Hop on to the Bollywood trail
Indian cinema lovers now have the opportunity to re-live their favourite cinematic moments shot at travel destinations across the country. Lonely Planet has brought to India, a first-of-its kind travel guide combining the fascinating worlds of travel and Indian cinema with the launch of Filmi Escapes - Travel with the movies, researched and written by Juhi Saklani.
The travel guide shows India as seen through the eyes of filmmakers, who have over the years presented beautiful locations through their films. Be it scenic Ladakh with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor in 3 Idiots or exotic Kutch with Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the guide revisits these places and, focusses on memorable cinematic moments that made these locations famous.
“With this launch, we hope to tap into the most talked-about topic in the country - Indian cinema. Its reach is phenomenal, with a great influence over many international travellers as well,” reveals Daniel Houghton, Chief Operating Officer, Lonely Planet.
Filmi Escapes lists the must-see sights and experiences of over 20 domestic destinations that include Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi, Shimla, Kasauli, Nainital and Kashmir among others. The travel guide includes interviews with Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Dibakar Banerjee, Nargis Fakhri, Muzaffar Ali and Raima Sen, who reveal their favourite destinations and films.
Did you know?
>> MS Sathyu’s Garam Hawa (1973) is one of the first films to be shot in Agra.
>> In its heyday, Kasauli’s old Alasia Hotel hosted Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer Kapoor as well as Sir David Lean, director of classics such as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.
>> Shammi Kapoor’s ashes were immersed in the Dal Lake of Kashmir to honour his association with Kashmir forged through the many films that he shot there.
>> En route from Leh to Tso Moriri, one crosses the Hymia Bridge near which an on-the-road sequence of 3 Idiots was shot. A signboard here says: “3 Idiots shooting point. All is well!”
>> Shyam Benegal’s Trikal was shot in cartoonist Mario Miranda’s old ancestral home in Loutolim, Goa.
>> A cricket team called Lagaan XI was formed in Bhuj after the film.