Kashmir, a proud backdrop to many Bollywood movies.

While thinking of a topic for this week’s blog, I wanted to come up with a different aspect of Kashmir, since we’ve already explored Kashmiri beauty and culture a lot. Reading the same topics, again and again, may get you bored, which is also part of my plan to diversify your reading.

One day while I was watching the movie ‘Yeh Jawaani hae Deewani’ and saw ‘the trekking trip’ scene, I thought of one of the most famous and widely accredited trekking in Gulmarg, and much to my surprise I learnt that the scene that was actually passed off as Manali in the film was actually our very own Gulmarg. Can you believe it?
This is why I thought why not to write a post about the bonding of Indian movies with the most romantic, tourist-friendly destination of Kashmir.

‘The heavenly beauty of Kashmir could echo perfectly the heavenly emotion of romance’, and why not? The destination of Kashmir has served a proud background for scenes in many famous Bollywood movies.
While the likes of
“Kashmir Ki Kali’, where the scenic Dal Lake became a backdrop to the evergreen peppy song ‘Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra’,
‘Junglee’, Shammi Kapoor’s first colour film was shot majorly in the valley,
‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’ where the story revolves around a Kashmiri boatman falling in love with a tourist,
to Aap Ki Kasam, Silsila” are among others, that romanticised the valley’s natural beauty in the 1960s and 70s, let’s move on to more recent releases that you probably did not know was shot in picturesque Kashmir.

Here then, let’s take you through some of the most notable Bollywood movies set in Kashmir!

  1.       Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

An amazing blend of trek, romance and never-ending friendships create a riot of adrenaline as they set out in the breathtakingly beautiful location of Gulmarg, Kashmir and not Manali!

  1.       Highway

Did the locations of Imtiaz Ali’s, Highway get you moving? Well then, a significant portion of the film was shot in Kashmir, including Aru valley, Pahalgam and the famous Srinagar-Leh highway!

  1.       Jab Tak Hai Jaan

While the scenic beauty of especially the song ‘Jiya Re’ is evidently shot in Kashmir, amidst the beautiful green valley, and houseboats lined up, many scenes were also shot in Ladakh and Kashmir besides London.

  1.       Student of the Year

Thinking of visiting the place where the song ‘Ishq Waala Love’ was shot? Think no more, pack your bags and leave for Kashmir. Yes, the indescribably beautiful snow-covered backdrop is majorly shot in Kashmir!

  1.       Rockstar

A portion of director Imtiaz Ali’s film, Rockstar was also shot in Kashmir. From food served in the traditional tram to Nargis Fakhri’s character and traditional outfit/ jewelry, the director has gone to great lengths to present the culture and tradition of the valley.

  1.       Lamhaa

Madno, from the movie Lamhaa, was shot at various locations in Srinagar such as Pari Mahal, Dal Lake and some gardens.

  1.       Tahaan

A must watch award-winning film shot entirely in the Kashmir Valley. A story of a young Kashmiri boy and his beloved donkey set in the beautiful landscapes of Pahalgam, Kashmir.

  1.       Saat Khoon Maaf

A song from Priyanka Chopra’s Saat Khoon Maaf was picturised in the mesmerizing backdrop of Gulmarg, Jallani House and Shalimar Gardens (in Srinagar).

  1.       Yahaan

This movie was shot entirely in never-before-seen locations in Kashmir!

  1.   Fitoor

Kashmir has always remained a fan of Bollywood, and as a fan, the Valley was once again eager to welcome the film fraternity for the shooting of Fitoor. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring beauty of Kashmir shown in the love story that surpasses social divide.

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever!” Bollywood doesn’t seem to get over with the everlasting infatuation with the beautiful Valle of Kashmir. The love affair has only grown stronger.
Pack your bags immediately and travel to the most breath-taking backdrop for romantic scenes in Bollywood.