Always thought only international destinations could qualify to be preferred movie locations? Check out these 5 famous villages where iconic Bollywood movies were shot. After all, India has many beautiful places in store!
1. Ramanagaram- the “Sholay” village
Ramanagaram or the Silk City was brought to the Indian map, thanks to the epic movie, Sholay, which was entirely shot here. It sits pretty on the way from Bangalore to Coorg and as you drive past the route, you can see the huge, rocky mountains even from the highway.
Even though it is a bustling township nowadays, Ramanagaram was a small, quiet village back then and a walk through the streets here takes you back to the Sholay days. It became famous as Ramgarh after the movie and is known by its “reel name” till date.
2. Kanuria- Lagaan’s claim to fame
Remember the rustic village of Champaner where the iconic Lagaan movie was shot? Well, the village that was shown in the movie was Kanuria, a small village in Gujarat. With its dry and dusty landscape, Kanuria played the perfect host to our lovable Bhuvan and his teammates.
3. Courtallam- the Roja effect
Want to relive the magic of “dil hai chota sa” from the movie Roja? Take a trip to Courtallam, one of the famous cities in Tamil Nadu, which is referred to as “the spa of south India” as it is home to various gushing waterfalls including Peraruvi, Chitraruvi and Aintharuvi. Shown as Sundarapandiapuram in the movie, it was actually Courtallam which charmed the viewers with its picturesque beauty.
4. Pollachi- meet Billu here
A lovely village with an amazing backdrop, Budbuda was Billu’s native place in the movie. However, Budbuda is Pollachi in real life and it is about 40 km from Coimbatore. The small and serene Pollachi village is a must visit if you want that much needed break from the hustle bustle of city life.
Photo of Pollachi by Vijay S
5. Menavali Ghat- the Swades connect
Loved Charanpur where Shahrukh Khan came searching for his roots and his aunt? Want to visit the same village on your next trip? Well, the place is Menavali Ghat in Wai district of Maharashtra. Home to serene ghats and beautiful temples, this one is approximately 80 km from Pune.
A trip to these 5 famous villages where iconic Bollywood movies were shot is a must if you are an ardent Bollywood fan and want to take home some filmy memories!
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