Thanks to the grace of our filmmakers who have not only churned out some of the classics in Indian Film Industry by giving entertainment to the masses but also given them a new opportunity to travel and explore more rather wasting bucks on going abroad. One must credit filmmakers like Yash Chopra, Mani Ratnam, Shoojit Sircar, Farhan Akhtar, Imtiaz Ali and even Malayalam filmmakers like Sameer Thahir who have broken the barriers and captured the best of the country making it sandwich well within the film’s narrative constraints and adding great visual value to the images.
Although there are few states like Chhatisgarh and Sikkim and Union Territories like Diu and Daman left who might have seen light in other regional films and moreover, there are even many more Treasures left in India to be explored which could multiply the scope of more filmmaking in such areas and even tourism, thus even generating employment as well.
So we churn out some major films made in the past ten years, along with the Indian states that have made us say, “Incredible India!”
JAMMU & KASHMIR
(Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Rockstar, Highway, Goli-Soda, Kaatru Veliyidai)
It everything needed Snowy Mountains, Dal Lake, Flower-laden valleys, The high terrains of Ladakh which keep you hooked in its wonderful charms of natural wonders by all means which also makes you explore more, no matter how much and where have you been.
(Rang De Basanti, Jab We Met, Rab Ne Bana De Jodi, Dev D, Highway, Punjab Udta Punjab, Happy Bhaag Jayegi)
The Primary credit of bringing Punjab into cinematic highlight goes to Yash Chopra who also started a new trend of “Sarson Ke Khet” and what not. Then the legacy was carried forward in bringing the beautiful farmlands, riversides, forts and towns which are better explored by road only.
(Jab We Met, Highway, Rockstar, Tamasha, 3 Idiots, Dev D, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
Right from the rich Hindu temples of Chamba to the Buddhist colony at Dharamshala, you would like to give Imtiaz Ali mostly the credit for bringing on Himachal on the movie frame to a greater extent,going beyond the usual Shimla covering the high terrains, lush greenery and farms laden landscape and snowy peaks with nomads and….this is certainly not a landscape painting.
(Paan Singh Tomar, Shivaay)
Before shooting the film PST in Dehradun and Roorkee mostly, part of the film “Dil Se” (1998) was shot in Mussoorie and thanks to the magic of Mani Ratnam and Tigmanshu Dhulia who have left no stone behind in showcasing the best of the hilly areas of the state though there is much to be covered well some of the parts would be witnessed in Ajay Devgn’s upcoming action film “Shivaay” which would be capturing the snowy peaks of the state!
(Ishaqzaade, Masaan, Kill Dill, Raanjhanaa, Baby, Gangs Of Wasseypur, Anarkali)
You can say thanks to the recent initiatives of the Uttar Pradesh Government which has helped filmmakers to come and make more films in its state. However, apart from showcasing the badlands, the filmmakers have shown the best of cities and towns like Noida, Lucknow, Kanpur, Hardoi and Banaras which makes us and explore more of the beauty of the state.
( Rang De Basanti, Sivaji-The Boss, Dev D, Rockstar, Vicky Donor, Fukrey, PK, Fan, Sultan, Piku, Madras Cafe, Raanjhana, Baby, Vishwaroopam-2, Robot 2.0)
How can our capital be left behind in filmmaking? I believe no major filmmaker has not tasted even a part of this city for his/her narrative! However, even a Delhite is equally charmed to see the best of the Old, Southern, Developing and Devilish side of the city and would love to explore even more!
(Gulaal, Delhi-6, Shuddh Desi Romance, Jodha Akbar, Highway, Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo, I,The Dark Knight Rises, PK, Filmistan)
The State of Princes and Kings is also the State of wonders where the film industry has tasted royalty in its frames.Right from the Mehrangarh Fort seen in movies like “I” and “The Dark Knight Rises” till the Magical highways seen in the film “Highway” Rajasthan is still left with many more wonders to be seen in cinema
(Raavan, Chakravyuh, Satyagraha)
With just fewer films made and more wonders to be explored which have been mostly found in music and historical texts well I hope the recent Ogilvy and Mather advertisement brings on even more filmmakers to explore more for their films.
(Raavan, Vicky Donor, Gunday, Piku, Kahaani, Te3n)
Now that the City of Kolkata and its surroundings have enough charmed us imagine how great its adjoining areas and even the northern parts like Darjeeling and Kalimpong including the Unexplored Dooars region would be?
(Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhumi)
Sadly there has been no Hindi film exploring this area, but ironically Malayalam Cinema covered its part do not you think we as a country should come together and give this state more highlight in the movies than the Assamese Cinema.Assam covers gems of areas like World’s largest riverine island (Majuli), the areas sandwiched between the Himalayas and the mighty Brahmaputra (Tezpur) and the major historical city of Sibsagar?
(Gangs Of Wasseypur)
Like Uttar Pradesh Government, Bihar togrants some initiatives to the filmmakers, but I wonder why can’t every filmmaker be robust enough to shoot in beautiful landscapes of Patna, Buxar, Dehri On Sone and Katihar, apart from the General Bhojpuri directors?
(Rock on 2)
Finally a major Hindi film brings on a North-Eastern state with its local music flavour…hope it covers the best of its unexplored treasures as well otherwise go on a road tripfrom Shillong to Tura and then think why was I right!
(Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi)
Ironically in this Malayalam film, the state was well-highlighted in a short span of time with its tribal dances, countrysides and the Western-influenced culture which made us desperate enough to visit there, but where the hell is Bollywood?
(Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi)
Same Film, but here…You will find some incredible beaches that too around Paradip…how about seeing some of the best of the coastal culture and settings of Talasari, Chilka, and Chandipur which could bringa viewer to another level?
This State, apart from being a home to most of the Hindi and Marathi films.It has been a part of major of a ‘visual conspiracy’ of some filmmakers for showcasing North Indian villages and towns like “Swades” (2004) and “Mangal Pandey-The Rising” and “Apaharan” (2005).However, there are places like the Kolad, Lonarand Kaas plateau that needs to be covered.
(Dhamaal, Gangster (Malayalam))
Leave the mentioned Dil Chahta Hai says it all
(Guru, Billu, 3 Idiots, Bangalore Days, 100 Days Of Love)
Only South directors like Mani Ratnam and Priyadarshan have played well with the Locals in Hampi and Mysore and shown with different settings and so in films,but apart from Kannada filmmakers, one should also come beyond the urban ‘charm’ of Bangalore and explore gems like Mangalore and Karwar, true?
Maybe the only Hindi film to show that Kerala is beyond the usual backwaters. Like the Malayalam filmmakers, Bollywood should also play with the locales and even rich history with a global appeal laden story with the grace of established talents from there like Mohanlal, Vikram, Vidya Balan and Isha Shravani!
ANDHRA PRADESH AND TELANGANA
(Bobby Jasoos, Baahubali series)
Now if you apply some brains…and watch these two films…you have your answer to explore the best of these two states, right?
(Chennai Express, 2 States, Saala Khadoos, Kapoorand Sons)
A hub of Tamil films, some Hindi films have also tasted Tamil masala in their constraints which also has made the audience explore for more of Tamil cinema and the area, right from Coonoor to Cuddalore.
(Life Of Pi, Kabali)
French Influence,Beaches…Now with the mention of these two films, one can easily imagine the beauty of the place!
ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR
Two songs said it enough, go, explore and capture!
The beauty of the film also lied in the beauty of the island where it was captured which looked like a “Discovery” documentary on that island which soon should be covered in a film faster, right?