“Tareef karu kya uski jisne tujhe banaya”
Bollywood has always been capturing beautiful locations in its films. Be it the songs, the costumes, the actors or the locations everything is done to perfection.
The location, if not THE most important, is one of the most important ingredients of any film. When those breathtaking locations are showcased on a big screen, the experience, cannot just be explained in words.
One such love affair of Bollywood is with Kashmir, and why not, it makes for the perfect romantic location for shooting love scenes or love songs. Be it the portrayal of Gulmarg as Switzerland or covering the Temples of Kashmir, filmmakers have tried their hands at everything.
For Kashmir, Bollywood film shootings and song sequences act as one of the major sources of revenue and it is a feeling of proud which is then later on shared with tourists in the form of “that famous scene of that successful film was shot here”.
There are several Bollywood films that have made Kashmir famous at one or several occasions.
While “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” captures a beautiful Anushka Sharma singing “Jiya Re” on an even more beautiful Dal Lake, “Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani” covers the breathtakingly beautiful Pahalgam.
The recent hit “Bajrangi Bhaaijaan” has stills from Sonmarg, another masterpiece of Kashmir, keeping up to the hype Fitoor captures the essence of the famous Mughal Gardens.
All these Bollywood marvels cover some or the other part of Kashmir, reminding its audiences of the beauty and calm of Kashmir, which are two of its essential qualities. It is a love affair that keeps on growing stronger and we hope it stays this way.
Kashmir is truly the filmmaker’s original dream location, a tourist delight and a heavenly escape from the tedium of the city life. Meanwhile don’t forget to pack your bags to Kashmir and stay with RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar.