Rajasthan has always been a top choice for tourists who wish to explore India as it represents the rich and vibrant culture of the country. However, it’s also one of the most preferred locations when it comes to movies. Filmmakers have a special place for Rajasthan in their hearts because it offers exquisite spaces, ancient structures, and stupendous desert areas that are exclusively found here.
From the epic film Mughal-E-Azam of 1960 to the recently released Dhadak, the colorful Rajasthan and its vibrant beauty have been implemented in several creations. Mentioned here are some Bollywood films that give a glimpse of Rajasthan:
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was a super hit film of the late 90s that beautifully shows the Rajasthani palaces and forts. The popular song 'Tadap Tadap Ke' was shot in the barren deserts of Jaisalmer while other portions of the first half of the film were shot in Bada Bagh Cenotaph of Jaisalmer.
Paheli is a story about a couple living in the rural area of Rajasthan and the unusual turn of events that change their life. It is set in Rajasthan’s Navalgarh and depicts the colorful state and its beauty. From camels to puppets and even the costumes showcase Rajasthani regality.
Dor is an emotionally gripping story of a widow played by Ayesha Takia which also stars Shreyas Talpade and Gul Panag. The locations used in the movie include Mehrangarh Fort, Umaidnagar Gadh of Jodhpur, Pokhran Palace, and Sethrawar village of Jaisalmer. The rural areas shown in the film beautifully blend with the touching story of women and their strong will to survive against all odds.
Given that it was a period film, it was obviously shot in Rajasthan because of the need for palaces. Apart from the Agra Fort, the movie has been shot at Jaipur’s Amber Fort that displays the royal lifestyle of the ancient rulers. These locations have been beautifully captured in the film and will make you want to explore them right away.
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani was all about exploring the beautiful world and the journey taken by Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) around the world. Apart from the foreign locations and the beautiful hills of Himachal, the film also shows some mesmerizing scenic locations of Udaipur and Chittorgarh. While the location for Kalki’s destination wedding is Udai Vilas Palace, other locations include Bagore Ki Haveli.
Although PK was not about Rajasthan it has been shot extensively in portions of Rajasthan like Jaipur and Mandawa. The scene where Aamir Khan is shown with nothing but the radio in his hands has been shot at Sambhar region of Rajasthan. The desolated place looks dangerous yet beautiful with nothing but sand all over the landscape.