Bollywood: Your new tourist guide!
Last updated on: July 16, 2009
A scene from Luck
How Bollywood's passport is growing.
It all started with Yash Raj Films back in the 1970s, as they started shooting songs and sequences in Switzerland. Dev Anand went on to set a bunch of films in Nepal, but all these places seem passe nowadays.
Here's a brief look at where the modern filmmakers are setting their films:
Luck - Namibia
Soham Shah's upcoming Luck is apparently half a remake of 13 Tzameti, but the makers have spared no expense to take the multistarrer unit to lovely Namibia for the shoot.
Dostana - Miami
A scene from Dostana
Karan Johar is a pretty showy producer, and he set up this glossy faux-gay film in Miami, Florida and the city -- with its skateboards, bikinis and sun -- was as much a part of the film as Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham.
Dhoom 2 - Rio De Janeiro
A scene from Dhoom 2
Sanjay Gadhvi's Dhoom 2 begins in India but the action soon shifts to the beaches of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. A pretty worthwhile location, if only to see Bipasha Basu fill out a bikini really, really well.
Bachna Ae Haseeno - Greece
A scene from Bachna Ae Haseeno
Bipasha looks good amid foreign settings, and Siddharth Anand's film took her as a supermodel to lovely, lovely Greece. Ranbir Kapoor must have been only too glad to chase this one down.
Kites - Brazil, Mexico
A scene from Kites
Anurag Basu's upcoming Kites, starring Hrithik Roshan, Kangna Ranaut and Barbara Mori is set in Brazil and Mexico, and Basu promises a very unconventional film. Let's wait and watch.
New York - Philadelphia
A scene from New York
Sure, Kabir Khan's film had slices of New York, from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to a busride down Broadway, but the lion's share of this film ended up being shot in Philadelphia.
Chandni Chowk To China - China
A scene from Chandni Chowk To China
Warner Brothers' first Hindi production might have been an abysmal failure, but they did indeed take Akshay Kumar and let him practice kicking on top of the Great Wall of China.
Kambakkht Ishq - Los Angeles
A scene from Kambakkhth Ishq
The year's latest hit kicks off with a track called Welcome To Hollywood, and the city of LA takes precedence as Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor traipse around the landscape
Aks - Prague
A scene from Aks
Rakeysh Mehra's debut film had a lot happening in Mumbai. But things kick off with a very slick sequence set in Prague, where Amol Palekar is assassinated. It's a lovely city and the shots capture its grandeur well, even if fleetingly.
Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna - New York
A scene from Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna
Karan Johar's infidelity saga is the glossiest New York promotion video we've made thus far, and while the four characters discovered each other's spouses, we saw much of Manhattan -- not to mention Shah Rukh Khan spreading his arms in that now mandatory pose atop the Brooklyn Bridge.