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Dil Dhadakne Do turns 9! Exploring films that make waves on cruise ships

Set sail for adventure with a celebration of cruise ship-themed films.

Dil Dhadakne Do turns 9! Exploring films that make waves on cruise ships
Dil Dhadakne Do

Last Updated: 06.02 PM, Jun 05, 2024


Explore the fascinating world of cruise ship-themed films now that Dil Dhadakne Do is celebrating its ninth anniversary. This distinct location has served as the backdrop for a wide range of movie experiences, from gripping action sequences and dramatic disaster stories to touching family dramas and entertaining comedy. Filmmakers have skillfully used cruise ships, with their cramped quarters and varied passenger demographics, to examine themes of human perseverance, romance, survival, and conflict. From the terrifying capsize of the SS Poseidon in The Poseidon Adventure to the opulent and turbulent voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic and the humorous misadventures of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, these films give viewers the opportunity to experience the adventure and drama of the high seas without leaving their seats.

Films set against backdrop of cruise ships

The Poseidon Adventure (Prime Video on Rent)


Ronald Neame directed and Irwin Allen produced The Poseidon Adventure, a 1972 catastrophe film based on Paul Gallico's 1969 book of the same name. With Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, and Red Buttons among its ensemble cast, it boasts five Oscar winners.

The fictional SS Poseidon, a luxury liner on her final journey from New York City to Athens, serves as the focal point of the story. On the first day of the new year, a tsunami flips it over. A preacher tries to rescue a few people among the stranded passengers and crew.

Titanic (Disney+ Hotstar)

Witness the spectacular triumph that was Titanic, the 1997 blockbuster that swept the box office and took home eleven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Song (My Heart Will Go On). On the first trip of the "unsinkable" R.M.S. Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet shine as Jack and Rose, two young lovers who meet. However, their intense romance turns into a nail-biting struggle for survival when the luxury liner that is bound for disaster crashes on an iceberg in the freezing North Atlantic. The legendary James Cameron directed an unforgettable film about forbidden love and survival in the face of adversity. Bernard Hill, Gloria Stuart, David Warner, Victor Garber, Bill Paxton, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, and Billy Zane all made appearances in the film.

Deep Rising (MX Player)

Stephen Sommers penned and directed the 1998 action horror film Deep Rising, which featured Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, and Anthony Heald. Despite the film's critical and commercial failures, it is now considered a cult masterpiece. In the South Pacific, man-eating marine animals foil a band of armed hijackers' looting plot aboard a luxury cruise ship.

Speed 2: Cruise Control (Disney+ Hotstar and Prime Video [on rent])

Jan de Bont produced and directed the action thriller Speed 2: Cruise Control in 1997, while Randall McCormick and Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. Jason Patric and Willem Dafoe join Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, and Sandra Bullock in this sequel to 1994's Speed.

The plot of Cruise Control revolves around a couple named Annie and Alex, played by Bullock and Patricia, respectively. Dafoe's villain, Geiger, kidnaps the ship while they are on a Caribbean vacation. After learning that the ship is preprogrammed to strike an oil tanker, Annie and Alex, who are confined inside it, collaborate with the first officer to attempt to avert the disaster.

Poseidon (Prime Video on Rent)

Wolfgang Petersen directed and co-produced the 2006 action-disaster film Poseidon. It is a loose recreation of the 1972 film and the third cinematic version of Paul Gallico's 1969 novel, The Poseidon Adventure. The main actors are Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, and Richard Dreyfuss, while the supporting cast includes Emmy Rossum, Jacinda Barrett, Mike Vogel, Mía Maestro, Jimmy Bennett, and Andre Braugher.

A rogue wave capsizes a luxury cruise liner in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, forcing the few survivors to fight for their lives alongside some strange allies. The survivors must confront insurmountable obstacles and make life-changing choices as the shaky ship rapidly sinks under the waves.

Dil Dhadakne Do (Netflix and Prime Video)

Excel Entertainment's Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar produced the 2015 comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do, while Zoya Akhtar directed it. Aamir Khan narrates the film, which features an ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Shefali Shah, and Farhan Akhtar. Rahul Bose, Zarina Wahab, Vikrant Massey, Pawan Chopra, Parmeet Sethi, Dolly Mattdo, and Manoj Pahwa are also part of the supporting cast. The Mehras are a dysfunctional family that, in order to celebrate their parents' 30th wedding anniversary and, later on, to reunite, takes their friends and relatives on a 10-day cruise.

Set on a cruise, Dil Dhadakne Do follows a dysfunctional Punjabi family as they navigate the high seas. Ranveer Singh's character, Kabir, hails from an affluent background and grew up in the business world as the son of an entrepreneur. The plot turns around, though, because he has an interest in blueprints and hopes to fly planes someday. He encounters Farah (Anushka Sharma), who faces a variety of challenges due to this disparity. She is a young woman who ran away from her family so she could pursue her passion for dance. Eventually, she meets Kabir, who makes everything right in his otherwise dreadful life. People often consider Priyanka Chopra to be Ranveer's sister. While on the trip, she plays the role of an ambitious entrepreneur married to Rahul Bose; however, Farhan provides a third perspective on the unhealthy relationship between Priyanka and Rahul. 

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (SoyLIV [OTTplay Premium]; ZEE5 [on rent; OTTplay Premium]; Prime Video [on rent])

Produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is a monster comedy animated feature film from 2018. It follows 2015's Hotel Transylvania 2 and is the third installment in the franchise. Genndy Tartakovsky directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Michael McCullers. The voice cast includes Mel Brooks, David Spade, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Sadie Sandler, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Asher Blinkoff, and Tara Strong. The cast also includes Jim Gaffigan, Kathryn Hahn, Joe Jonas, Chrissy Teigen, Joe Whyte, Tara Strong, and Tartakovsky. Chris Parnell, who voiced The Fly in the previous two films, lends his voice to Stan.

While on vacation with his family and friends, Dracula falls in love with Ericka, a ship captain. However, Mavis learns that Ericka is actually the great-granddaughter of Abraham Van Helsing, Drac's arch-nemesis, who has hidden plans to destroy them.

Death on the Nile (Disney+ Hotstar; Prime Video [on rent])

Kenneth Branagh directed the mystery film Death on the Nile in 2022, while Michael Green wrote the screenplay. It is an adaptation of the same name from Agatha Christie's 1937 novel and the sequel to the 1978 film. Branagh, Ridley Scott, Judy Hofflund, and Kevin J. Walsh were the producers. It is a sequel to Murder on the Orient Express (2017). Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, and Letitia Wright are among the ensemble cast members. Branagh and Tom Bateman reprise their roles as Hercule Poirot and Bouc, respectively.

When a honeymoon gone wrong interrupts the idyllic trip of a newlywed couple, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) transforms a river boat holiday in Egypt into a murder investigation. Agatha Christie's novel adapts this story of passion and envy, taking a series of dark turns until it reaches its terrible climax.

Triangle of Sadness (SonyLIV [OTTplay Premium])

Triangle of Sadness is Ruben Östlund's first feature film in English, and it is a satirical black comedy released in 2022. Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean (in her last film role), Dolly de Leon, Zlatko Burić, Iris Berben, Vicki Berlin, Henrik Dorsin, Jean-Christophe Folly, Amanda Walker, Oliver Ford Davies, Sunnyi Melles, and Woody Harrelson are all part of the ensemble cast.

This hilarious Palme d'Or winner exposes the sleazy connection between attractiveness and power, turning social hierarchy on its head. A disturbed boat captain invites Carl and Yaya, a famous modelling couple, to join a lavish cruise for the extremely wealthy. The once-inspiring event takes a tragic turn, trapping the survivors on a desolate island as they battle for their very lives.

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