Feeling inspired by films such as De Dana Dan and Badrinath ki Dulhania to travel to Singapore? Let us help you plan your itinerary for a trip to the Garden City.
This one’s for all the cinephiles. If you’re a Bollywood buff, you may have noticed Bollywood’s love affair with the city of Singapore in films such as Pyaar Impossible!, De Dana Dan, and most recently Badrinath ki Dulhania—the charming romantic comedy starring Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan.
Come see the vibrant, colourful city that is Singapore through the lens of Bollywood. Here are some Bollywood-inspired ideas to help you plan your itinerary:
Just like how the cast of Badrinath ki Dulhania enacts their song-and-dance scene ‘Humsafar’ while exploring the lanes of Chinatown Street Market, you can jam to your own tune as you explore the market, too—there’s so much to choose from in colourful Chinatown, from food streets to street vendors peddling authentic traditional wares.
While you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to explore the Chinatown Heritage Centre for a look at the district’s history. The centre is a replica of shops and living quarters from the ‘50s and ‘60s, giving visitors a truly immersive experience of what the neighbourhood was like way back when.
After that little history detour, head to the eateries and hawker stalls along Smith Street to chow down on some traditional local cuisine. Take a leaf out of Varun Dhawan’s book and have your fill of durians, the king of fruit, at one of the fruit stalls—while the smell of the fruit is pungent and might not be for everybody, it’s a local favourite and definitely something you should try at least once.
What better way to see the local sights, sounds and cultures of Singapore than with a stroll along the historical Singapore River? Start at the Elgin Bridge where the scene in which the protagonist Abhay ‘Froggy’ Sharma first arrives in Singapore in Pyaar Impossible! was shot—a fitting attraction to visit on your first day! Make like Uday Chopra and start your exploration of the city from right here on the architecturally iconic bridge.
Take a walk down the river and you’ll find yourself at Clarke Quay, the heart of hubbub and nightlife in Singapore. Featured in both iconic films De Dana Dan and Pyaar Impossible, the area is the place to be for the party animals and night owls amongst us. If you’re looking for a specific joint to go party, head to any of the clubs at Clarke Quay, such as Zouk, Crazy Elephant and Canvas, and dance your cares away like Badrinath and his dulhania do in Badrinath ki Dulhania.
For a quieter but equally spectacular evening, head to the Singapore Flyer (another destination in Badrinath ki Dulhania) and go for a spin while you admire Singapore’s night cityscape. If you feel like pampering yourself, opt for the Champagne Flight, where you get to sip on some bubbly champagne and sample an assortment of sweet treats at the height of luxury.