Thanks to film studios, shooting around India has become much easier with no distractions and easy alterations. But sometimes, to capture the very essence of a place or to give a different point of view, Bollywood directors turn to real-life locations. Because, let’s face it, it is hard to create the natural wonders that India offers, right? Now that all our vacation plans are on halt for some time, why not try mixing travelling with entertainment? Below are some of the Bollywood blockbusters that’ll entertain you and will take you to the best of India.
Chennai Express (2013)
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This Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer will take you through the divine lands of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The popular song Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari was shot in Devikulam, an idyllic hill station located 8 kms from Kerala’s Munnar. The picturesque scenes, lush tea plantations, exotic flora and fauna with the cool breeze caressing one’s face made film director Rohit Shetty thrilled and eager to shoot there. The scene where Shah Rukh is climbing up the stairs of a temple, as a local tradition every newlywed couple has to follow, was shot in Tamil Nadu’s beautiful Vattamalai Murugan Temple whereas, Deepika’s village-entering scene was shot at Dudhsagar Falls in Goa. Initially, some of the shoot was supposed to take place in Ooty, but later the scenes were instead shot in Maharashtra’s exotic Satara stating them as Tamil Nadu
“Kaisi Kaisi jagah hain iss desh mein”, is rightly said by Alia Bhatt in Imtiaz Ali’s Romantic-Drama Highway. Imtiaz Ali is known for shooting in exotic locations, showing the best of the world and Highway is no exception. The title gives away what you are going to experience. Through the window of a truck, the movie captures the remote Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh, the chilly weather of Kaza, majestic beauty amidst the Spiti Valley while the characters drive over to the Chandanwari and Aru Valley near Pahalgam. Not just alpine beauty, but you’ll also see the great Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan, canals of Punjab, Ajmer Sharif Dargah and the beautiful essence of the countryside, making it a ride you would not want to stop.
Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani (2013)
Probably the favourite movie of Gen-Z, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani will give you some serious motivation to plan a trek with your friends. The film beautifully captures the dense forests and snow-clad peaks of Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg which were given off as Manali in the film. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s romantic duet Subhanallah was filmed at Jammu’s Pahalgam. In fact, the entire sequence of the Bhuta Parbat shown in the movie was shot in Kongdori area of Kashmir. However, the Hidimba Temple and scenes of friends chilling at the resort were that of Manali. The second half of the film shows the vibrant city streets of Udaipur and its monuments. Not just that, but parts of the theme wedding were shot in the magnificent Oberoi Udaivilas, an exclusive 5-star hotel in Udaipur.
Shoojit Sircar beautifully showed the shades of a father-daughter relationship through a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata. Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Piku perfectly captures several travelling moments like a smooth ride on the Yamuna Expressway, night-stay in Varanasi along the ghats, driving on the majestic Howrah Bridge, cycling around the City of Joy – Kolkata and a peaceful walk alongside the Hooghly River. While Anupam Roy’s soulful music tags along this beautiful journey and accentuates the moments of joy as well as sorrow.
Through the bustling town of Varanasi to country’s capital Delhi, Aanand L. Rai’s Raanjhanaa encapsulates the very essence of North India. Not just the tranquil ghats of Benaras are shown in the film, but the scene where Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush meet on the terrace was shot at the 260-year old Ramnagar Fort Palace. The famous song Tu Mun Shudi featuring Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol features The India Gate in the backdrop. You can also see the famous Pataudi Palace in Haryana being used as Abhay Deol’s house.
Jab We Met (2007)
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Another of Imtiaz Ali’s romantic-comedies, Jab We Met is a roller-coaster ride of reclusive Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) meeting full of life Geet (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and helping her get back home to Bhatinda. Strolling and frolicking around the streets of Rajasthan and showcasing the forts of Mandawa and Jhunjhunu, Jab We Met takes us to Himachal Pradesh’s Hotel Naggar Castle along with Shimla’s Mall Road and Toy Train while telling us one of the most romantic movies of Bollywood. Also, one scene of the famous song Yeh Ishq Hai was shot at Rohtang Pass.