With a myriad of stunning locales and picturesque natural vistas, Shimla and Manali, the two jewels in the crown of Himachal Pradesh is highly favoured by Bollywood. A number of amazing blockbusters in Bollywood have been shot in these two place. Of all, here is our pick of 7 Bollywood superhits shot in Shimla and Manali:
1. Jab We Met
Aditya and Geet discovered a solid bond of friendship and love while they travelled from Mumbai to Shimla via Bhatinda. Their sizzling chemistry at the backdrop of lovely locales encapsulates the essence of the film. Many scenes of this film have been shot in the quaint locales of Shimla and Manali. Shooting spots include Rohtang Pass, Naggar Castle in Manali; Shimla-Kalka Toy train and Shimla Mall road.
Major scenes of this critically acclaimed film by Mani Ratnam was shot in Manali. The locales were presented as Kashmir Valley in the film but was actually shot in Manali. Do you remember the scene where the male protagonist of the film was kidnapped? That scene was shot in front of the famous Hadimba Temple in Manali.
The beautiful locales and magnificent Raj-style buildings in Shimla presented the perfect backdrop for the Rani Mukherjee and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Black. Majority of the scenes in this movie was shot in Woodville Palace in Shimla. This palace was depicted as the residence of Rani Mukherjee in the movie.
Though a few portions of the film was supposed to be shot in Kashmir Valley (as the protagonist was an extremist from Kashmir) but those scenes were actually shot in Manali.
5. 3 Idiots
Do you remember the wedding scene of Kareena Kapoor from the movie? From where she escapes with R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi? That scene was shot in the enchanting locales of Shimla. the scene was shot in the beautiful Raj-style hotel Woodville Palace. Apart from that, many of the scenes from this movie was shot in the mesmerising locales of the hill-station.
6. Bang Bang
Most of the scenes of this Hrithik-Katrina Starrer was shot in Manali. After the stunning duo shot their scenes in the famous Manali Bridge, it became a huge tourist attraction. This inspired them so much that the bridge was renamed as Bang Bang point after the movie.
7. Mary Kom
This biopic based on the life and struggle of boxer Mary Kom was first scheduled to be shot in Manipur, the hometown of the boxer. However, due to security reasons, the shoot was shifted to Manali. Omung Kumar recreated Manipur in the beautiful locales of Manali
Rakesh Roshan shot major portions of the film in a 55-day marathon schedule and captured the breathtaking views of the place. The first half of the film was extensively shot in the beautiful Manali Forest Reserve and the Beas River.
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