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When New Zealand played host to Bollywood

Last updated on: July 2, 2010 10:45 IST

When New Zealand played host to Bollywood

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In Hindi cinema's never-ending search for foreign locales, the gorgeous country New Zealand might not have received its due just yet.

With this week's big release set there and looking mouthwatering, things might just be set to change.

Here's a look at some Bollywood cinema set in NZ.

I Hate Luv Storys

Fashion designer Manish Malhotra's nephew Punit makes his directorial debut with this romantic comedy starring Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan.

With an English-skewering title, this Karan Johar produced film is sure to be very easy on the eyes.


Image: A scene from I Hate Luv Storys

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Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai

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Rakesh Roshan took son Hrithik to New Zealand for his debut, arguably the most successful Hindi film to emerge from the island nation.

Starring the supple-bodied hero alongside Amisha Patel, the 2000 film sparked off a Hrithik-revolution the country continues to reel from a decade later.


Image: A scene from Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai

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Soldier

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This Abbas-Mustan actioner stars Bobby Deol as an Indian coming to Australia and New Zealand to seek revenge for something that happened back in India.

Deol and his plans stay shrouded till the very end, when the film's title Soldier finally starts to make sense. Kinda.


Image: A scene from Soldier

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Daud

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One of Ram Gopal Varma's looniest movies, this chase-film starring Sanjay Dutt and Urmila Matondkar is set mostly in India -- but it's never too much of a stretch for Bollywood to cut away to scenic foreign locations.

In this case, there's quite a bit of New Zealand.


Image: A scene from Daud

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Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai

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In this Goldie Behl dud, Abhishek Bachchan grows up obsessed with being rich and famous.

The result is a young man forced to choose between morality and money, between scruples and success.

And somewhere in the middle of it all, there's New Zealand looking striking.


Image: A scene from Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai

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Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon

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This Sooraj Barjatya disaster, about two boys named Prem forming parts of interchangable couples, starts with an affluent Indian family wanting a groom for their bride.

However, they get more than they'd bargained for with both Hrithik and Abhishek answering to the name Prem -- ie, Love.


Image: A scene from Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon

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Jaal: The Trap

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The IMDb summary for Jaal: The Trap, directed by the one and only Guddu Dhanoa, says just this, 'Redoubtable son of the soil Sunny Deol battles Kashmiri terrorists.'

Just why he does this in New Zealand, far far away from India, is anybody's guess.


Image: A scene from Jaal: The Trap

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