When Hollywood goes Desi: 10 Films in Hollywood that were Shot in India

  • RENUKA SHAHANE
  • Nov 20, 2015
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Hollywood is an enticing affair and we Indian’s go crazy over Tom cruise and Brad Pit just the way we do for SRK and Salman Khan. Needless to say, Hollywood movies have been one of the prime entertainments for Indians. And when Hollywood goes Desi, the fun is just doubled!

Here are some fantastic movies from Hollywood that were shot in India:

1. Zero Dark Thirty- Chandigarh

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This gripping thriller that runs us through the mission carried out to hunt and execute Osama Bin Laden was supposed to be shot in Abbotabad, Pakistan. But due to restricted permissions and security reasons, the movie was shot in Chandigarh.

2. Octopussy- Udaipur

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A 1983 007 movie, the portrayal of James Bond by Roger Moore is pretty terrific. Most of the film was shot in Udaipur at the scenic locations of Lake Palace and Jag Mandir.

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3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button- Varanasi

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The movie that was applauded because of its unique storyline and celebrated Brad Pitt’s performance as the reverse-ageing Benjamin was shot in Varanasi- one of the most magnetic destinations across the world.  

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 4. The Dark Knight Rises- Jodhpur

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One of the top fictional characters in Comic books, Batman woes us all with his killer looks and Christopher Nolan just took this character a notch higher with the TDKR series. The jail sequence in one of the movies from the franchise was shot at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.

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5. Eat, Pray, Love- Delhi, Haryana

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This movie is based on the book by the same name and flows through the various stages of emotional and psychological journey of a woman. In the movie, the main protagonist is played by the stunning Julia Roberts and the ‘Pray’ part of the movie was extensively shot in India; in Ashram Hari Mandir in Pataudi in Haryana.

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6. The Bourne Supremacy- Goa

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This spy-action thriller was shot in Goa which is already a very popular filming location for Bollywood movies. The grain-infused look of frames made it look even better!

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7. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- Jaipur and Udaipur

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Think Exotic and Hotels, Think Rajasthan! Dotted with beautiful palaces exhibiting grand architecture, palace forts in Jaipur and Udaipur are a perfect setting for movies. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel describes characters played by Judie Dench and Maggie Smith come down to India for a vacation and was majorly shot in Jaipur and Udaipur.   

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 8. The Darjeeling Limited- Udaipur, Jodhpur

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Although the name says Darjeeling, this movie that narrates the story of three brothers played by Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody was shot in Udaipur and Jodhpur. With India being the destination for the spiritual pursuit of the brothers, this movie was a treat to watch!

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9. Mission Impossible 4- Mumbai/ Bengaluru

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One of the most awaited spy thrillers across the world, this one was special for Indians in two ways. One- It had a cameo of Anil Kapoor and two- some of its part was shot in Mumbai and Bengaluru, including the climax scenes.

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10. A Mighty Heart- Pune and Mumbai

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Adaptation of a memoir by Marianne Pearl, wife of Wall Street journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was killed and kidnapped in Pakistan; A Mighty heart is a heart wrenching saga. Although the movie was supposed to be shot in Pakistan, due to security reasons, the movie was shot in Mumbai and Pune.

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Looks like India entices the westerners with its exotic beauty and vivid hues of spirituality making them come all the way here to shoot movies! Not that we’re complaining!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RENUKA SHAHANE RENUKA SHAHANE

Living out of a carry-on and traversing through the labyrinths of Europe, exploring the wilderness of America, divulging the eccentric culture of the Latin world and re-connecting her roots that sprawl in the rustic villages of India is one dream that she sees every single night. Once Lost, Now Found; Renuka is still oscillating between the paths to choose and the dreams to chase. A believer of righteousness, she likes to trust that her life is in accordant with her favourite book.

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