Best Bollywood Film Shooting Locations in India
Whether you are an Indian, American or belong to any other country, ‘Bollywood’ – short name of the Indian Cinema will surely entice you. These movies are not only a visual delight, but are known for their stories, stupendous music score and last but not the least shooting locations. With the movies, you can actually explore different and popular locations in India and make plans to visit any of those. In the following write-up, we have mentioned some of the most popular Bollywood film shooting locations in India.
The location which tops the list is Mumbai, the hub and birth city of Bollywood- Indian cinema. Over thousands of movies are shot here every year, since late 1880’s when the first Bollywood movie was released. There are many popular locations in Mumbai like, the Gateway of India, Taj Hotel Mumbai, Siddi Vinayak Temple, Hajrat Nizamuddin Mosque, Juhu beach, Marine Drive etc, where many movies have been captured. In fact, if a scene needs to be shot in Mumbai than any of these locations are must put for film directors. Moreover, the love for Mumbai and Juhu beach doesn’t end here with just shooting; Juhu and Bandra is also a home for some of the leading Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachhan, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and many stars.
Leh & Kashmir
The next in the list is Leh-Ladakh, located in Jammu & Kashmir state of India. Also, known as “the broken moon land” due to its stunning and astonishing landscapes, Leh has been a favorite location of shooting of various big budget movies especially around the Pangong Lake. The most notable one is the “climax portions of the super hit film, ‘3 Idiots’ and some of the portions of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” were shot on the banks of Pangong Tso on the backdrop of the Himalayas. This stunning lake is situated at 14, 000 feet above sea level and changes its color as per the color of sunshine. Leh offers a unique and assorted landscape is emerging as the new hot destination for filmmakers. On the other hand, Kashmir – “The Paradise on Earth” has always a favorite location for filmmakers because of unique beauty right from the early 80s to today, you find many blockbuster movies like, “Silsila”, “Kabhie Kabhie”, “Saat Khoon Maaf”, “Highway”, “Student of the Year”, “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”, “Dil se” and many more.
Another famous hill station is Ooty, which is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. This popular hill resort is situated deep within the Nilgiri Hills and is a desired location for shootings of songs and sequences by the filmmakers of Bollywood. The First Bollywood film to introduce the scenic beauty of this romantic town was “Karz”, released in the 80’s. The stunning pictographic grassland, magnificent hills and meadows made this southern town an ideal backdrop for movie shoots. Some of the super hit films shot here in Ooty are, “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!”, “Ishq”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” etc. In addition, the popular song ‘Chayya chayya‘ from the movie ‘Dil Se’ is an example of this incredible location.
Apart from these, Shimla– a famous hill station in Himachal Pradesh competes with favorite filming locations amongst film makers and lovers. The ‘Queen of Hills’, Simla located in the foothills of the Himalaya appears really mind-blowing that makes one of the most preferred shooting spots. “3 idiots”, “Jab We Met”, “Black”, etc. are some of the popular films shot here.