This week, in India, getting out and exploring anything is like a crime. Or better, not on your list at all. With the novel coronavirus outbreak, travelling is majorly being discouraged. All public transport system has been cancelled and self-quarantine for the period of 14 days has been advised by health officials. For the uninitiated, self-quarantine involves individuals or families staying within their homes and avoiding any physical contact with those outside. Quarantine also means not going to work, classes, malls, events or any other social gatherings. And well, as far as travel is concerned … ekdom na, zero, no. So switch on your streaming services put on your pyjama, get that plate of badam bhaja play these movies and binge! Here is the list of 20 bengali movies comes in the list of best bengali travel movies.
1. Tintorettor Jishu
Tintorettor Jishu (Tintoretto’s Jesus) is a 2008 Indian Bengali thriller film directed by Sandip Ray based on the story of the same name by Satyajit Ray. Tintorettor Jishu has many shooting locations. The film starts off with Jhargram (Baikunthapur in the book) before moving to Calcutta, Bilaspur and Kawardha in Chhattisgarh (Bhagwangarh), back to Calcutta and finally Hong Kong.
Rangbaaz is an Indian Bengali action comedy film directed by Raja Chanda. The film stars Dev and Koel Mallick in lead roles. Koel and Dev shoot this film in exotic locales in Europe and Bangkok.
3. Challenge 2
Challenge 2 is a 2012 Indian Bengali action comedy film directed by Raja Chanda starring Dev and Pooja Bose in lead roles. Major parts of the movie were shot in Malaysia, Dubai and Mumbai besides Kolkata.
4. Chander Pahar
Chander Pahar (Mountains of the Moon ) is a 2013 Indian Bengali-language action-adventure film based on novel Chander Pahar by Bengali novelist Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, directed by Kamaleshwar Mukherjee under the banner of Shree Venkatesh Films. It features Bengali actor Dev in the lead role as Shankar. Chander Pahar was filmed for 45 days in South Africa.
For the filming of Chander Pahar, the team camped at places in South Africa for 45 days. Some places near Johannesburg were finalised. Other places where filming took place include the jungles of Mpumalanga, Elands River valley, Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park, mountains of Drakensberg and the Kalahari Desert. The film was also shot in Kenya and Uganda. Locations within West Bengal include Bolpur, where the portions of Shankar’s village and home were shot.
5. Amazon Obhijaan
Amazon Obhijaan (The Amazon expedition) is a 2017 Indian Bengali action-adventure film written and directed by Kamaleshwar Mukherjee and produced Shree Venkatesh Films. Starring Dev in the lead role of Shankar, it is the sequel to 2013 film. The film revolves around Shankar, an adventurer who along with a lady and her father travels the Amazon in search of the City of Gold, El Dorado. To start with, the film has been shot in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.
6. Professor Shanku O El Dorado
Professor Shanku O El Dorado (Professor Shanku and El Dorado) is a Bengali science fiction drama film directed by Sandip Ray based on Nukur Babu O El Dorado, a story of Satyajit Ray. Dhritiman Chatterjee portrayed the central character character of Professor Shanku. Film on professor Shonku largely shot in Brazil, in the jungles of Amazon and Sao Paulo.
7. Mishawr Rawhoshyo
Mishawr Rawhoshyo is a 2013 Indian adventure thriller film directed by Srijit Mukherji, based on the fictional character Kakababu created by Sunil Gangopadhyay. It stars Prosenjit Chatterjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Swastika Mukherjee, Aryann Bhowmik and many others. The plot revolves around a hieroglyphic trail that leads the character to Egypt and underneath a pyramid. Filming took place in Cairo, Egypt and Delhi in early 2013.
8. Yeti Obhijaan
Yeti Obhijaan (Yeti Adventures) is an Indian Bengali adventure thriller film directed by Srijit Mukherji and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. The film stars Prosenjit Chatterjee and Aryann Bhowmik in lead roles. Kakababu and Sontu will unravel the mystery of the legendary beast, the Yeti (Snowman) in this film. The film was shot in India and Switzerland.
9. Bye Bye Bangkok
Bye Bye Bangkok is a 2011 Bengali comedy film, directed by Aniket Chattopadhyay. It featured Swastika Mukherjee, Rajesh Sharma, Silajit Majumder, Rudranil Ghosh, Kharaj Mukherjee, Anjana Basu, Locket Chatterjee, Sonali Chowdhury, Kanchan Mullick, Kanchana Maitra, Neel Mukherjee, Rajatava Dutta and others. The film was shot in Bangkok and Kolkata.
10. Paglu 2
Paglu 2 is a 2012 Indian Bengali romantic comedy film directed by Sujit Mondal starring Dev and Koel Mallick in lead roles. A major portion of this movie has been shot in Dubai.
11. Chalo Let’s Go
Chalo Let’s Go is a 2008 Indian movie in Bengali starring Ritwick Chakraborty, Rudranil Ghosh, Saswata Chatterjee and Parambrata Chatterjee, written and directed by Anjan Dutt. The lush visuals of Kalimpong, Darjeeling and the lazily flowing Teesta make this Anjan Dutt directorial a visual pleasure. As the characters wind his way up to the queen of hill stations, the exhilarating North Bengal beauty keeps us glued to the screen.
12. Chha-e Chhuti
Chha-e Chhuti (2009) is an Indian Bengali Comedy drama film directed by Aniket Chattopadhyay. A technician’s accidental death leads to a workers’ union’s strike for a week. Few television actors with their director go to a trip to an outcast sea side to spend the week. One senior artist Benu suggests the place with accommodation. While the team is staying there one short tempered actor Kunal slaps the caretaker Parash and he dies. All become confuse for such mishap and try to hide everything but police suspect them all.
Khaad (The Abyss) is a 2014 Indian Bengali film directed by Kaushik Ganguly. It’s about a story of a group of people trying to make-out alive of a situation that tests their strength, patience and resilience. A simple story revolving around a team of travellers who are stranded in a deserted forest as their bus suddenly falls into the cliff (Khaad in Bengali) takes a surprising turn as the film progresses. The travellers who are strangers to each other initially turn out to be each others’ confidants, barring the physical and religious disparities between them.
14. Cross Connection
Cross Connection is a 2009 Indian Bengali film directed by Sudeshna Roy and Abhijit Guha. Cross connection deals with Imon’s three loves, Aakash’s three loves, Piya’s switches and Vicky’s intentions. This is a love story where egos clash to raise a laugh. The audience can even relate to the holiday sequence at the beaches of Mandarmani. We all look for the loopholes in our daily life to breathe a fresh air and the way ‘Cross Connection’s narrative introduces the sudden holiday trip, it’s quite relatable.
15. Sonar Kella
My favourite one Sonar Kella, is a 1971 mystery novel by Bengali writer and filmmaker Satyajit Ray. In 1974, Ray directed a film adaption of the book, also named Sonar Kella, starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Santosh Dutta, Siddartha Chatterjee and Kushal Chakraborty. Film was shot in Rajasthan and Kolkata.
16. Badsahi Angti
Badshahi Angti (The Emperor’s Ring) is a 2014 Bengali thriller film directed by Sandip Ray, based on the novel of the same name by Satyajit Ray, starring Abir Chatterjee and Sourav Das as Feluda and Topse respectively. It is the first film which stars Abir Chatterjee as Feluda. Film shot at Lucknow, Laxmanjhula and Rishikesh.
17. Bombaiyer Bombete
Bombaiyer Bombete is a 2003 Indian Bengali thriller film directed by Sandip Ray and based on the story of the same name by Satyajit Ray. Lalmohan Ganguly, alias Jatayu − a sidekick of Feluda − gets invited to Mumbai (previously Bombay) to watch the shooting of a film based on a novel written by him, Bombaiyer Bombete. His old friend of Garpar road, Pulak Ghoshal (Paran Bandyopadhyay), is the director. Feluda and Topshe accompany him.And the film starts.
18. Kailashye Kelenkari
Kailashey Kelenkari is an Indian Bengali thriller film directed by Sandip Ray based on the novel of the same name by Satyajit Ray. Satyajit Ray visited the famous Ellora Caves near Aurangabad around 1940−41. Ray was so fascinated with the beauty of the Kailash Temple and the caves that he was inspired by it when he penned his crime thriller Kailashe Kelenkari.
19. Royal Bengal Rohosya
Royal Bengal Rahashya is a 2011 Indian Bengali thriller film directed by Sandip Ray based on the novel of the same name by Satyajit Ray. The film version of the book was made by Sandip Ray with the earlier cast of the leading characters. Film shot in Dhenkanal, surrounded by the Borabada forest, the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary near Siliguri and the Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary in Bolpur.
Balukabela.com is a Bengali language film directed by Partha Sen. Upbeat and offbeat, this contemporary romantic drama follows the fluctuating fortunes in the lives of four young men, who decide to spend their holiday at Balukabela, a swanky hotel in Puri, Odisha.
Stay home. Chill and watch. And make the most of your self-quarantine. Because Zindagi, despite its downs, Na Milegi Dobara. Also add your list in comment section below. If you like this post share it your near and dear ones.