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10 Bollywood Film Locations from Northeast India You Probably Didn’t Know


Mehnaz Farooque
Intern, Bordoisila

14th March, 2016


Bollywood is the largest producer of films in the world. And for over half a century now, it has been the prime source of wholesome entertainment for majority of Indians so much so that most of the characters are forever etched into our memories. And it’s not just the characters, every time a movie is shot somewhere the place also becomes immortalized forever. Here is a list of ten Bollywood movies that were shot around you making them immortalized forever.

1.Jewel Thief, 1967

Dev Anand was seen in the streets of Sikkim: It is a proud feeling to say that one of India’s renowned films, the “Jewel Thief”, had many scenes shot in our very own Sikkim. It was back in the year of 1967. This Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala starrer thriller flick is one of the most brilliant Indian movies of all times.


2.Ek Pal, 1986

With lengends like Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh and Shabana Azmi, this movie was shot in Jorhat, Assam and Shillong. This was directed by the very talented Kalpana Lajmi. I bet this was not known to many of us.


3.Kurban, 1991

Bhaijaan had been to Shillong back in the 90s: The then new heartthrob Salman Khan and the ever gorgeous Ayesha Jhulka starrer Kurbaan was shot in Shillong. I am sure the Meghalaya people had a great time having Bhaijaan in their land.


4.Koyla, 1997

It was a treat to see our very own Arunachal Pradesh on the screen: Back in 1997, Rajesh Roshan brought none other than Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit for Koyla, to the alluring valleys of Tawang. The song “Tanhai Tanhai” was shot in the Shungester Lake of Tawang. And anyone who had visited the place would know that the lake thereafter came to be popularly known as the “Madhuri Lake”.


5.Daman, 2001

This movie brought Raveena her National Award: In 2001, Kalpana Lajmi brought the story of Durga Saikia, an Assamese girl, portrayed by Raveena Tandon in Daman. The film dealt with marital violence on women. Some parts of the film had been shot in Kamakhya, Guwahati.


6.Saaya, 2003

Remember John Abraham’s Saaya? Based on a story of a husband’s belief to connect to his late wife, this film had parts being shot in Nagaland. This was directed by Anurag Basu and was relased in 2003.


7.Dansh, 2005

The psychological thriller starring Kay Kay Menon was shot here too: Dansh, released in 2005, was an adaptation of the thriller “Death and Maiden”. It had Kay Kay Menon and Sonali Kulkarni in it. And this spine chiller was shot in none other than our very own Mizoram and it revolved around the Mizo Nationalist Font agitation.


8.Har Pal, Unreleased

Directed by one of the most talented Assamese directors Jahnu Barua, the film Har Pal was shot in Shillong, Meghalaya. It had Preity Zinta and Shiny Ahuja in lead roles. Preity would be seen playing the role of a Khasi girl in the movie. Due to some issues the release of the film has been postponed. But we are definitely hoping to finally watch it sometime sooner.


9.Rock On 2, 2016

Farhan and his band members are ready to rock on again. We all loved the first part and we are anxious to see this one. And, yes, the wait is much more exciting for us, because this time they chose to set it here in Shillong.


10.Rangoon, 2016

And Bollywood just went more locale with this one. ‘Rangoon’, directed by Vishal Bharadwaj, is already trending. The movie stars Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor and is currently being shot in Dhemaji, Assam. The film is set in the World War II era. Shahid and Kangana have also been spotted shooting in Arunachal Pradesh. We just can’t wait to see the beauty of our charming Arunachal hitting the Bollywood screens.

So we can see that every now and then Bollywood has had its influence on the Northeast India, but this is also true that we have not been given the required exposure compared to the rest of the India. There had been many Bollywood movies which were set in the Northeast Indian backgrounds but due to the lack of proper communication and inefficient logistical support, they had to be shot elsewhere. Mani Ratnam’s Dil se and Ajay Devgan starrer Tango Charlie are two of such movies. These movies in spite of dealing with stories basing on this region itself couldn’t be made here. Therefore with developing better communication in this region, we can hope for more of Bollywood happening to our Northeast.


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