Time and again, Bollywood has helped us discover exotic locations through its 70mm canvas. Be it the snow-clad Swiss Alps, the picturesque Prague, the serene European countryside, the pizzazz of Big Apple, the epitome of love — Eiffel Tower etc; Bollywood has always aided its audiences to unleash their wanderlust souls and plan that big unforgettable holiday.
Last year too Bollywood churned out few films, which boasted of some mesmerizing locations that made all travel junkies drool. So, here are the exotic destinations from 2015 releases that caught the fancy of every travel bug.
Well, we all know that the epic romance of Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol) in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge immortalized the picturesque landscape of Switzerland in the psyche of every young romantic couple in the mid-90s. In 2015, too, this Bollywood’s most loved on-screen couple created similar ripples as Meera and Raj and made us fall in love with the breathtakingly beautiful Iceland as they swayed to the melodious ‘Guerua’ from their film Dilwale. Right from the dramatic basalt rock columns to the famous abandoned airplane on the black sands of Sólheimasandur in south Iceland, the lush greens of mesmerizing Skógafoss waterfall, to the shallow sea next to Vestrahorn mountain, in southeast Iceland, Dilwale beautifully captures the essence of Iceland in its 4 minutes long song sequence. Iceland, after this film, has surely become one hotspot on the map for all travellers.
We need to thank Rohit Shetty once again for helping us discover the splendour of Bulgaria in Dilwale. The film, which is largely shot in the capital and largest city of Bulgaria – Sofia, gives us glimpses of the famous Lions Bridge, which was built out of a stone at the end of 19th century. The visual treat of this Europe’s oldest city with its wide cobblestone boulevards, trolleys trams, is enough for you to know that you should visit it soon.
With its charming topography, Poland is fast becoming Bollywood filmmakers’ favourite shooting destination. And are we complaining? Of course, not! The first Hindi film that was shot here was the Aamir Khan starrer Fanaa, however, Poland has only gained popularity lately. The grandeur of Poland was put up on display last year in India’s first destination wedding film — Shaandaar. Starring Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor, the film that is exclusively shot at the majestic Kozlówka Palace tells us that this chic medieval hot spot just cannot be missed from our travel plans ever. Even major portions of last year’s release Bangistan were shot here.
Trust Imtiaz Ali to introduce us to the most exotic sounding and equally beautiful locations through his films. After the picturesque Prague in Rockstar, the maverick director with his recently released film Tamasha, took us to the sun-kissed Mediterranean island tucked away between the borders of the south east of France and north of Italy — Corsica. The film deftly captures most nuances of this idyllic French island making the viewers save every penny for this one trip.
The only good thing about the blingy disaster of 2015 — Singh Is Bling, was the unexplored exotic locale of Romania that the film has brilliantly captured. The film, which is largely shot in the capital city Bucharest, delightfully encapsulates the historic wartime architecture remains, along with the city’s cosmopolitan vibe. Romania’s national Opera, the majestic Carpathian mountains, the palaces, the historical remains... every little detail of Romania you see in this film make you crave to visit this country.
Lastly, the one exotic location that needs to be on this list is our country’s very own paradise— Kashmir. Yes, it’s certainly not a novel discovery, but after a long time, the beauty of this majestic valley was brought to the Indian screen in its full splendour in Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan. About 30 percent of the movie was shot in the Valley at various scenic locations including the famous resorts of Pahalgam and Sonamarg. A qawwali song of the movie, which stars Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor, was shot at a famous shrine in Ashmuqam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The regal snow-clad mountains, lush green meadows, juxtaposed with pristine clear streams... every frame commanded us to plan our next trip to this heaven on earth.
So, travel buffs... are you guys all set to explore?
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