When I started my travel blog, I got to hear from many people that “You are very lucky that you can follow your passion, “ we also wish to travel but just don’t get enough of time or something always comes up in the middle of the plan and or for whatever XYZ reason it never turns to the reality!” So for such people, I have made a list of locations from India where Bollywood movies have captured the various colors of Incredible India, which they can enjoy simply sitting at home. I believe that Indian film makers have taken immense efforts to show us many beautiful parts of India through their Camera lenses and I really admire them for doing so. Though the actual feel of being at that very place is surely 1000 times better than simply watching it over television but you never know what may trigger your thirst for travel and to see the world out there and you may land up at the place of your choice!
Here I have listed top 7 Destinations those can be seen in Bollywood movies:-
Okay, you will have to believe that our film crew has a special love towards Rajasthan which might be because of the vibrant colors, classy style and the luxury expressed via those grand and lavish forts. It started back early in the movie Karan Arjun and then the story continued from Rangeela, Sarfarosh, to Jodha Akbar, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Rang de Basanti till the recent Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani which truly inspired young generation to see the world. The wedding scenes have to come from Forts of Rajasthan and Band Baja Barat is also no exception to it! Bol Bacchan, Bhul Bhulaiiya and Khoobsurat movie show some of the huge palaces from the state of forts.
Here comes the next crush of our Directors. Either the Hero or Heroine must belong to Punjabi Family, no matter if they get married in Rajasthan and even if they are not from “Bolo lo Ta ra ra” background, the wedding must happen in Punjabi style. So if you wish to enjoy the insights of this place then watch the movies Veer Zaara, Rab ne Bana di Jodi, Rang de Basanti, Bodyguard , Bhag Milka Bhag, Yamla Pagla Diwana , Love Aaj Kal including my favorite ones Namaste London and Pyar to Hona Hi Tha . All these movies have been shot in and around Chandigarh, Amritsar- Golden temple, Patiala and nearby locations. The long stretches of green yellow fields and the rustic village lifestyle can be seen in many of these films.
The first film that comes to my mind is “Dil Chahata Hai”! Last year I made sure that I visit “Charpora fort”the very same fort where these three friends spent their time watching at the sailing boat and experiencing the magnanimity of their friendship. Other movies include Josh, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na, Honeymoon travels Pvt Ltd, Finding Fanny, Golmaal 3and Singham. These films have really captured the crux of this place. Not to forget the Dudhsagar Shot in Chennai Express! Hats off to Rohit Shetty for the visual delight.
The sweetness of this place can be perfectly seen in the films like Burfi, Kahani, Parineeta, Main Hoon Na and Yuva. From Howrah Bridge to Dakshineswar Kali temple, from the crowded life to the slow metro life and the splendid celebrations of Durga Pooja- every essence has been beautifully captured in these great films.
For sure “3 Iditos” has done excellent job of taking the audience through the panoramic views of the Leh Ladakh. It also shows why Ladakh is also called as Little Tibet of India. I am truly inspired by this movie and this place is in my travel wish-list. The other movies which have been shot here include Dil Se Bhaag Milka Bhaag and Jab tak Hai Jaan. (This place is in my bucket list!)
I see Kareena Kapoor dancing on the song “Yeh ishq haye…” in the beautiful glaciers of Kullu from the movie Jab We Met. What a lovely picture as well. The “Chamba” village from movie Taal is so serene. The magnificent shots from the movie 3 iditos, Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani gave a different definition to Shimla, Kullu and Manali. Mujhse Dosti Karogi, Highway, Student of the year or Krissh show the paradisiacal beauty of this place.
Mumbai is the mother of Bollywood films. I feel half of the movies must have been shot at least at one of the location of this state. Whether it is one of the famous hill stations like Lonavala, Matheran or the beaches from Alibaug and Kokan region; Maharashtra does not fall behind for providing beautiful locations for filming the movies. The other famous destinations are Satara and Meenavali Ghat from Wai (Bol Bacchan, Dabang, Singham movie). This state is filled with numerous attractions which can be seen in the films like Ishk vishk, Swades, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein, Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Munna Bhai MBBS, Bodyguard and Kurbaan.
To be honest, the beauty of India is beyond explanation and varied movies have represented various places of India showcasing urban to rural life, from classy palaces to rustic huts. The beauty of Kerala, the finest monuments from Delhi and Agra can also be seen in many of the films. It actually depends on you what you wish to see and when you take up that first step towards your travel dream…
My advice will always be- Get inspired, pack your bags and Go out!! Connect with the world that teaches you the real practicalities of LIFE and believe me you will love every part of it.
(P.S._ All image credits from internet)