Bollywood films are characterized by their love for breathtaking natural settings consisting of sweeping mountain ranges, brimming lakes, lush surroundings and vast fields. As such Udaipur, endowed with all the above mentioned natural features, is quintessentially a Bollywood town. Not only Bollywood, Hollywood is also taken with its beauty and culture. The various movies that have been shot in Udaipur are:
1. Guide (1965)
The first movie ever to shot here was the Dev Annand and Waheeda Rehman starrer Guide. The iconic songs of the film are shot in locations such as the legendry Chittorgarh Fort situated at a short distance from Udaipur, Lok Kala Mandal and Mohta Park. After that year after year, filmmakers thronged Udaipur, charmed by its natural beauty, vibrant culture and royal heritage.
2. Mera Saya (1966)
The thriller film starring Sadhna and Sunil Dutt was shot in Lake Palace.
3. Octopussy (1983)
The famous James Bond has a fighting sequence shot at the Sajjangarh Palace and other scenes at Jagdish chowk, Shiv Nivas Palace and the famed Lake Palace situated on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola.
4. Heat and Dust (1983)
Another Hollywood film, Heat and Dust starring Shashi Kapoor was shot at the scenic location of Pichola Lake.
5. The Jewel in the Crown (1984)
The British period drama was shot at the Lake Palace.
6. Goliyon ki leela-Rasleela (2013)
Fast forwarding to 2013, the iconic Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie had various sequence shot at Pichola Lake and the old markets surrounding the lake.
7. Yeh Jawani hai Deewani (2013)
Another film shot in the same year was Yeh jawani hai deewani where the whole wedding sequence was shot at hotel Udaivilas Palace, which is ranked among the top five hotels in the world.
9. Yaadein (2001)
This is a movie by the famous bollywood show man, director Subhash Ghai. The film did not do very well at the box office but we are not complaining as it features the famous Lake Pichola in a song.
10. Jis Desh Main Ganga Rehta Hai
Enjoy the amazing dance moves of our Hindi superstar Govinda in this typically Govinda Style song.
11. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Featuring some of the finest actors of Hollywood this story features Udaipur and around significantly.
Song Mujhe Mast Mahol Main Jeene De shot at Lake Badi and Shilpgram in Udaipur featuring Miss Universe Sushmita Sen.
Other notable films are:
Saz aur Aawaz (1966)
Prem Ratan dhan Payo (2015)
Main Tulsi Tere angan ki (1978)
Khoon Bhari Maang (1988)
Phool bane Angaare (1991)
Khuda Gawaah (1992)
The Fall (2006)
All these period dramas and films required grand settings and an old period charm which is amply provided in Udaipur because of the presence of centuries old forts and palaces. These palaces and forts are not only architecture marvels but tell stories of a glorious past which often attracts filmmakers.
Apart from the architectural marvel, it is also rich in natural beauty. With abundant lakes such as the Pichola Lake, Badi Lake, Fatehsagar Lake and beautifully maintained gardens such as Saheliyon ki Badi, Nehru Park and Moti Magri there are ample location for filmmakers to choose from.
The vibrant culture of Udaipur with its colorful markets and old city homes are also an ideal location for filmmakers who want to shoot in original settings. Udaipur has a lot to offer to for any genre of films whether it is period or historical dramas, commercial films or art films. The state government is also helpful and provides filmmakers easy access to locations without much hassle. As Udaipur becomes more and more popular among filmmakers, we will surely see more of it in our movies.
At the end we can say that Udaipur is truly a Filmmaker’s Paradise !