Gone are the days when filmmakers in India used to erect sets of entire villages and towns, or travel to exotic foreign locales to shoot their movies. The new batch of film makers are more intent on adding that distinctness to their scripts by choosing to shoot their stories in the most suitable locations. Take a look at some films here that helped highlight some of the scenic locales in India and inspired the Indian to pack his bags and start travelling and exploring the beautiful locales of India.
Rang De Basanti
Like its name, Rang De Basanti showed India in totally different colors. The story took the visitor to some of the most scenic historical locations in North India. One can never forget the scenes that depicted the candle march as well as the ride around India Gate. Along with the winding alleys of the capital captured in the winter-morning sunrise, one is treated to striking visuals of the Golden Temple in Amristar and the Nahargarh Fort Reservoir.
A film that shed light on India’s pressure driven education system, 3 Idiots treated us to some of the best visuals of India, with almost all of them being real locations, rather than film sets. Some of the best places include the Chail Palace in Shimla, the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore and of course scenic Ladakh with its stunning peaks and blue lakes.
This soulful love story of a Pakistani girl with an officer in the Indian Air Force highlighted some of India’s best and greenest landscapes. Anil Mehta’s cinematography captured Delhi’s PuranaQila, the Wagah Border and Punjab’s hinterlands at their best.
Barfi opened a door to Darjeeling that was never shown before. The movie enthrals the viewer with its shots of the misty mornings, fenced pathways, colourful streets, beautiful towns and spectacular landscapes in slow and silent frames that simply take your breath away.
True to its name, the movie Highway highlighted some of India’s biggest highways connecting Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi at their best. The protagonist’s journey of self-realization takes you along for a road trip you would most definitely want to experience in real life.
Wanderlust is the only word that comes to our mind when we think of the movie Road. Like Highway, this movie traced the journey of a boy who embarks on a road trip to escape from his boring life. The movie showcased some of the most scenic shots of the deserts in Rajasthan.
Indian movies have graduated from fake movie sets to realistic locations to get that distinct look and feel. The movies mentioned above are some of the best of the lot when it comes to choosing movies that inspired viewers to travel across India.