In the last 20 years, many Bollywood movies have been filmed in Scotland. Since the massive success of Bollywood blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998, several more Bollywood films have used Scotland as a filming location.
The romantic atmosphere of Scotland’s beautiful cities, castles and lochs compliment the music and the themes of the films and provide the perfect backdrop. Bollywood films featuring the Scottish Highlands have gained interest from the Indian market. Visitors from India has sky-rocketed since 2007, which will be due to the stunning locations being used in these Scottish-themed Bollywood films.
We are going to take a look at which Bollywood films have featured Scotland as a location and the best way to see these locations if you're planning a visit to Scotland.
Photograph by: VisitScotland - James Glossop
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Bollywood blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Something... Something Happens) was directed by Karan Johar and stars Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The plot combines two love triangles set years apart. The title song was filmed exclusively in Scotland for 10 days and features several picturesque Scottish locations including: Eilean Donan Castle, Glencoe, Tantallon Castle, Bass Rock and more.
The film was the highest grossing Hindi film of the year in 1998, and was the first Bollywood films to have major success in the UK film market.
To celebrate the film's 20th anniversary, Visit Scotland created a useful leaflet, showing the locations featured in the film. You can download it from here.
Kandukondain Kandukondain (I Have Seen, I Have Seen) is a 2000 film based on Jane Austins novel Sense and Sensibility. Directed and co-written by Rajiv Menon, it stars former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai.
The title song of the film used Eilean Conan Castle as the backdrop.
Much of Pankaj Kappor’s Mausam (2011) was filmed in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh. The city was acting as a double for Kasmir. The scene where Harry (Shahid Kapoor) sees Aayat (Sonam Kapoor) for the first time was shot at the Dugald Stewart Monument and their ball dance was filmed at Donaldson’s School, also in Edinburgh. Many other Edinburgh locations feature in this film such as St Giles’ Cathedral, Usher Hall and the Grassmarket.
Main Solah Baras Ki
Main Solah Baras Ki (I am Sweet Sixteen) is a 1998 Bollywood film directed by Dev Anand. It was the first Bollywood movie to be filmed in Scotland and is loosely based on the Anand's life. Anand's choice of locations included Edinburgh, Fort William, Ben Nevis, and Perth.
Below you can find a list of Bollywood films that recorded scenes in Scotland, click on them to see where they were filmed:
For a PDF map of even more Bollywood films that have been filmed in Scotland click here.
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