Bollywood’s best exotic locales

The Hindi film industry has looked outside the country to shoot films ever since Yash Chopra led the way by making Switzerland his pet country in many of his movies.
Here’s a comprehensive list of the best of them.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
Director Zoya Akhtar surprised one and all with this sensitive film about male bonding. Completing a list of adventures in Spain such as skydiving, deep sea diving and running with the bulls along with verdant Spanish fields and quaint towns is enough to make anyone pack their bags off to Spain.

Imtiaz Ali shot a part of Rockstar in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. The exclusivity of the city and its many landmarks translated beautifully on screen and helped Jordan aka Ranbir Kapoor portray the title role beautifully.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
Kabir Khan is certainly one lucky filmmaker. After Afghanistan and New York, his latest movie for Yash Raj Films saw him take off from one unexplored destination to the other covering five countries across three continents. The film begins in Dublin, Ireland, a country that has decided to save itself from the Euro crisis by embracing tourism and film incentives aggressively. It then moves on to Istanbul, Turkey, one of Hollywood’s favourite locations where a portion was shot over two months. Ek Tha Tiger then moves to Havana, Cuba’s capital where no Bollywood film had been shot previously. Some portions were also shot in Bangkok and Delhi for the movie.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
It wasn’t much of a stretch to imagine Anurag Basu and Hrithik Roshan head off to Mexico to shoot Kites when Mexican native Barbara Mori joined the movie as its female lead. However, for audiences in India, the country was unknown territory and definitely increased its visual appeal. The film was also shot in USA and Maldives.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
While almost every second Hindi film heads to London and Canada for shooting abroad, little attention is paid to other countries in Europe. Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Productions corrected that by shooting Don 2 in Berlin, Germany. It was a masterstroke as lead actor Shah Rukh Khan has a huge fan following in the country that later translated into increased box-office.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
Staying true to its title, director Kabir Khan packed off his cast and shot Kabul Express in Afghanistan while the country was under Taliban rule. Despite repeated threats, Khan ensured he used all his previous experience and contacts in the country to complete the film and return safely with his cast and crew.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
The latest release starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan has been shot in far off Fiji islands. Azure blue waters and clean and clear beaches are the main attractions of Fiji. 2013’s first major release Table No 21 was also shot there.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
Quick question. Do you know where Latvia is located? No, we didn’t think so. But trust Saif Ali Khan to go all generous when it came to locations in his home production Agent Vinod. The actor, along with co-star and lady love Kareena Kapoor, shot the spy thriller in countries like Russia and exotica tinged Morocco as well as Latvia that lies in Northern Europe and shares borders with countries like Belarus, Russia, Lithuania and Sweden.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
With a big producer in the form of Viacom 18 backing directors Abbas and Mustan, Players turned shooting locations into a round the world tour. The official remake of The Italian Job starts off in Russia and is the first Bollywood film to have shot at the North Pole. The movie later winds its way to Goa before reaching New Zealand for the climax and end scenes.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
You might be forgiven for not knowing much about Cyprus. But this Euro country is actually where a large part of Race 2 was shot. Directors Abbas-Mustan shot the sequel to Race in Turkey and Cyprus to heighten expectations and increase the glam quotient of the film.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
The first movie that dreamt big was none other than Yash Raj Films’ Dhoom 2. The movie opens with a high octane train chase that was shot in the deserts of Namibia, while the second half of the movie is a virtual snapshot of Brazil.

Bollywood’s best exotic locales
Weren’t expecting Himesh Reshammiya to make it to this list, were you? Well, Reshammiya shot Kajraare in the land of Indiana Jones, makingKajraare the first Hindi film to be shot at Petra, whose architecture and natural beauty have been described as the eighth wonder of the world.



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