Films are a great way to deliver messages, portray people, narrate interesting stories and showcase some amazing locations that will stay with the viewer and mesmerize them. No wonder we have filmmakers traveling the globe to capture hitherto unknown or unseen locations, but in the recent repertoire of films directors are exploring Indian terrain for their movies. It is heartwarming to see that shoots are being carried out in real Indian locales rather than passing off foreign places as India. So, we decided to turn our attention to a spate of movies that have released in the recent past that have beautifully brought to lens the Indian landscapes. Each of these movies are popular and have enjoyed quite the box office success. Lights, camera, action!!
This internationally acclaimed film starring Abhay Deol and Tannishtha Chatterjee is about a young man’s escape and self discovery while on a road trip across the roads of Rajasthan and Gujarat through sleepy hamlets and bustling villages. The movie is shot entirely on the road and captures the beatific nature of the barren landscapes, the shimmering sands of Jaisalmer, the haunting salt encrusted marshland of the Kutch area and the ways of the people living in these parts. Holiday in Rajasthan once and you will learn to love the arid nature of the land.
Jab We Met
The ever popular movie Jab We Met which has won many hearts has also been shot at places which exhibit the beauty of the country. Manali and other places in Himachal Pradesh feature greatly in the film as the duo of Kareena and Shahid go about reaching their ultimate destination after missing the train. The snow laden roads, the interesting temples, the clean landscape and the deep valleys all of them leave a mark on the audience. Head to this destination for a cool trip!
This lovable movie where the actors displayed their wonderful histrionics and which warmed the cockles of audience’s hearts thanks to the story and lilting music, has been shot extensively in the scenic district of Darjeeling and in the city of Kolkata. The streets and bylanes of the Darjeeling town, the slowly chugging toy train and the the Tiger Hill spot, then the Diamond Harbour bridge in the City of Joy and the train station at Esplanade are some of the memorable places were some pivotal scenes were shot. Plan a Getaway to the hills and see the places yourself!
Yeh Jawaani Hain Diwani
Another movie starring the flavor of the season Ranbir Kapoor, this movie has been shot in the verdigris locales of Kashmir and the rich heritage of Udaipur has also been caught on the big screen effortlessly. The first half of the movie chronicles the fun filled days of the youth as they trek and go mountain crossing in the snowy climes of Gulmarg, the spectacular greenery at Pahalgam and the famous Hadimba temple at Manali. Providing a stark contrast is the latter half of the film which deals with a destination wedding at the luxurious Udaivilas at Udaipur and the glistening waters of the Gangaur Ghat. You will be surprised how this place attracts so many tourists from across the world, maybe its time you visit it yourself!
We are strictly talking about the beautiful locations picturized. The Dudhsagar falls that is a wonderful spectacle of milky white waters cascading down from the hills has been shown as the backdrop for one of the scenes which proved to be quite the highlight of the film. Then the verdant and rolling tea plantations of Munnar through which they meander and frolic about has been colorfully brought about. It also has a breathtaking shot of the Rameshwara bridge and the temple which is a major pilgrimage site. Homestays across Munnar offer a chance to lose oneself in the beguiling vistas.
Highway is the last entrant in this blog about charming locations in films shot in India. This movie that has got everyone talking, has spanned many pretty places across Northern India. Prominent amongst them are the Key Monastery, the Lahual and Spiti valley, the Aru Valley at Kashmir, pleasant Faridkot and the spiritually laden Ajmer at Rajasthan. Soak up your senses and drink in the sights that have been unveiled on the 70mm and maybe get inspired to go on your holiday! Au Revoir folks!