Imagining Tourism and Mobilities in Modern India Through Film

Part of the Perspectives on Asian Tourism book series (PAT)


Film allows an audience to imagine what travel and movement might potentially be like. This not only includes sights, attractions and experiences but extends to the possible impacts that travel might have on a person. This latter idea encompasses the concept of travel to a specific place being transformative. In the past, India was often represented in film in historical terms. However, in recent times, there has been a trend towards showing India and Indian culture in modern terms, characterised by the contrasts between the old and the new. Such changes also extend to cinematic representations of the mobility of the Indian diaspora. This chapter explores such issues through an analysis of recent films involving modern India. Three films are examined as case studies. The first two consider Westerners journeying to India. These are The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011). The third film, UnIndian (2015), considers mobilities and the Indian diaspora. All three films represent different images of modern India and have underlying themes of travel as transformative and life changing.


India Film tourism Transformation Diaspora Mobility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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