Shimla, one of the most beautiful cities in India also happens to be one of the favourite destinations for movie shootings. Movie shootings in Shimla are popular among many Bollywood and Punjabi film makers. Snow-capped mountains, Green meadows, colourful flowerbed, cool climate throughout the year, friendly locals, easy policies by the state government, colonial monuments etc. are the factors that make it perfect for movie shootings in Shimla. Shimla has connections with Bollywood since black & white era and Hundreds of movies have been shot in Shimla, but here we take a look at the top Bollywood blockbusters shot in Shimla.
1. Bang Bang
Bang Bang one of the highest grosser of 2014 is the top in our series of movie shootings in Shimla. The movie features Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in lead roles where Katrina played a role of a Shimla Girl. Danny Denzongpa, Javed Jaffery, Deepti Naval, Pawan Malhotra and Jimmy Shergill are in other important roles. The movie was shot in different locations of Ritz, Mall Road, Kufri and Lakker Bazar.
Second in our list of movie shootings in Shimla is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s inspirational movie Black. Amitabh Bachan, Rani Mukharji, Ayesha Kapur and Nandana Sen are in lead roles. The movie majorly filmed in Woodville Palace of Shimla, which had been shown as the house of Michelle McNally(Protagonist). Black was selected as one of the 10 best Movies of the year 2005 from around the world by Time Magazine.
3. Three Idiots
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra Three Idiots, third in our list of movie shootings in Shimla. The film was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend in India and had the highest opening day collections for an Indian film up until that point. Amir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R,Madhwan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Mona Singh and Boman Irani are in main roles. The movie had a number of scenes shot in Town Hall and Ritz.
Fourth in our list of movie shootings in Shimla is Tamasha, directed by Imtiaz Ali and starring Ranbir Kapur and Deepika Padukone. Ranbir Kapur played Shimla Boy in the movie, later he moves to Delhi for pursuing Job. The movie had scenes shot in Jakhu Temple, SummerHill and Toy Train in Shimla.
5. Jab we Met
Fifth in our list of movie shootings in Shimla is Jab We Met directed by Imtiaz Ali, starring Shahid Kapoor and Karina Kapur. It was one of the blockbusters in 2007. The popular song “Aoge Jab Tum Sajna” was shot at Mall Road. Mountain Railway and summer hill area in Shimla also made the significant presence in the movie.
6. Gadar Ek Prem Katha
Last but not the least in our list of movie shootings in Shimla is the Movie released in 2001, is set in the time of Partition of India is based on real life of Boota Singh.One of the Biggest Blockbusters in Hindi Cinema Starring Sunny Deol, Amisha Patel, and Amrish Puri. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha is the most watched Hindi film in India as it recorded 5.05 crore footfalls in India.In Gadar, the convent school shown is, in reality, the famous Bishop Cotton’s school of the town.
Best locations for movie shootings in Shimla
The green meadows, colorful flower beds, high hills overlooking the valleys, snow capped mountains, thick bed of snow are seen in various scenes shot in Shimla. The top locations are:
1. Town Hall: One of the favourite spots of Shimla that depicts the colonial architectural marvel. Three Idiots had a number of scene shot here. This famous shooting place is just 1 Km from our hotel on mall road Shimla.
2. Christ Church: One of the ancient churches of Shimla where one can feel the yesteryears of Shimla. Just 6 minutes drive from our 4-star hotel in Shimla.
And here is a look at the shots taken at Hotel Willow Banks featured in Tamasha and Jab We Met!
To many many more films being shot in Shimla, the queen of Hills !