Looking at Bollywood's exotic locales
From Swiss Alps to Eiffel Towers and Big Bens to South African splendour and busy streets of Bangkok to stunning landscapes down under and more, there's abundant beauty all around.
Only we've seen too much of them in too many movies. Taking a break from these regular fixtures, Indian movies are extensively scouting for brand new locations to give their product that additional edge and poise.
If Shankar's Sci-Fi bonanza, Robot starring Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had the duo filming in South American nations like- Peru and Brazil, forthcoming espionage thriller Agent Vinod (Latvia, Morocco) directed by Sriram Raghavan, Zoya Akhtar's multi-starrer Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Spain) and Himesh Reshammiya vehicle Kajraare (Jordan) too will boast of spectacular, uncommon locations.
On that note, here's a look at Hindi cinema's earlier rendezvous against exotic backdrops.
Image: Scenes from Endhiran
Mixing business with pleasure doesn't work out for everybody. But Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are more than happy to enjoy an all-expenses-paid holiday against the Greek island of Milos while making the action-packed spectacle, Tashan.
Shah Rukh Khan's home production Chalte Chalte and Salman Khan's 2009 superhit Wanted too haven't been able to resist the ancient Grecian lure.
Image: A scene from Tashan
Image: A scene from Dushman
Image: A scene from Ghajini
Image: A scene from Dhoom
Image: A scene from Kabul Express
Image: Lucky: No Time for Love
Image: A scene from Gangster
Just when one has seen enough of Egypt in films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Singh is Kinng, Bollywood stumbled upon another country with enough Middle Eastern influences.
Though technically it's still Europe, Turkey offers enough variety to provide abundant colour to varying fare like Mission Istanbul, Guru and Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani.
Image: A scene from Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani
Filmmaker Shankar has a history of bigger and better.
For his 1998 Aishwarya Rai-starrer Jeans, the creative filmmaker left no stone unturned shooting in multiple world-famous monuments, most memorably the seven wonders of the world from Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Great Wall of China for the lilting A R Rahman melody, Ajooba.
Image: A scene from Jeans
Image: A scene from Dil Jo Bhi Kahey
Image: A poster of Vishwatma