trip through the lens
- Ghats Of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
If you consider yourself a true Bollywood buff then a visit to Varanasi is a must. The timeless allure of this place continues to bewitch filmmakers since ages. It has captured the heart of many legendary scenes from Indian cinema, be it Masaan, Laaga Chunari Me Daag, Mohalla Assi, Ghaatak or the all-time favourite Ranjhanaa. Every movie that has been shot here has captured the true charisma of the place, making it one of the prominent shooting locations in India. Apart from the traditional and religious vibrancy and old-world lanes of Varanasi, the ghats also make a perfect backdrop for the romantic genre of the industry. So, in case you are planning to add this location in your travel wishlist, do not forget to affix your favourite screen places in the itinerary.
- Mumbai Film City, Maharashtra
The ultimate destination for people keen to have a glimpse of the cine stars, a place where numerous movies are reeled throughout the year, right from full-blown commercial films to the parallel cinema flicks, welcome to Mayanagri, the Mumbai film city. It is an integrated film studio located near Sanjay Gandhi National Park, in the vicinity of Aarey Colony in Goregaon, Mumbai. The inception of Bombay Film City goes back to the year1911 when the first silent film of India was made. Since then the place has evolved a lot and has been continuing up the ladder of expansion and growth. Now it is home to realistic gardens, mountains, lakes, houses, cities and venues, making it the perfect epitome of Bollywood film shootings. Constructed by the Maharashtra State Government to expedite the growth of the film industry, this place is regarded as the dream project of renowned Indian producer, director and screenwriter, Dadasaheb Phalke, in which almost 1000 sets can be put up simultaneously. Synonymous with Bollywood, to visitors it is an absolute dream world, where everything is beautiful and precise, and it is impossible to differentiate between the word ‘real’ and ‘fake’.
- Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
No matter the age, a trip to amusement parks is always a treat for everyone. In Hyderabad, tourists have a plethora of choices for sightseeing. However, the Ramoji Film City, is like an amusement park of Hyderabad, that has a different vibe to offer in a city known for its Nizami heritage. Praised as one of the biggest movies sets ever and listed among the topmost place to visit in Hyderabad, this location always evokes high expectations from the intending visitors. To begin with, if you want an excellent behind the scenes experience of live film sets and shoots-in-progress, look no more. Furthermore, it contain various restaurants, dedicated areas for shopping, rides and many more. The place has its own charisma, so much so that the Guinness Book of World records has listed it in their renowned log for casing an area of 2,500 acres. It accommodates over 50 film sets, has a fake airport, hospital, railway station, Tihar Jail, temples, mosques, churches, man-made ancient caves, European residential societies, Mugal and Japanese inspired gardens, and much more. This 28-year-old film city is located 30kms outside Hyderabad. You can visit here by car or you can hop on a bus ride; whatever the medium, the journey to the site is a pleasure in it itself.
- Athirapally Waterfalls, Thrissur
Remember the iconic song of Dhivara (Khoya Hai in Hindi version), and how Prabhas tried to chase the girl of his dreams Tamannaah in the movie Baahubali, which took the golden screen by storm, or the ‘Barso Re’ song in which Aishwarya Rai Bachan wowed everyone. Yes, it was filmed here, at Kerala’s Athirappilly Waterfall, a sight of mesmerising beauty and natural splendour that will guaranteed leave you thunderstruck. Even though the popularity of the location has increased in the past couple of years, it has always been a famous shooting area for several distinct Indian movies, including King Khan’s classic film Dil Se, and many others like Raavan, Kuch Na Kaho, Yaariyan, Ready and so on. So, if you are truly in search of something majestic and ethereal, visit here, as the ceaseless music of the myriad falls and the hush of the dense forest lends a special charm to the small hamlet of Athirapally, which has been inspiring tourists and filmmakers for decades.
- Munnar Tea Plantations, Munnar
If you believe that Kerela is only about its heavenly backwaters, Bollywood is here to prove you wrong. Picture Deepika Padukone running in her Kanjeewaram silk saree and Shah Rukh Khan chasing her in a tea plantation and you will know what we are talking about. As more and more B-town films are shifting direction for inspiration, India is finally acknowledging the natural wealth down south, and the Munnar Tea plantations have become the flag bearer. Picturised superbly in Chennai Express, Nishabd and even in Life of Pi, this place is paving the way as the idealistic destination of South India.
- Pangong Lake, Ladakh
When you first hear the name, it might not ring a bell to you, but if we say the river on the bank of which 3 Idiots’ epic last scene was shot, or the freezing cold water from which Samar Anand (played by Shah Rukh Khan) saves the drowning Akira Rai (played by Anuskha Sharma) in the blockbuster movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan, then the picture would become fairly obvious. Isn’t it? Call it the revival of travel as a genre in Bollywood, or the utter charm of the place, Pangong Lake has become a favourite location of Indian filmmakers, and one of the most desired travel destinations despite its hostile climate or the perilous journey required to reach there.