Bollywood movies have a worldwide market and they're usually shot in a large scale budget. Most often the shooting locations become famous through these movies. It is not only the foreign locations but also many South Indian tourist spots that have gained popularity through Bollywood songs.
Some famous Hindi songs have made these tourist places a hit in South India. Major portions of many cult movies like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Sholay and Coolie have been shot in South India. Even some new Hindi films like Rowdy Rathore, Guru, etc. have chosen these destinations to be a part of their movies.
Let us take a tour to the locations in South India through these popular Hindi songs!
Munnar – Chennai Express
Chennai Express became a hit for its comic tale and famous actors. Major shooting locations for the movie were from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa.
In the song 'Kashmir main tu Kanyakumari', we see Deepika Padukone and SRK dancing around the beautiful tea plantations. This location is none other than Munnar, the emerald green landscapes aredefinitely an enhancement to the song.
The movie was also shot around Devikulam Lake in Kerala, Pollachi and Vattamalai Murugan Temple in Tamil Nadu.
Raya Gopura (Melkote) – Rowdy Rathore
Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha starrer Rowdy Rathore became more famous for its songs. 'Chinta ta chita Chita' and 'Dhadang Dhadang' were major hits in the film.
Main shooting locations for 'Dhadang Dhadang' song was Raya Gopura (Melkote Cheluvanarayan Swamy Temple), Bangalore Palace and Lalitha Mahal in Karnataka.
They also wanted to shoot the film in Hampi but the permission was denied, as it is a protected monument.
Athirapally Falls – Guru
The film 'Guru' became a hit for its storyline, star cast and its songs. Aishwarya Rai's entry song 'Barso re' was an instant hitwith Athirapally Falls in the background.
Another Hindi song 'Ek lo ek muft' of this film was also shot in South India (Badami Caves in Karnataka).
'Barso re' still remains one of the famous Hindi songs which showed Aitharapalli Falls in a breathtaking way.
Ooty Pine Forests – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak brought more visibilty to Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla. Many South India locations were part of this film.
The all-time popular song 'Ghazab ka hai din' is shot in the pine forests of Ooty.The dark, rustic beauty of the pine forest is apt for the sequence.
Another song 'Akele hain to kya gum hai' song was shot in the hills of Kolar, Karnataka.
Ramanagara - Sholay
Major shooting of the epic Bollywood film happened in Ramanagaram, Karnataka. A few of the rocky hills in Ramanagara became the shooting spots for this movie.
The song 'Haa jab tak hai jaan' is shot in the hills of Ramanagaram which is 50km to Bangalore. Ramanagara is also one the frequented weekend getaways from Bangalore.
Nandi Hills – Coolie
Amitabh Bachchan starrer Coolie was mainly shot in Bangalore. The song 'Accident Ho Gaya' was shot in Karnataka: Sheshadri Iyer Library (Cubbon Park), Big Banyan Tree, Nandi Hills and Ramanagara.
It is said that the director Manmohan Desai was bored of locations in Mumbai, hence he chose to shoot in and around Bangalore.
Cubbon Park – Coolie No.1
Cubbon Park is a major tourist attraction in Bangalore, in 80's and 90's it also served as an important film shooting spot.
'Main to raste se ja raha' song was mainly shot in Cubbon Park. The beautiful trees and buildings inside the park can be seen in the song.