It’s a well-known fact that Rajasthan is adored for its beauty by locals and tourists alike. Talking about the tourism aspect, thousands of foreigners arrive in Rajasthan every year to take a look at the Land of the Kings.
It’s not just the wedding photo shoots or the destination weddings that are ideal to shoot here. In fact, many filmmakers have time and again tried their hands at showcasing the barren land of Rajasthan and the majestic ancient structures in films as well.
We all know that Rajasthani culture has been depicted by many period dramas like Jodha Akbar and Padmavati, but even Hollywood has found its shooting locations in places like the heritage hotels of Udaipur and the Chand Baori of Abhaneri. So, it's not just the Bollywood films that showcase Rajasthan's beauty but even Hollywood flicks are interested in exploring the desert state.
Taking a look at the Hollywood films shot in Rajasthan, here is a list of some of the movies that depict the royal beauty of the state:
Octopussy was a James Bond movie starring Roger Moore in the Bond avatar and Louis Jourdan who played the exiled Afghan prince Kamal Khan. The movie was shot in various portions of Udaipur ranging from the Monsoon Palace to Lal Ghat and from Lake Pichola to the City Palace. It even had James Bond traveling in an auto rickshaw in the bylanes of the Lake City.
The Fall is a film that revolves around a paralyzed stuntman Roy Walker (Lee Pace) and a 4-year old Romanian girl named Alexandria played by Catinca Untaru. The film was shot in 28 countries including India. The movie was shot in various places of Jodhpur including Chand Baori, Lake Palace Hotel, Umaid Bhavan and other major landmarks.
The Darjeeling Limited is a story about three brothers who take a spiritual trip through India. The director said in an interview that he fell in love with Rajasthan and hence ended up shooting most of the portions in the moving train through the state. The portions of Jodhpur and Udaipur have been shown in the film.
The famous movie starring Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Tena Desai, and other was based on a hotel that was Ravla Khempur- a heritage hotel in Khempur Village. The film had major portions like markets, busy roads, crowded bus and the serene view of Lake Pichola and the Lake Palace Hotel in the background.
The prison scene in The Dark Knight Rises is shot in the remote location of Mehrangarh Fort. Reportedly, the filmmakers wanted to shoot the movie in a remote area and hence they chose the Mehrangarh Fort for the scene where Bruce Wayne and young Bane can be seen escaping the prison pit. The scene inside the prison has been shot in one of the ancient stepwells of Rajasthan.