Relatively new state, Uttarakhand has a lot to boast about - forest cover, the Himalayas, temples, the Ganga, adventure sports, a national park, lakes, the Char Dham Yatra and so much more. Uttarakhand, having caught the eye of Bollywood, has now become a new hub for film shooting. Several places in Uttarakhand have served as a backdrop and premise for several Bollywood movies.
Check out the list, here!
Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
With its beautiful architecture and signature arches, Forest Research Institute has been a backdrop for many Bollywood films. It makes for a great location to shoot at because of the open space around it, and the historic building structure and beautiful arches. Some of the most memorable films shot here are Student of the Year, Krishna Cottage and Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein.
Based on the name of the place, you can guess which movie was shot here. Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan starrer, Kedarnath was set in this beautiful backdrop. The inter-faith love story, which is set in the premise of the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, shows the beautiful surroundings of the temple and the town around it. Kedarnath has gained a lot of fan-following post the release of this movie as well.
Lined with pine trees, a cement path and peace all around, Landour was the backdrop to movies like Student of the Year 2 and Ajay Devgn starrer, Shivaay. Both movies have scenes that feature the frontage of Kellogg Memorial Church. Landour is a beautiful place to walk around and get some fresh air and is a great place to get a view of the greater Himalayas in the background. Another movie that was recently shot in Landour is the Ahan Shetty starrer, Tadap.
Ever wondered where the beautiful hills in the backdrop of the movie Batti Gul Meter Chalu is? A lesser know and relatively unexplored area of Uttarakhand, Tehri is home to Tehri Lake and Dam. Batti Gul Meter Chalu was the first Bollywood film to be shot here. The beautiful city overlooks the confluence of Bhagirathi and Bhilangna rivers. Back when kingdoms were prevalent in India, Tehri was the capital of the Kingdom of Garhwal. Tehri is full of adventure sports, trekking trails and picture-perfect views and is a great relatively less crowded place to get away.
Jim Corbett National Park
2005 Indian supernatural horror film, Kaal was shot in Corbett National Park, India’s first national park to be established. The forest featured in Kaal is home to a range of different species of birds, plants, animals like the jungle cat, elephants, deer, Himalayan black bear, otters, leopards and even tigers.
The Ganga flowing by, a beach, a bonfire, tents, music and good company. Remember the setting of the song Sham from the movie Aisha? Rishikesh played host to that sequence of the film. Rishikesh is known for its religious aspects but is also known was white-water rafting, adventure sports, and camping. Easy to get to, cozy ambiance and not too far distance wise, it made the perfect background for a group of friends who wanted a getaway from their busy lives in Delhi. Parts of Student of the Year 2 were also shot in Rishikesh. Other films that have been shot in Rishkesh are Bunty Aur Bubly and more recently, Badhai Do.
Uttarakhand is a treasure trove for people who love to travel. For a lot of us, exploring a place that we have seen on the big screen is a thrill in itself. Displaying the hidden but prominent beauty of Uttarakhand, these films have done justice to all the locations, showing them in all their glory. If you want to explore these gorgeous locations, you better get packing. Bollywood and hidden gems wait for no one.