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Film Shootings in Shimla

Shimla offers quaint natural beauty along with many places that are still standing as the testimony of colonial era in India. These colonial buildings or monuments have been seen in various movies and are definitely the epitome of architectural marvel. For any visitor who is planning for a Shimla Tour, these shooting destinations are a must-to-visit. Whether it is a low-budget movie or a big-budget movie, Shimla has lots to provide a picture perfect look for the movie. The picture perfect beauty of Shimla, its elegance and simplicity has always created special effects for the Filmy-Duniya.

Movies of all flavors have been shot in Shimla. Whether it is a sweet romantic love story like the Love in Simla of 60s starring Dev Anand and Sadhana ...

Bollywood in Shimla
"Love in Simla"

Or if it is upcoming block buster of 2014 - “Bang Bang” starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, Shimla keeps hovering in movie scenes of Bollywood.

Shooting of Bang Bang in Shimla
"Bang Bang"

In fact, Director David Dhawan believes that Shimla has always proved lucky for him. His recent direction "Main Tera Hero" had scenes shot in the picturesque Shimla.

Main Tera Hero
"Main Tera Hero"

Pleasant climate throughout the year, easy policies and fast permission granting by the government, proper safety and well-equipped studios are the other factors that make Shimla a perfect setting for film shooting. Movie and serial makers of Bollywood prefer not go to any other overseas hill stations for shooting and Shimla cuts-off these extra expenses to a great extent.

Favorite Shooting Spots in Shimla

The green meadows, colorful flower beds, high hills overlooking the valleys, snow capped mountains, thick bed of snow are seen in various scenes shot in Shimla. Let us now take you to all those places again.

Town Hall, one of the most favorite tourist spot of Shimla not only depicts the colonial architectural marvel but is a favorite shooting spot of the film industry.

'3 Idiots' had a number of scenes shot in Town Hall of Shimla.

Shooting in Shimla
"3 Idiots

Another beautiful escape is the Woodville Palace of Shimla which was also used during the shooting of this movie.

Shimla Woodville Palace
"Woodville Palace: The house of Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad in 3 Idiots"

The inspiration of the last decade “Black” has scenes shot in and around Shimla. In this movie the Woodville Palace had been used as the house of Michelle. Have a look...

Shimla in Bollywood Movies

Christ Church is one of the ancient churches of India and one could feel the yesteryears of Shimla when one comes here. This Church has also been one of the favourite shooting locations in Shimla.

The song, Behti Haawa Sa Tha Woh” has popularized the Christ Church among the tourists. This famous Aamir Khan movie has several scenes shot in Shimla. View it below.
Horror movie Raaz II has many scenes shot in Shimla. Bishop Cotton College has been used for shooting in the movie “Gadar, Ek Prem Katha”.

Apart from the above spots, the Shimla Toy Train and Shimla Station have been used a lot of times in various song sequences of Bollywood movies.

The famous song - Tu Kanha ye Baata” of the movie “Tere Ghar ke Saamne” starring Dev Anand and Nutan has been shot at Shimla Railway Station. The toy train running between Shimla-Kalka narrow gauze, is one of the heritage railways of the world. Travelers never miss out an opportunity to experience this enjoyable train ride.

The Song “Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai” of the movie Dost starring Dharmendra, was shot in the Shimla toy train. The song “Mere Dil Me Aaj Kya Hai” from Daag, starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore has scenes shot in Shimla.

Who could ever forget the toy train sequence of the movie “Jab We Met”. ”Jab We Met” was a very different romantic movie presented by Imtiaaz Ali starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor and this flick has a lot of sequences which were shot in Shimla.

Toy Train of Shimla
"Shimla Toy Train in Jab We Met"

Shooting of Jab We Met in Shimla
The Shooting of Jab We Met in Shimla

During the Shhooting of Jab We Met
"Rehearsing the Dialogues"

The heart of Shimla, the Mall Road has also made significant presence in this movie. One of the most expressive songs of the same “Aaoge Jab Tum” was shot at the Mall Road. Another movie named “Kraantiveer” was also shot at the Mall Road, the Ridge and the Scandal Point.

Bollywood’s hit song “Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle ka Naata Koi” is also shot in the air of Shimla. The movie has many scenes of the snow covered Shimla with the evergreen Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore.

Main Aisa Hi Hoon” - starring Ajay Devgan and Esha Deol and its song 'Papa mere Papa' shows the enchanting side of this city.

Shimla Main Aisa Hi Hoon
"Papa Mere Papa- from the movie Main Aisa Hi Hoon"

The movie “Raju Chacha” starring Kajol and Ajay Devgan is a part of the list as well. Other movies that have their scenes shot in Shimla are Chori Chori, Lootmar, Baadal, Bade Dilwale, Kudrat et al.

Hindi serials like CID”, “Milie”, and "Kavyanjali" were also shot in the scenic Shimla region.

Well, these weren't the only ones! There are many other movies, scenes and songs which created magic on the screens as they were shot in Shimla. And a lot more are following. No Doubt, Shimla is one of the favorite destinations of directors today and will remain to be for years to come.

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