Bollywood is known for showcasing the exotic locations around the world. Nevertheless, India itself has beautiful landscapes to offer.There are certain places in India that has always been Bollywood’s favourite and Himachal is one of them.Himachal Pradesh holds a long legacy to showcase its beauty on the silver screen. There have been over 100 films that have been shot in Himachal over the period of 50 Years. So here is the list of Bollywood Blockbusters of 2000’s that have been shot in Himachal Pradesh.
Gadar Ek Prem Katha: Released in the Year 2001 starring Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel. The film is set at the times of India and Pakistan partition. The movie has been shot in Shimla The famous song from the movie “Udja Kale Kawan” has been shot in Sacred Heart School Dalhousie part of it shot in “Bishop Cotton Shimla” Another song” Hindi song “Main Nikla Gaddi Leke” has been shot in “Gaiety Theatre Shimla”. It was the highest grossing movie of the year 2001.
Black:Released in the Year 2004 starring Amitabh Bachan, Rani Mukherjee and Ayesha Kapoor. The film has been selected by Times Magazine as one of the 10 best movies of 2005 around the globe. The movie and its cast won various accolades in 2005. It has been shot in Woodville Palace Shimla, a heritage hotel,and is a very popular destination for shootings. It also features Christ Church on the Mall Road Shimla.
The film has been selected by Times Magazine as one of the 10 best movies of 2005 around the globe. The movie and its cast won various accolades in 2005. It has been shot in Woodville Palace Shimla, a heritage hotel,and is a very popular destination for shootings. It also features Christ Church on the Mall Road Shimla.
Krish:Released in the year 2006 starring Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra showcased Kullu and Manali. The song “Aao Sunao Pyar Ki ek Kahani “has been shot in Manali amidst the green pastures and beautiful mountains of Manali. Also the camp site and the river side scenes are shot in Beas River in Manali.
Jab We Met:Released in the year 2007 starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor was a big hit in 2007. Some scenes from the film have been shot in Manali and Shimla. The popular fun song “Yeh Ishq Hai “has been shot in “Naggar Castle” Kullu and Rohtang Pass.
Whereas the sad song “Aoge Jab Tum “has been shot in Shimla. The famous toy train has also been featured in the movie. The Kalka Shimla Railway became part the World Heritage Site in the year 2008.
3 Idiots:Released in the year 2009 starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor. Sharman Joshi, R Madhavan and Boman Irani were the top grossing movie of 2009. The film broke all box office records during its release and was listed in Guinness World Record for the record of highest box office film gross for a Bollywood film. The film won 52 Accolades during the year at various award functions. It has been shot in Shimla at Christ Church, Woodville Palace Hotel and Chail Palace in Solan. The opening credits song “Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh” highlights the beautiful landscapes of Himachal and is a pleasure to the eyes and ears.
Student of the Year: Released in the year 2013 starring Alia Bhatt, VarunDhawan and Siddharth Malhotra. The movie was popular among the teenagers. Though the movie has been shot majorly in Dehradun and Kashmir, but some part of the movie was shot in Shimla at WoodVille Palace Hotel and Convent of Jesus and Mary School. The love song “Ishq Vala Love” at some parts features Convent of Jesus and Mary and majorly is shot in Kashmir.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Released in the year 2013 starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, KalkiKoechin and Aditya Kapoor. This was one of the top-grossing movies of the year 2013 and has surely given travel goals to a lot many. The Film was shot in some parts of Manali such as “Hadimba Mata Temple” in Gulaba, Manali and Hampta Pass in was shot during the trek.
MaryKom: Released in the year 2014 Starring Priyanka Chopra andDarshaan Kumar which was a biographical sports film. The scene featuring MaryKom marriage has been shot in St.John’s Church in McLeod Ganj Dharamshala. The church is an Angelic Sculpture made of neo-gothic architecture and has been dedicated to John the Baptist. It is 164 years old Church built of grey stone in 1852 AD. Mary Kom won several accolades at award ceremonies across India and was also screened at 2014 Toronto Film Festival, becoming the first Hindi film to be screened on the opening night of the festival.
Bang Bang:Released in the year 2014 starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. The film has been shot across Shimla and Manali and offers a beautiful view of the valley with snow capped mountains. One can also see apple orchards in the background. The film has been shot in Mall Road Shimla, and Manali Bridge. Apparently, post the movie shot the bridge has been renamed as Bang Bridge and is quite popular Tourist Spot.
Highway:Released in the year 2014 starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt. The film is one of the most beautifully shot movies in the Bollywood. The picturesque of Himachal and Kashmir has been presented very well and it is shot at most off-beat locations in Himachal. In Himachal it has been shot in Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti Valley majorly in Kaza, Key Monastery, Tabo Monastery and Nako Village .
Tamasha: Released in the year 2015 Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.Imitiaz Ali is known to feature beautiful places around the world in his Movies and Himachal has been his favourite. Ranbir Kapoor is seen to be filmed in and around Shimla in the movie.
Sanam Re: Released in 2016 starring Pulkit Sharma, YamiGautam and Urvashi Rautela is the recent movie that has been shot in Himachal. Himachal also happens to be the birth-place of Yami Gautam the lead actress of the movie who was born in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. The movie has been shot in Bishop Cotton School and Convent of Jesus and Mary Shimla, and Kalpa in Kinnaur.
We hope to see more of Himachal on silver screen , there are plenty of beautiful places that are yet to make a debut.