Take travel inspiration from your favourite Bollywood songs and explore the filming locations of these popular numbers on your next vacation.
Watching a movie is a sensory experience like no other. From the story, the characters, the music and to the set – all these elements come together to captivate our attention and offer us an escape from our mundane daily life. Many times, these movies inspire us to make this fantasized escape a reality- a reality lived by travelling to the movie locations, in an effort to romanticize our lives as done in the movies. Whether it was the age-old classics such as Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge that pushed the ‘Simran’ in us to travel through Switzerland to find our ‘Raj’, or the GenX iconic movies such as Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara that motivated us to shut our laptops and plan a trip with our friends. Movies have always encouraged people to live out their fantasies and travel to places that they have never been before.
What makes Bollywood movies extra special are the songs. The songs in a movie are what makes them truly evergreen. No matter how old a film may be, the moment we hear the tune to a song, we can’t stop humming it, and in a matter of seconds start recalling the film! Bollywood songs serve as travel inspiration in their own right, with filming on pristine beaches and breathtaking snow-clad mountains. While watching music videos, one can’t help but marvel at the scenic sets and the aesthetic locations. If you want to know the filming locations of popular Bollywood songs for some much-needed travel inspiration, then this guide will give you all the details! Plan the dream trip you are yet to embark on to these Bollywood songs’ filming locations.
Here are the filming locations of these popular Bollywood songs:
Besharam Rang from Pathaan – Spain
Who hasn’t seen the music video of Besharam Rang? The sensuous and sensational video was buzzing in the news days after its release. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, Pathaan is an action-thriller movie that will tentatively premiere on January 25, 2023. Within a month of the music video’s release, the clip garnered 21,30,00,000 views on YouTube. The song was filmed on the picturesque coast of Spain. One can spot the scenic beauty and beaches of Mallorca, Cadiz and Jerez in the video.
Ghungroo from War – Italy
Another action-thriller movie on this list, War had actors like Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff showing off their dancing and fighting skills. While the movie was shot across many countries, the song Ghungroo was shot in Italy, that too on the Amalfi Coast! Hrithik Roshan’s dance moves, the white sand beach of Positano and sea-facing mountain roads had people wishing to visit the beautiful Italian coast of Amalfi. You can even recognise Positano’s beach in the music video!
Ude Dil Befikre from Befikre – Paris
Shot entirely in France, Befikre is one of the Bollywood films that have been shot in the city of love. The music video of Ude Dil Befikre was shot across many iconic French tourist spots. Starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, the romantic-comedy movie’s song also had a scene filmed on the terrace of Opera Garnier (Paris Opera).
Matargashti from Tamasha – France
The 2015 romance drama starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone was shot in Japan and France. Matargashti was filmed in Corsica, an underrated island in the South of France. The music video has the two actors dancing around the Mediterranean island, giving a tour of all the beauty Corsica holds.
Meherbaan from Bang Bang! – Greece
Starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, Bang Bang! is a romantic action movie from 2014. This film was shot at multiple locations across the world like Thailand, the Czech Republic, Greece and the UAE. The music video of Meherbaan takes place in Greece, specifically on the island of Santorini. The iconic white and blue buildings in Santorini can be spotted in the music video, with the lead pair romancing in some of the most picturesque spots on the island.
Tumhi Ho Bandhu from Cocktail – South Africa
Cocktail is a romance-drama film starring Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan and Diana Penty that was released in 2012. The song Tumhi Ho Bandhu is one of the most popular songs in the movie, transporting all viewers immediately to a beach party in South Africa. A special set was built at the Maiden’s Cove beach in Cape Town to give the beach party vibe on the beautiful South African coast.
Khaabon Ke Parinday from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
The movie that made Indians fall in love with Spain, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is one of the Bollywood movies which has been the road trip inspiration for Indians across the globe! With Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol as lead actors, the song Khaabon Ke Parindey has the actors driving across Spain, enjoying the views from the road.
Tu Jaane Na from Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani – Turkey
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is a romantic-comedy film from 2009 featuring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. Tu Jaane Na, the slow romantic number has the lead actors romanticising with Aspendos Theatre and Pamukkale in Turkey in the backdrop.
Suraj Hua Maddham from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham – Egypt
Kabhi Khushi Khabhie Gham (K3G) is a cult classic within Bollywood. The 2001 family drama, to date, is a favourite binge-watch for many Indians. The classic romantic song Suraj Hua Maddham has glimpses of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol romancing and dancing in front of pyramids in Egypt. All the desert shots in the song were filmed in Egypt.
Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – Switzerland
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is one of the most iconic movies from the 90s! Also known as DDLJ, the movie has played an influential role in Indian pop culture. The song Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main from the movie was filmed in Switzerland, featuring tourist hotspots like Fribourg and Saanen. You can even see Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan dancing at the railway station in Saanen and frolicking around the snowclad mountains of Switzerland.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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