Bollywood is in love with exotic locations for its shootings. Rajasthan is full of such landscapes and locales where Bollywood movies were shot. Some movies even had their stories that were centered on Rajasthani culture. So let’s take a look at the famous Bollywood movies that showcased the gorgeous beauty of Rajasthan.
Shot entirely in Rajasthan, Paheli is a Shah Rukh Khan movie, where you see the colors of Rajasthan in all its magnificent hues. There are the rich and vibrant Bandhej sarees worn by Rani Mukherjee and other female cast, and the flamboyant pagris or turbans worn by its male characters. The home décor is also typical Rajasthani, with paintings adorning walls, and heavy wooden doors with chains and shackles. There are camel races, ghoomar dances, and the stunning Chand Baori step well.
This critically acclaimed Lamhe starred Anil Kapoor and Sri Devi in lead roles. Part of the movie was shot in Rajasthan. The famous song “Morni baga ma boli” is where we see tribal gypsy folk dancers singing ballads around a raging bonfire, surrounded by the sand dunes of the Thar, and the song “Mohe chhedo na nand ke lala” was shot in Kanak Vrindavan gardens in Jaipur. Anil Kapoor’s haveli was shot in Ram Bagh Palace in Jaipur.
Directed by Shyam Benegal, Zubeidaa was shot extensively in Rajasthan. There are visuals that will entice you to travel to Jaipur and see the lavish palaces. You see rustic beauty of its desert landscapes, hill forts, camel carts, folk songs, and tribal attires. Excellent photography has captured some striking visuals of Naraina Niwas Palace in Jaipur. Even the jewelry worn by Karishma Kapoor and Rekha belonged to the royal family of Jaipur.
Who can forget the artistically decorated mirror work reflecting the dancing Anarkali (Madhu Bala), as she confesses her love for Salim (Dilip Kumar) in the most dramatic of ways!! These mirrors are the most stunning work of craftsmanship of Sheesh Mahal in Amer Fort of Jaipur. Deeg Palace of Bharatpur is also captured in the most beautiful manner.
Rang De Basanti
The wild side of Aamir Khan and Sharman Joshi is brilliantly focused in the famous beer scene, shot in Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur. Khalbali song is also picturized in Nagargarh Fort.
Shuddh Desi Romance
The story of the movie revolves around Jaipur, and shows the Pink City’s most alluring tourist landmarks like Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal and its colorful bazaars. It truly is a movie shows Jaipur in its most glamorous avatar.
The shot of Aamir Khan standing naked on a deserted railway track, while holding onto a radio, perhaps introduces Rajasthan at its most desolate. There are no trees, just a barren landscape all around, but it’s so scenic a landscape that you can feel the heat of the desert. The movie was extensively shot in Mandawa and Sambhar regions, where there’s India’s biggest salt lake. We can also see colorful Rajasthan costumes and culture in the song “Tharki Chokro”.