BOLLYWOOD OPENS THE WORLD AGAIN
By Benaifer J. Mirza
In Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna says, “Wandering around our America has changed me more than I thought. I am not me any more. At least I’m not the same me I was.” There’s something about travelling that liberates you, and also adds beauty to an otherwise plain (or, even boring) story or canvas. Sitting in a movie hall, as an audience, we need to credit Bollywood for taking us to some of the most beautiful places across the globe; many of which, not many people were familiar with till they saw them on screen for the first time. And once a film is shot there, it is not long before Indians start arriving in that country as tourists. It happened with Switzerland in the 1960s and 70s, with Holland, Australia and Scotland in the 1980s and 90s, and countries like Belgium and New Zealand in recent times. The last one year saw film makers getting even more adventurous with their desire to explore the world. Here are some samplers:
A major chunk of Dilwale was shot in Sofia, the capital and largest city of Bulgaria. Watching Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol — the evergreen couple back on screen — in the midst of the beauty of this place… pure bliss.
Witness the glaciers, volcanoes, hot water springs, and stunning hues — the many prides of Iceland — in the song Gerua from Dilwale.
Cuteness in Corsica
What happens in Corsica stays in Corsica — this was a pact between Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor in Tamasha. But, of course, little did they know that their secrets would be out and this mountainous Mediterranean island would soon become such a hot favourite amongst its audience.
It’s stunning, it’s exotic, and it has a unique sense of style and flavour… it’s Poland. Explains why, it was the pick for not one, but two films in 2015. We bet, Bangistan and Shaandaar wouldn’t look and feel half as interesting and exciting if it weren’t for the beauty of this central European country.
Romancing in Romania
From being Europe’s richest country in gold resources, to having seven UNESCO world heritage sites, Romania is one of Bollywood’s lesser explored destinations. Luckily, Akshay Kumar decided to tap the untapped by shooting Singh is Bling in this beautiful locale.
We bet, most of us could kill to be in the shoes of the actors or crew of Dil Dhadakne Do. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a film that was majorly shot on a Cruise Liner Deck 7 touring throughout Europe, specifically France, Spain, Tunisia and Italy, and Turkey, too?
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