Bollywood Movies on India That Capture India in an Amazing Way!

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You might want to travel the world over to the most exotic of locations, but India has more than enough breath taking locales of its own. No, I'm not talking about the regular locales that Bollywood has made famous; We're talking about the ones that they've captured and given a character to. These are the movies based on India that you can't forget or rather, should not forget. Grab some popcorn. We have got a list !

Here is the list of 19 Bollywood Movies on India That Capture India in an Amazing Way!

1. Dil Chahtha Hai: When in Goa

This movie based on India covers one of the most sought after places in the country - Goa! Goa is that place that the whole country flocks to for some peace and some rave at the same time. The Aguada Fort became an instant hit after this movie. 

2. Raanjhanaa : Varanasi's Ghats and Lanes

In Raanjhanaa, you will see ghats of Varanasi, the Ramnagar fort where Dhanush proposes to Sonam as well as Dhanush climbing up the half-immersed Shiv Temple and many others! Remember the song, Tum Tak? - Most of that is Assi Ghat and the many corners and streets of the town.

3. Rockstar: From Delhi to Kashmir

Not only do you get to see a lot of Delhi University but there are scenes from Hauz Khas Village, Nizamuddin Dargah and then Kashmir, where Nargis's wedding takes place. You'll see Srinagar, Kulgam and Kupwara in Rockstar, one of the most popular movies based on India!. Rockstar is one such movie based on India that captures the places Delhi to Kashmir well. 

4. Taal: It's Drizzling and Dancing in Chamba Valley

Shown as Aishwarya Rai's home town, while Chamba is shown for a short time only, with the songs and the dancing. It's brought to life and looks extremely refreshing and beautiful!

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5. Veer-zaara: A Day in Punjab

Yash Chopra did with this movie, what he did best - show us what love is. But that's not all. This movie based on India captures Punjab and its mustard fields as well as the love between the borders. The city of Amritsar and the Wagah border have been beautifully shot! So, if not for anything else, watch this one for some Punjab time!

6. Tahaan: Stories from Kashmir

This beautiful movie based on India is a story about the friendship between a Kashmiri boy and his donkey along with the lives of the people living in the war-prone region. Kashmir is known for being the paradise that it is and Santosh Sivan has managed to show us why. The serene whiteness of the snow beautifully envelopes the stark rugged mountains that reflects so precisely on the life in Kashmir.

7. Chennai Express: Kashmir Main, Tu Kanyakumari

You might not see Kashmir and Kanyakumari that much in the movie, but you have an absolutely breathtaking shot of the Dudhsagar falls, Vattamalai Murugan Temple, Pamban Road, Munnar Tea Gardens and lots more!

8. Eklavya: Royalty in Rajasthan

An old guard shows his unwavering loyalty to his dying dynasty and tries to save the unfortunate kingdom. Sounds like a historic tale? Well, it is! And, it is a brilliantly shot movie based on India in Rajasthan. The forts, palaces, desert, and the royal atmosphere have been seamlessly intertwined with the beautiful story-telling.

9. Khoobsurat : Palaces Inside out (and Even Roofs)

While you might not get to see so much of the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur, since a lot bit of the movie is indoors, other than a road trip! But it takes you pretty close to these palaces and inside too. It is said that the Amer Fort and Laxmi Niwas Palace were used for shooting.

10. Jab We Met: Mujhe Na Pahad Bahut Pasand Hain!

This simple and fun movie based on India covered some of the most beautiful locations in North India. After all,these are some of Bollywood's favourite locations to shoot at! And, it has reason enough. Mumbai, Rajasthan, Bhatinda and Shimla - all the places have been pictured beautifully. It will make you want to pack your bags immediately.

11. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani : A Trek and a Destination Wedding

Probably the most obvious movie based on India on the list is this one which takes you to a dream trip through Manali, Kashmir and an even more dreamy wedding at Udaipur. The temple in the beginning of the movie is the famous Hidamba Temple in Manali, then there is The Oberoi Udaivilas where the wedding takes place and the Bagore ki Haveli in Udaipur.

12. Laga Chunari Mein Daag: Old World Charm of Varanasi

Which better city to shoot in if you want some traditional charm? Pradeep Sarkar did just that with Varanasi in this movie. Known for its old-world charm and the fascinating life here at the ghats, the story of a girl who takes unconventional to a new level has been excellently shot here. And, all of it just for protecting her family! Sound traditional enough for Varanasi?

13. Raavan: Athirappilly Falls and Lots of Forests

Probably the most underrated movie for its stunning shooting locations. You will see Ooty, Kolkata, Malshej Ghat, Athirappilly Falls, and many more.

14. Haider: The Place is the Hero

This movie based on India which will touch your heart and make you feel like you're present there in Kashmir. And, no; it's not because of the story. The story is a beautiful one, a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. But it is the location, that seems to be the protagonist of the movie. This one's a must watch!

15. Highway: Roadtrip, Anyone?

If you're one of the Alia Bhatt fans, then you'll know why we've chosen this movie. You'll know it even if you're not her fan but watched the movie. Anyway, my point is that Imtiaz Ali has done a beautiful job journeying across the highways of North India. From Delhi, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh, all the way to Kashmir, this movie will leave you wanting for more. Maybe, you should go for that North India trip, after all!

16. Lootera: Kolkata + Time Travel

One of those fascinating period romances, this story is about a conman who pretends to be an archaeologist to get his hands on some ancient valuables. The movie is set in the charming city of Kolkata which is captured in all of its glory, almost effortlessly. How can someone not want to go to Kolkata? I want some sondesh now, damn it! *drools*

17. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan - Singing in Agra and Delhi

You'll see a lot of North India in this movie ? Highlights being India gate area, Humayun's Tomb and Taj Mahal and people generally being crazy on the roads :P

18. Fanaa : A Guide from Delhi and Love Songs in Kashmir

Since Aamir Khan plays a guide in the first half, you'll see Qutub Minar, Red fort, Humayun's Tomb etc in the first half and then landscapes from Kashmir in the next. Sigh. Fanaa is one of the amazing movies based on India that covers locations of Delhi and Kashmir beautifully. 

19. 3 Idiots - That's What Made Pangong Lake Famous

This movie based on India was one of the much-needed breaks from the non-stop nonsensical entertainment that Bollywood usually offers. Though it covered quite a few regions, especially Himachal, yet the lake in Ladakh where the last scene was shot managed to get etched in my head, somewhere. The Pangong Lake might pose harsh travel conditions your way, but the beauty that hits you instantly is something you shouldn't miss out on!

There are many more movies based on India that you can add on to the list. So, which are the ones that have covered your favourite destinations?

This post was published by Deepika Singhania

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