Over the years, Bollywood has become a huge industry and now they prefer to shoot in several countries including USA, Europe, Australia, etc. But the charm of Indian locations is still the same. Out of all the scenic destinations in India, Darjeeling stands at a special place as per Bollywood. The scenic city is perched amidst the Eastern Himalayas near the border of Sikkim, in the state of West Bengal. Darjeeling is famous for its vast tea estates, awestruck views of mighty Kanchenjunga (the highest mountain peak in India) and the toy train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Darjeeling has an iconic link with Bollywood. Several blockbuster movies have been shot here and showcased the beauty of the place to the people.
Here is a list of few Bollywood movies that are shot in Darjeeling.
Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961)
If you are a fan of Dev Anand then you must have heard the song “Jiya Ho Jiya Kuch Bol Do”. The song was shot in the locales of Darjeeling. The movie became one of the biggest hits of that year. It was one of the oldest movies which showcased the beauty of Darjeeling.
Here’s another super hit movie directed by Lekh Tandon, starring Shami Kapoor and Kalpana. The entire movie was made in and around the town of Darjeeling. The famous song “Mai Chali Mai Chali” was shot at Batasia Loop and Chowrasta.
Aaye Din Bahar Ke (1966)
This movie had covered and showcased the beauty of Tea Gardens of Darjeeling for the first time. Dharmendra and Asha Parekh were in the lead roles of the movie and it became a blockbuster.
Here comes the evergreen song “Mere Sapno Ki Rani” which was shot on the streets of the hill town of Darjeeling. It is one of the movies that strikes first when there is a talk about movies made in Darjeeling. An extensive part of the movie was shot in the Darjeeling. In the song, Rajesh Khanna rode a jeep and followed Sharmila Tagore on the Darjeeling Toy Train by singing a song.
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992)
The Aziz Mirza’s film, starring Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, was shot on the streets of Darjeeling. It was the first movie after Gorkhaland agitation, which got hit and again showcased the beauty of Darjeeling. The film and its music was a hit.
Main Hoon Na (2004)
Most of the people have heard about this movie and many must have seen it. Directed by Farah Khan, the movie starred Shahrukh Khan, Zayed Khan, Sushmita Sen, Sunil Shetty, Amrita Rao and others. The film became a megahit and Darjeeling was proved lucky for Shahrukh Khan. The song “Chale Jaise Hawayein” was shot in the campus of St. Pauls in Darjeeling.
It is one of the latest and famous movies which was shot in the Himalayan town of Darjeeling. This romantic comedy film was directed by Anurag Basu and it starred Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Ileana D’cruz. Barfi is counted as one of the most important films which were shot in Darjeeling and it won several awards.
This adventure comedy film was also shot in the locales of Darjeeling. Directed by Divya Khosla Kumar, the lead roles in the movie included Rakul Preet Singh, Himansh Kohli, and Nicole Faria. It is also one of the latest movies which were shot in Darjeeling and it was a hit.
So next time you head out to Darjeeling, make sure you visit these iconic shooting spots. It is a proven fact that Darjeeling is beyond piping hot thukpas and momos. Book your stay at Sterling Darjeeling resorts and experience the best of Darjeeling with Sterling.