Published By: Orna Ghosh

10 Hollywood Films Shot in India: Check Out These Epic Shooting Locations to Revisit.

Lights, Camera, India! 

Hollywood's fascination with India is no secret. From the bustling streets of Mumbai to the majestic palaces of Rajasthan, the country's vibrant culture and stunning landscapes have provided a captivating backdrop for numerous films. 

Here's a look at iconic Hollywood movies filmed in India.

  • Octopussy (1983). This James Bond film takes viewers on a thrilling adventure through Rajasthan. Explore the grandeur of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, where the City Palace, a stunning complex of palaces, is located. The film also features the Mehrangarh Fort (yet again!), showcasing its versatility as a filming location.
  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004). This action thriller features a chase sequence filmed in Goa, a popular beach destination known for its laid-back atmosphere and stunning coastal beauty. While the film portrays a more fast-paced side of Goa, the region also offers serene beaches, delicious seafood, and rich Portuguese influences.
  • The Darjeeling Limited (2007). Wes Anderson's quirky film follows three brothers on a train journey through the majestic landscape of Rajasthan. Hop aboard the luxurious Palace on Wheels, a real-life train that recreates the opulence of royal travel. The film also features the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, a magnificent 15th-century fortress perched atop a hill.
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008). This rags-to-riches story brought the underbelly of Mumbai to life. Explore the chaotic beauty of the Dharavi slum, a maze of narrow alleys and makeshift homes. While the film portrays some harsh realities, Dharavi is also a place of resilience and community spirit.

  • Eat Pray Love (2010). Julia Roberts' journey of self-discovery takes her to Delhi and Pataudi Palace, a stunning example of Rajput architecture near Delhi. While the film only features glimpses of Delhi, the bustling capital city offers historical landmarks like Red Fort and Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India.
  • Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol (2011). This action-packed film features a heart-stopping sequence filmed on the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in Dubai (technically not India, but geographically very close). However, the film also showcases the stunning architecture of Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its blend of Victorian Gothic and Mughal influences.
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011). This heartwarming comedy follows a group of British retirees who move to a newly-opened retirement home in Jaipur, India. Explore the vibrant city of Jaipur, also known as the "Pink City," known for its iconic Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and Amber Fort, a sprawling 16th-century fort complex.

  • Life of Pi (2012). Ang Lee's visually stunning film takes viewers on a fantastical journey with a young boy adrift at sea. While much of the film was shot on a soundstage, the opening scenes were filmed in Pondicherry, a French colonial town known for its colourful streets and French architecture.
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The final chapter of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy features scenes filmed in Jodhpur, including Mehrangarh Fort (mentioned earlier). The film also showcases the beauty of Rajasthan's Thar Desert, a vast expanse of dunes perfect for an adventurous escape.
  • Zero Dark Thirty (2012). This gripping film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden features scenes filmed in Chandigarh, a modern planned city known for its wide boulevards and architectural marvels designed by Le Corbusier. While the film focuses on the mission, Chandigarh offers a glimpse into modern Indian urban planning.

These are just a few examples of Hollywood's love affair with India. So, the next time you plan a movie marathon, consider these films and let them inspire your travel bucket list!