Jan 10, 2020
Themes:  Beach Holidays  Interesting Facts  | Category: Exclusive Blogs | Country:  India

Goa is a one-stop solution for the perfect holiday in India. You don’t need a reason to visit this beautiful place. Goa is the best place to retreat if you are seeking a solo trip or planning to spend a memorable time with your better half. There’s nothing that you cannot celebrate in the land of beaches, beers, and music with the right Goa Tour Package.

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Goa is majorly divided into two parts, North Goa and South Goa and they aren’t very far from each other. If you are looking to relax, want to book a luxurious hotel or a villa, sit by your private pool or enjoy the sunset view indoors or at the beach, South Goa is your best option. It is relatively peaceful, lavish, and culturally closer, with a lot of families as tourists. North Goa is the opposite of quiet and calm. Known for its insane party scenes, bustling lanes, shopping markets, casinos, and crowded beaches, North Goa is where all the fun begins and refuses to end.

It is no wonder that Goa has been a preferred location for a lot of Bollywood movies. Here is a list of 10 famous movies that captured the quirky beauty of Goa.

1. Dil Chahta Hain (2001)

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The path-breaking movie of its time, in fact, a movie which still holds a special place in the mind of every 90’s kid, a movie which highlighted Chapora fort like never before, Dil Chahta Hain was the first of its kind and director Farah Akhtar won many awards for this brilliant piece of art. The plot surrounded a road trip to Goa by three best friends who are absolutely different from each other, the movie celebrates friendship, relationships and the beauty of complexities in them. A sequence in this movie was shot at Chapora Fort which made the fort so famous that since the movie, it is also marked as the Dil Chahta Hain fort. Anyone who has seen the movie and been to the fort after that with their friends, wouldn’t have missed clicking a picture in the same pose as the movie reflects. After watching this movie one realizes that the best time to visit Goa is anytime as long as you have your friends, a car with fuel and a lot of memory space in your phone for pictures.

2. Guzaarish (2010)

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With Guzaarish, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali takes his audience back in time when Goa was less crowded with tourists, basking in its culture, soft, mellow, beautiful. This movie truly embraces the Portugal culture of Goa, right from the costumes, to the cars, the location and even the chorus and the background music is all aligned with the theme. The movie revolves around a world-famous magician who after having an accident suffers from severe physical disabilities and pleas for euthanasia in the Indian court. The movie does not fail to give its audience the perfect feeling of literally sitting in a Portugal mansion. The Villa Mascaren is shown as a typical Portuguese mansion which is a house that resembles a church, the pristine beaches, the green fields, the spacious grounds; everything has Goa embedded in it. Far away from the hip, party culture of Goa, this movie makes you want to book a Goa tour package that focuses just on art and history of Goa.

3. Dear Zindagi (2016)

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Director Gauri Shinde gave to Bollywood the much needed meaningful cinema with this beautiful, sensitively treated film, Dear Zindagi which was shot in Goa. After some twists and turns in her career and relationships, the lead character of the film Kaira decides to see Dr. Jehangir Khan, a psychologist who uses unconventional but sensitive methods to help her. Goa plays a role in this movie with its beautiful, calming locations, the famous church Salvador Do Mundo, the Morjim beach, the farms and Parra roads flanked by coconut trees are used to offer an almost therapeutic vibe in the movie. The millennials relate to this movie, not just because of the issues that it talks about but also because Goa is shown in a different light, calming, relaxing and growing space against the busy cities and skyscrapers.

4. Dum Maaro Dum (2011)

Directed by Rohan Sippy in 2011, Dum Maaro Dum is a crime film set in the Arpora Market capturing the real crowd during the day time making the film more real in terms of the location and culture. The movie presents an unadulterated version of Goa against the one that is generally endorsed. The movie talks about the drug cartel that works in Goa and the rave party scenes that people choose to not talk about. Despite the dark plot of the movie, one does feel like visiting Goa if not for anything but to visit Curlies and other clubs by the beach.

5. Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd (2007)

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Famous for its entertaining songs and offbeat theme, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd was the debut movie of Reema Kagti as a Bollywood director. The movie focuses on the six newlywed couples who have booked a Goa honeymoon package with a travel agency and as the movie moves forward, every couple discovers something new about each other. The movie highlights multiple attractions including Fort Aguada, the Corjuem Fort, a military defense fortress, Dona Paula, and Our Lady of Mount Chapel.

6. The Golmaal Series (2006-2010)

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One of the highest-earning movie series in Bollywood is shot in Goa. The Golmaal series created a riot of laughter as it kicked off in 2006. Rohit Shetty, the director of the film hasn’t changed the location in the movie plot and Goa remains in the center of all the comic chaos that takes place. There have been people who have rightfully critiqued and shown displeasure towards the comic and ungraceful treatment of disabilities and homosexuality in the series. However, the movie incorporates the fun side of Goa with the beaches, water sports, bars, yachts, and pubs. Old GMC Complex, Fort Aguada and Dona Paula Beach are where some of the important parts of the films were shot.

7. Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)

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One of the first movies to show Goa as it is, Ek Duuje Ke liye won several awards for a dramatic story, strong screenplay and refreshing songs. But that’s not the only thing that was noticed by the audience, the shoot locations such as Patto bridge, Dona Paula jetty, Shantadurga temple, and the Harvalem Waterfalls were visited by a lot of tourists after the movie, in fact, these places are still famous for being a part of this classic.

8. Singham (2011)

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Another Rohit Shetty film that has Goa at its center is Singham, an action-drama film revolving around the story of an honest cop who takes it up to clean the corrupted government system and catch the most-wanted criminal. Dona Paula Jetty of Goa is yet again used for an action sequence which was remarkable.

9. Finding Fanny (2014)

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Finding Fanny will make you want to book a Goa tour package at the earliest and soon you will find yourself making a list of things to do in Goa. Homi Adjania with Finding Fanny shows the audience the unspoiled and fresh Goa. With glimpses of Parra, Cortalim, Aldona, Assagao, Saligao and Socorro in this film, the director makes sure that the audience gets an entire feel of the state, right from the costumes to art to the location everything is well researched and craftily presented to the audience.

10. Go Goa Gone (2015)

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A film where Goa itself is a character, Go Goa Gone reflects on the drug addiction and the party life of Goa. It has an interesting and offbeat feel to it especially with the Zombies as a part of the script. This movie takes you to the neon lights by the beach, the white dresses in the clubs and the never asleep part of Goa.

It is not for nothing that some wonderful directors have tried to capture the beauty of Goa in their films. This one state has so many shades to itself that each time you visit Goa, you’ll discover something new.

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