The Indian film industry is much younger to the west, but India’s position in world politics has created a tempting desire for the western filmmakers to add an Indian touch to their visual storytelling.

Directors as big as  Christopher Nolan also couldn’t resist the temptation of shooting in India.

The list below can pleasantly surprise Indians.

6. Eat Pray Love (Delhi & Pataudi)

Columbia Picture’s visual representation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book gave a different dimension to her words. The film is basically a narrative journey to Italy, India and Indonesia.

Ryan Murphy’s visual treatment of the Indian sequence touches upon the raw prospects of  Indian culture. He had to choose his locations with immense precision for the frame to capture the authenticity of the story. Delhi & Pataudi, Princely state of former cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan, last Nawab of Pataudi gave the director the visual room to capture what the script desired.

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5. The Bourne Supremacy (Goa)

The makers of the famous Borne series found potential in the Indian geography and hence shot a sequence of their second film of the series in India.

Goa was one of the prime shooting sites for the film.  Paul Greengrass, the director of the film managed to capture the essence of India keeping the thrill of the film alive.

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4.  Zero Dark Thirty (Chandigarh)

A man who shook the mankind by one of the biggest terror attacks of the world on September 11, 2001, was the point of interest in the film. Kathryn Bigelow wanted to replicate the demise of the real life antagonist with the greatest detail possible.

Detailing out  frame captured is important as detailing out facts and figures. The makers of the film wanted to shoot in the real location of Pakistan where OSAMA BIN LADEN was assassinated  to give the audience a real sense of authenticity. Pakistan, with its political stand, never allowed the film to be shot in its boundary.

India grabbed the opportunity with both hands and the whole set of Lahore and Abottabad was recreated in PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh. A few portion of the film was also filmed in Mani Majra.

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3. Jobs (Delhi and Vrindavan)

It’s difficult to imagine the world without Apple. The man who changed the world of technology interesting made a visit to India very early in his life. Joshua Michael Stern in his bio-pic chose to shoot in real locations of his visit.

Portions of the film were staged in Chandni Chowk, Delhi and Vrindavan.



2. The Dark Knight Rises (Mehrangarh Fort – Jodhpur)

Christopher Nolan’s name is enough to inspire any upcoming director. His visit to India had triggered his visual sensibility, it led to him shooting the third part of the Batman series (The Dark Knight Rises) in India The film eventually became one of the biggest hit of all time. Hence, giving India a good reason to cheer about

In the film, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur was used for Wayne’s escaping scene.

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1. The Rains Came (Agra and Bihar)

When motion pictures were just on its rise, 20th Century Fox had adapted an American novel by Louis Bromfield in 1939 to give it a visual structure.

The crux of the film was based in India. The filmmakers had limited options than to shoot in real locations considering the limited technology they had. The limitation led the film to be one the oldest film Hollywood film to be shot in India.

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