Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Bollywood is the source of inspiration for many aspects of Indian life, including travel. European holidays as an idea were made popular by the trend of Bollywood songs being shot abroad in exotic locations. Here are 10 destinations that Bollywood brought to life:

Amsterdam, Netherlands Holiday

Hum Tum (2004), Queen (2014)

The Europe holiday centre of Amsterdam was featured in Hum Tum with Rani Mukherjee and Saif Ali Khan where the sites of Amsterdam Royal Palace, Aran Pub, Hard Rock Cafe, Museumplein can be seen. The Bollywood song Ladki Kyu features the canals and windmills of Amsterdam.
More recently the Bollywood song Hungama Ho Gaya from Queen with Kangna Ranaut was shot in an Amsterdam club called NL and became such a hit, that the club hosted a Bollywood party due to the demand.

Bruges, Belgium Holiday

PK (2014) – Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput

The first Indian film to be shot in the popular European holiday destination of Bruges, also called the City of Romance, was PK. The Bollywood song Chaar Kadam features some landmarks like the Market Square, Sint-Jorisstraat, the Beguinage, and the canals.

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Corsica Island, France Holiday

Tamasha (2015) – Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone

The latest Ranbir- Deepika starrer Tamasha was partly shot in Corsica Island. Previously for Indian audiences, the European holiday destination of France was limited to Paris. But with the exquisite locations and beaches of Corsica featured in the movie, the island has become an instant hit.

Costa Brava, Seville, Pamplona – Spain Holiday

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)– Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin
The ultimate Indian road trip/bachelors movie, shot in various parts of Spain. Despite only one movie being shot here, the impact on Spain as a choice for a Europe holiday since the release of ZNMD has been huge. Many tour companies also organise road trips based on the movie.

Greece Holiday

Chalte Chalte (2003), Tashan (2008), Wanted (2009), Bang Bang (2014)

Locations like Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, Rhodes have been popular choices for many Bollywood movies. Most recently Hrithik-Katrina starrer Bang Bang, and Bollywood song Meherbaan were shot there. Kareena Kapoor Khan famously danced in the freezing waters of Greece for the song Chhaliya Chhaliya. Chalte Chalte features many locations from the European wonder of Greece, as one of the protagonists – Rani Mukherjee’s character Priya is from there.

Hungary, Budapest Holiday

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan
The latter half of this Bollywood love triangle is set in Italy but shot in Budapest, Hungary, which is fine until all the road signs are in Hungarian, and the locals don’t speak Italian – not all of Europe is alike! Despite this, the locations featured in the movie like the Opera House and the Széchenyi Chain Bridge are etched in our memories. Salman Khan also headed to Budapest to shoot the climax of Sultan and was spotted near the same bridge 17 years later!

London, United Kingdom Holiday

DDLJ, Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Cocktail, Fan, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Ra.One …
Innumerable Bollywood songs and movies have been shot in London. Karan Johar admits to London being one of his favourite foreign locations and was recently used for his film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil with Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachhan. But the most iconic one worth mentioning is DDLJ with scenes from Trafalgar Square, London where Amrish Puri feeds pigeons, Southall London, which is home to Amrish Puri’s convenience store and King’s Cross Railway Station where Shahrukh Khan and Kajol catch their train.

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Paris, France Holiday

Sangam (1964), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), Queen (2014), Befikre (2016)
Sangam made the use of foreign locations a trend in Bollywood songs. The honeymoon sequence features locations like Paris, Venice, Switzerland. The Eiffel Tower has been a prominent landmark in many films, including An Evening in Paris (1967) and Vikas Bahl’s coming of age drama, Queen. Despite the terror attacks, Paris, with its history and culture, is a thriving Europe holiday destination and a Bollywood song destination!

Prague, Czech Republic Holiday

Rockstar (2011) – Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakri
The central European capital city of Prague with its tiny cobblestone paths, modern buildings and gothic architecture was featured in the Bollywood movie Rockstar, and many sites like the Prague Castle, Sychrov Castle and Charles Bridge visble in the Bollywood song Hawa Hawa, became quite popular Europe holiday destinations.

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Switzerland Holiday

Chandni (1989), Darr (1993), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Dhoom 3 (2013)…
Yash Chopra single-handedly put Switzerland on the map as a European holiday destination by shooting many iconic Bollywood songs in various locations around the picturesque country. The lake Alpenrausch was one of the few locations of the shoot for Chandni. If you didn’t know, Yash Chopra shot so many movies near that lake that the lake has been christened as Chopra Lake.

Gstaad and Jungfraujoch have been featured in DDLJ, Bachna Ae Haseeno. There is even a Bollywood restaurant in Jungfrau!

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