Iconic Movies That Were Shot in India!

Bollywood movies are famous for shooting scenes all across the globe, whether in the Swiss Alps or the Pyramids of Egypt and we’ve grown to love them. But nothing comes close to the excitement of discovering India in a Hollywood Film!
Here are some movies that were either partly or wholly shot in India.

The Darjeeling Limited (2007) - Jodhpur

The director, Wes Anderson, said his inspiration for this movie was Satyajit Ray and several other documentaries on India. Apart from being shot in Jodhpur, one can also spot Irrfan Khan in the movie.

The Fall (2006)- Rajashtan

This film is a well hidden gem. Starring Lee Pace(Guardians of the Galaxy) and Directed by Tarsem Singh, a pass out of Bishop Cotton School, Simla, who chased his Movie making dream and made The Fall, a perennial favourite among critics. Though the movie is shot all over the world, its major bulk was filmed in Jodhpur, Agra and the Andaman islands.

The Dark Knight Rises- Jodhpur (2012)

This Superhero movie has scenes from Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The Prison where Bane grew up and later imprisoned Batman in, to be specific.

Slumdog Millionaire - Mumbai (2008)

The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life.
Directed by Danny Boyle, this adaptation of a Q & A by Vikas Swarup won many accolades. It has been shot in the Juhu Slums of Mumbai. It stars Indian actors including Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Frieda Pinto.

The Bourne Supremacy - Goa (2004)

The sequel to the ground breaking “The Bourne Identity’, starring worldwide superstar Matt Damon, has a majority of it’s scenes shot in Goa. Perhaps Director Paul Greengrass was bitten by the Goa bug !

James Bond: Octopussy (1983)

Number Thirteen in the Series about Agent Panache himself , Octopussy even features many Indian actors including Kabir Bedi and Tennis star Vijay Amritraj.

A Mighty Heart - Pune (2007)

It is a drama film directed by Michael Winterbottom. The plot demanded shooting in Karachi but due to safety reasons, those scenes were shot in Pune.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) - Jaipur and Udaipur

This Dev Patel starrer comedy-drama film has most of its scenes from Rajasthan, especially in Jaipur and Udaipur. A lot of scenes take place in the busy markets of these cities.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012) - Chandigarh

Some parts of this movie were shot in Chandigarh but it was all designed to look like Lahore and Abbottabad. It was dramatically based on the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden.

Some India film festivals worth checking out -

Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI)

Mumbai is the home to the Indian film industry, and hundreds of talented film makers who give their best to create magic on the celluloid. What better place to celebrate cinema in India than the city of dreams itself.

Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival

Women have been an integral part of Indian cinema; be it as actresses, enchanting the audience, or film makers known for their handling of human emotion. Strong women have been a part of Indian cinema ever since its inception

Bring Your Own Film Festival, Puri

Puri in Odisha is known for it’s spectacular beaches and the local culture. But come February and the beach turns into a carnival celebrating the spirit of film making. The BYOFF is a one of a kind Indian film festival, where anyone can showcase their work