Would you believe me if I said that some of the Bollywood movies filming locations abroad are a fantastic source of travel inspiration?
Lots of times, we look for inspiration from a pro, but that’s not always the case. My grandad’s Varanasi diary and my aunt’s fascinating Gangotri stories spark my interest in the limited trips I’ve taken to the Chardham sites. Checking out the mythological spots where Lord Vishnu split goddess Parvathi’s body into 51 parts, even the ones in Pakistan, creates this incredible travel tale for adventurers. And then there’s movies! They’re the biggest and most reachable inspiration for commoners like us.
Here’s a list of 10 places where Bollywood movies filmed, and you can actually visit these locations.
- Kaho Na Pyaar Hai in Thailand
- Suraj Hua Maddham from K3G in Egypt
- Jee Karda from Singh is King in Egypt
- Tu Jaane Na (APKGK) in Turkey
- Dil Dhadakne Do in Turkey
- Bang Bang in Greece
- Tiger in Austria
- Chaar Kadam (PK) in Belgium
- Harry Met Sejal in Netherlands
- Jab Tak Hai Jaan in England
1. Kaho Na Pyaar Hai in Thailand
Back when I was 11, Hrithik Roshan’s debut film, “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (KNPH),” hit screens in 2000. If you were a teen or grown-up then, you’ll recall how we all went nuts over the dashing Hrithik Roshan in that classic love tale. Beyond Hrithik and the movie’s tunes, the dazzling beach spot in some far-off foreign land added a magical touch to the whole Bollywood scene of that era.
Handsome man, stunning filming locations abroad that includes beaches and caves, amazing music to the bollywood drama captivated many hearts including my mom. Since then my mom dreamt of visit the charming beach where they filmed KNPH title track.
Which island was “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai” shot on?
The KNPH title track was filmed on Krabi and Hong Island.
Both are famous among tourists, but I personally loved Hong Island more. During our three-hour stay on the island, there were only four of us from our boat tour. It felt blissful to soak in the sun on a beautiful beach, all while witnessing my mother happily humming “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai.”
2. K3G Filming Location in Egypt
Many Indians have seen the dramatic Bollywood cinema”Kabhi Khushi Gham.” While we may joke about its over-the-top storyline, Karan Johar, the Bollywood director, has a knack for choosing stunning filming locations abroad for romantic scenes in his movies. The song “Suraj Hua Maddham” from K3G, with SRK and Kajol, became a massive hit because of its picturesque setting and soothing melody-both.
Suraj Hua Madham Song Filming Location
We had watched/ heard Suraj Hua Maddham song song millions of times before. But on one day, we noticed that the song begins in front of Egypt’s pyramids. Slowly, SRK & Kajol were romancing in a desert that looked as if Snow queen exploded, and the explosions froze in time to form mysterious formations.
It’s the Bahariya white desert in the west of Egypt, near the Libya border that catches your eyes in the K3G song! Even if you’re not a fan of Bollywood movies, you’ve got to add this place to your bucket list. It might just be the ultimate off-beat destination in all of Egypt, boasting an unbelievable white desert landscape.
3. Singh is King in Egypt
Akshay Kumar, a fabulous actor, can make you watch even a bad movie such as “Singh is King” with his infectious smile and flawless acting. It is one of the below average Bollywood movies with super lame plot, but amazing filming locations overseas.
Jee Karda song filming location in Luxor
In the Punjabi song, the heroine Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar dance enthusiastically in old, ancient Egyptian ruins. It is surprising that the Egyptian authorities allowed them to dance in such delicate and significant ancient location
The song is partly filmed in Luxor’s stunning Hatshepsut Temple in the King’s Valley outside premises. Other parts show the dance amidst the colossal columns of the Hypostyle Hall of the Karnak Temple.
4. Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani filming location
As a young, dating couple, we had a big difference of opinion on Music. Ashrith listened to Iron Maiden; I admired John Denver. We never found a song that we both considered “Nice” until they released “Tu Jaane Na” from Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (APKGK).
That spot, with its white terraces and trickling water, showcased in the backdrop of the song Tu Jaane Na, sparked our dreams of a voyage. It’s a perfect example of the allure of Bollywood filming locations that transport us to different worlds.
Where was Tu Jaane Na song filmed?
Tu Jaane na from APKGK was filmed in Pamukkale of Turkey.
The melody was soulful. Filming was done magically.
As an architect, I adored the ancient Roman theatre and fallen columns where Katrina and Ranbir’s romance blossomed in black attire. But that turquoise water on snow-like terraces of Pamukkale looked unrealistic.
5. Dil Dhadakne Do in Turkey
If you’ve seen those Bollywood movies depicting India’s poverty, try catching “Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD).” Not denying poverty back home, but hey, we’ve got some insane wealth too! This movie tells the tale of a loaded family celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! That too by taking 30 pals on a Greece-Turkey Luxury cruise! It’s all about the emotional rollercoaster as they grapple with society’s expectations.
DDD filming locations in Cappadocia
The movie “DDD” was filmed across Istanbul and Izmir. The song “Phir Bhi Ye Zindagi,” where all the characters struggle with dilemmas, was filmed in Cappadocia.
They only showed Cappadocia for a short moment, but that glimpse inspired thousands of us. Plus, Ranveer Singh riding in the hot air balloon ride adds more fuel to our Turkish travel dream. Bollywood filming locations abroad, indeed, are a great source of travel inspiration.
6. Bang Bang in Greece
The Hindi film “Bang Bang,” starring India’s heartthrob Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, has captured many hearts despite a weak storyline. However, as cinema enthusiasts, many of us fell in love with the locations where they filmed the usual bollywood drama than the actual cinema.
Where was Meherbaan Hua song was filmed?
They filmed the romantic song “Meherbaan Hua” in Santorini. Hrithik and Katrina wandered on meandering alleys by the cliffside of Santorini, mainly in Oia and Fira.
7. Tiger i in Austria
Some movies don’t need prequels or sequels, but they end up creating an entire universe! The Tiger series, led by Despite being a flop, many Bollywood movie producers opt for charming filming locations abroad.Salman Khan’s “Tiger” series is a prime example. Not-so great movie, but exotic spots across the globe.
Salman Khan’s Tiger Movie filming locations
The first of the series, 2012 movie “Ek Tha Tiger” became the first Indian movie to be filmed in Cuba. Then in 2017 they filmed “Tiger Zinda Hai” in Morocco, a song in Greece and some shots in Austria.
Maria-Theresien-Straße in Innsbruck was a prime filming location for “Tiger Zinda Hai” super melodious song “Dil Diyan Gallan.”
2023 Tiger-3 filming locations.
The latest of the trio was filmed in Saint Petersburg, Russia, parts of Turkey, and many scenes in Austria. In the song “Ruan,” you can see it kicks off in the picturesque village of Salzkammergut in Austria. There are also some shots from Salzburg near the Salzach river.
The last part of the “Ruan” song was filmed at Maria-Theresien-Platz, Vienna. You can spot Salman playing the violin standing next to the statue of Maria Theresa, surrounded by hundreds of other folks, while Katrina Kaif jumps around.
8. pk movie filming locations.
In “PK,” movie Aamir Khan plays an alien named PK who gets stranded on Earth after someone swipes his communication gadget. He starts checking out human society, running into all sorts of different customs and beliefs along the way.the female lead, Anushka Sharma, plays “Jagatjanini,” a journalist, who helps him, and he ends up falling for her. Ultimately, the alien “PK” returns to his planet in the climax.
The movie “PK,” with its wild plot, was mostly filmed in India, especially in Rajasthan and Delhi. Only the beginning, which showcases Jagatjanani’s university days, was filmed abroad.
Where did they film Chaar Kadam song from PK?
The opening scenes that feature Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput studying together and falling in love take place in one of the beautiful cities of Belgium. Interestingly, the director, Hirani, picked none other than the picturesque Bruges for this romantic tale in Belgium, known as one of the most romantic cities. The song “Char Kadam,” filmed in Bruges, beautifully captures the essence of this stunning old city.
9. Jab Harry Met Sejal in Netherlands
The director Imtiaz Ali’s movie revolves around voyaging. Thus, he has a skill for choosing perfect, stunning filming locations that suit his Bollywood movies – In India and abroad, both.
The plot of “Jab Harry Met Sejal” revolves around a tourist guide named Harry (played by Shah Rukh Khan) and Sejal (played by Anushka Sharma), a woman who has lost her engagement ring while on a trip in Europe. Hence, they meet each other at Amsterdam Schiphol airport.
Harry Met Sejal shooting locations
Harry and Sejal begin their journey in Amsterdam before traveling to Vienna, Lisbon, Budapest, and Prague, eventually returning to India.
Among the picturesque locations showcased in the movie, the scenes where Harry (SRK) takes tourists to Zaanse Schans stand out. It’s indeed one of the most beautiful places in the Netherlands with its windmills, gardens, and Dutch clogs. It’s no wonder why it serves as such a lovely backdrop for an Imtiaz Ali movie!
10. Jab Tak Hai Jaan in England
In Indian cinema, romance and bustling streets go hand in hand. And when SRK the king of romance, happens to be the protagonist, he and his love interest have to snuggle wherever they are.
“Jab Tak Hai Jaan,” a Hindi romantic movie, is characterized by a weak plot, a loose script, and an illogical story. It features SRK, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma. Despite its shortcomings, Yash Raj Productions showcases their ability to embellish yet another love story with beautiful locations around the world. The film commences in London, and the first half of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” was filmed in and around the captivating city.
The song “Saans Mein Teri” starts with Katrina Kaif running barefoot on Millennium Bridge, opposite to Saint Paul’s Cathedral! Well, the movie might not be great, but this specific scene and location are definitely worth a visit for movie junkies who love exploring filming locations around the world.
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