The Indian film industry has its audience spread all across the globe. Thousands of films make it up to the silver screen every year and the size of audience watching these films is just infinite. Bollywood is, therefore, one of the best mediums for promoting tourism in India. The stupendous topography of India makes it a charismatic location for shooting films. There are a lot many picturesque locations in India and films play a major role in making the people aware of these locations.
Shooting in India is not only way more convenient than the foreign locations but is also quite budget-friendly. Diversified locations like hill stations, deserts, beaches, monuments, rural areas, forts and palaces etc. are easily accessible in India. In the last few years, the Indian film makers have largely resorted to the Indian landscapes for filming their projects. So if you have been wondering as to where exactly are these super-attractive locations hidden, don’t be surprised to hear that this is your own country! Still wondering? Let me make it easy for you by jotting down the names of the places that have lent a helping hand in the making of a number of movies. So here I begin:
When Kareena Kapoor joyfuly sang “Yeh Ishq Hai, Jannat Dikhaye” amidst the snow-clad mountains, she was actually referring to this heaven of Himachal Pradesh. Remember the narrow roads covered with snow on the sides, the picturesque valleys and the beautiful cottages shown in Jab We Met? Well, these are all the charms of a beautiful hill station called Manali!
Rajasthan is probably the place where the maximum number of shootings have taken place. And that includes Hollywood movies as well. This royal retreat offers spectacular palatial beauty along with the serenity of the lakes. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Jodha Akbar, Yaadein, Border, Dor etc. are just a few of the hits which have been pictured in Rajasthan.
The capital does not lag behind in being the location of interest for the Indian film-makers. The historical monuments, markets, Delhi University and the city life of Delhi have always been a photographer’s delight. Some of the most popular films shot in Delhi include Rockstar, Fanaa, Jannat 2, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, 2 States etc.
Needless to say, Goa is the second most captured location in India! It is that beach paradise which has attracted film makers from all over the world. Ironically, the state has lesser locals and more of the tourists! Some of the movies promoting the celestial beauty of Goa are Dil Chahta Hai, Josh, Ek Villain, Golmaal 3, Finding Fanny and Singham.
Who wouldn’t want to capture the heavenly beauty of Kashmir in the lens? Words fall short even if you try to describe the magnanimous charm that this place mesmerizes the visitors with! Kashmir is the most beautiful location for adding romance to a film! Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Highway, Rockstar have recently chanced upon the beauty of this state.
When it comes to beauty, the south is no less than the north. If north has the snow-clad peaks, the south has spectacular waterfalls as nature’s bounty. Remember the gigantic waterfall Aishwarya Rai falls from in Raavan? And the song called Barso re Megha from Guru? It is the magnificent beauty of Kerala which has been screened in these films.
Leh/Ladakh was earlier considered to be an inaccessible region because of the extreme climatic conditions. But not anymore! Thanks to the film-makers, these locations have now become popular especially amongst the youngsters. While in 3 Idiots Aamir Khan was found teaching at Ladakh, the latest flick Fugly showed the youngsters taking a road trip to Leh. Other movies filmed in these regions include Lakshya, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Dil Se and Paap.
Two popular Gunday of Bollywood were born in this city! You probably would have guessed it by now that it is the Ranveer Singh-Arjun Kapoor starrer Gunday that chose Kolkata as its prime location. Other major films shot here are Barfi, Kahaani and Parineeta.
Mumbai is the home to the largest film industry of India. The first shot of camera would have begun from this city itself. A lot many films have been shot at this entertainment capital of India. Munnabhai MBBS, Slumdog Millionaire, Dhoom, Saagar, Talaash, Ek Deewana Tha and there is no end to this list!
This small yet divine city of Punjab has also contributed in making our films look astonishingly picturesque. The busy lanes of the city, the Golden Temple, the Jallianwala Bagh and the Khalsa College are favourite shooting spots for the directors. Movies which have been filmed at these locations are Gadar, Bride and Prejudice, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Veer-Zara and Legend of Bhagat Singh to name a few.
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