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5 Famous Muslim Shrines Captured in Bollywood Movies

By: Akshatha Vinayak

We tend to get more excited about the places showcased in famous movies. Maybe it is easy to connect with the locations as we have seen impressive visuals from the films. Often it happens that, some destinations become more popular after they are captured in the movies.

Similarly, shrines also get more fame or recognition after being picturized; not that they are lesser-known, but more people tend to recognise it later on. In this article, we are taking you on a virtual tour around some famous Muslim shrines which appeared in Bollywood movies!

Ajmer Sharif

Ajmer Dargah
Photo Courtesy: Shahnoor Habib Munmun

Ajmer Sharif Dargah - Jodha Akbar

Ajmer Sharif Dargah has a great importance across the country. Not just Muslims but also the people of other faiths believe in the power of Ajmer Dargah. In the historical movie Jodha Akbar, the protagonist Akbar (Hrithik Roshan), goes to Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Dargah Sharif. The dargah of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti is one of the famous dargahs in India!

Haji Ali Dargah

Haji Ali Dargah
Photo Courtesy: Humayunn Peerzaada

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Haji Ali Dargah - Fiza

Haji Ali Dargah is one of the prominent landmarks in the city of Mumbai. It has a mosque and a dargah which is most revered by the people. Situated in an islet on the Arabian Sea coast near Worli, Haji Ali Dargah is also one of the famous tourist places in Mumbai. In the Hindi Film 'Fiza', the 'Haji Ali Piya' song is dedicated to the saint and also shot in Haji Ali Dargah.

Nizamuddin Dargah

Nizamuddin Dargah

Nizamuddin Dargah - Rockstar

The famous Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi has appeared in several movies. This tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya along with the poet Amir Khusro and the Mughal princess Jehan Ara Begum attracts thousands to this place. It is also one of the favourite Bollywood film shooting locations in India. In the film Rockstar, the song 'Kun Faya Kun' sung by A.R.Rehman is shot in Nizamuddin Dargah.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid - Delhi 6

Jama Masjid is a most prominent Muslim shrine in India. Not just in movies but it keeps appearing in several Hindi serials and advertisements. Jama Masjid is captured in one of the songs 'Arziyan' from the film Delhi 6. This landmark also appears in the backdrop of many scenes in the movie.

Ashmuqam Dargah

Ashmuqam Dargah

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Bhajarangi Bhaijaan - Ashmuqam Dargah

Bajarangi Bhaijaan movie showed several interesting places in India. Among them, Aishmuqam or Ashmuqam Dargah near Pahalgam is one of the locations which appeared in the film. It is said that this is the first ever movie which was shot here. The song by Adnan Sami 'Bar Do Jholi Mere' is picturised in Ashmuqam Dargah.

Apart from being prominent Muslim religious places, these shrines are also heritage architectures. Hence, a visit to these sites is a must on your travels!

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