Shooting Locales of India

    Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    From snowy mountains, pristine islands and plunging ravines to dusty plains, India has to offer probably every possible backdrop that a film maker needs to tell a great story. Here are the top attractions for Cannes delegates from various states of the sub-continent that can take the film viewing experience to an entirely new level


    Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad)
    From sun-kissed beaches of Visakhapatnam to the temples of Vijayawada, the Indian Grand Canyon at Gandikota and the Araku Valley, where the clouds say hello to the hills, Andhra is a filmmaker’s dream come true.

    Arunachal Pradesh (Itanagar)
    Arunachal has everything to offer a film crew. Beautiful landscapes and scenery, roaring and turbulent streams emerging from majestic snow-capped mountains, lush green forests, colourful tribes and hospitable people would make any filmmaker opt to shoot in the state.

    Assam (Dispur)
    One of India’s last great natural and anthropological sanctuaries which very few filmmakers have explored, Assam offers valleys and hills to cascading waterways and unending plains, music and dance, festivals and carnivals.

    Bihar (Patna)
    Serving as the backdrop of films like Gangs of Wasseypur and Manjhi: The Mountain Man, Bihar has a thriving film industry. The government is also developing a film city at Rajgir in Nalanda district, 70 km southeast of Patna.

    Chhattisgarh (Raipur)
    The state served as the backdrop of films like ‘Newton’, which was India’s official entry at the Oscars. Carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000, Chhttisgarh has a vast tribal area with unmatched natural beauty.

    Goa is well known for its beautiful beaches

    Goa (Panaji)
    This little state is a panacea for filmmakers exploring locales that offer the lethal combination of beaches and booze. The region with its colonial architecture is a feast for anyone with an eye for details. Goa, with its vibrant culture, is a theme waiting to be taken up by Western cinema.

    Rann of Kutch in Gujarat

    Gujarat (Gandhinagar)
    Winner of Indian government’s national award for the ‘Most film-friendly state’ in 2016, Gujarat is increasingly becoming the most preferred spot for the tinsel world. Filmmakers wishing to offer the audience an ‘eastern’ experience can land in Gujarat.

    Haryana (Chandigarh)
    Dotted with heritage sites, golf course, lakes and bird sanctuaries, Haryana offers locations like splendid Pinjore Gardens that is the only Mughal garden outside Kashmir and Morni hill station that houses various Tikkar Taal resorts and Quail.

    Himachal Pradesh (Shimla)
    From hills to mountains, capped by snowy peaks; punctuated by passes and glaciers, Himachal Pradesh has an abundance of parks, rich with flora and fauna and regions that experience temperature extremes.

    Dal Lake at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

    Jammu & Kashmir (Srinagar{S*}, Jammu{W*}
    The Dal Lake dotted with innumerable houseboats and the distant snow covered mountains along with Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Pahalgam at higher levels add unique colour to the surroundings. Together with Jammu and Ladakh regions, the state is a filmmakers’ delight for new locales.

    Jharkhand (Ranchi)
    Jharkhand is a nature lover’s paradise. It is home to countless waterfalls — Hundru Falls, Lodh Falls and Johna Falls. The State’s locales include forests, hills, valleys, waterfalls, wildlife, history, culture, charming towns and vibrant cities.

    Karnataka (Bangalore)
    This state has the Silicon City of India. A range of architecture is depicted here through its palaces, temples, mausoleums, monuments and ruins. Sanctuaries, national parks and waterfalls, along with endless beaches, scenic hills and modern cityscapes are abundant in the state.

    Backwaters t Thekeddy in Kerala

    Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)
    With its unmatched natural beauty, this ‘God’s own Country’ is God-send for cinema. Be it the Athirapally or Paalaruvi Falls, or the backwaters at Kumarakom, the state forms a perfect backdrop for films that are high on romance.

    Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal)
    Winner of the Indian government’s national award for the ‘Most film-friendly state’ in 2017, Madhya Pradesh offers a wide variety of locales, eliminating the role of a set designer.
    From famous forts, marble rocks of Bheraghat, to the green hills of Pachmarhi, the options are rich and many. .

    Maharashtra (Mumbai)
    Home to Hindi cinema, popularly known as Bollywood, Maharashtra is a director’s delight, as his/her search for locations ends right here. It boasts of a huge variety of options, seeking to be dissected with a camera.

    Manipur (Imphal)
    Manipur has to offer some of the most scenic shooting locations in the country. Home to the beautiful Loktak Lake, picturisque Leimram Waterfall and the majestic Kangla Fort, the state is a paradise for filmmakers.

    Meghalaya (Shillong)
    Meghalaya, or the abode of clouds, remains a virgin territory waiting to be exploited for
    film shootings. Improving its infrastructure manifold, the state aspires to become a preferred destination for shooting films.

    Mizoram (Aizawl)
    Mizoram recently organised a three-day Indian Film Festival at Vanapa Hall in Aizawl. The state government is ready to provide any assistance in terms of infrastructure or logistics support if interested filmmakers would venture in the state.

    Nagaland (Kohima)
    A state that is on the world map for Hornbill Festival and music, Nagaland has much more to offer as a pristine shooting location.

    Odisha (Bhubaneshwar)
    Odisha is becoming an increasingly popular destination for film makers. The Puri Jagannath temple can give modern architecture a run for its money. The Sambalpur waterfalls and the Paradip port mesmerise one, with the confluence of river Mahanadi and Bay of Bengal, at its backdrop.

    Punjab (Chandigarh)
    Already a popular destination with Bollywood filmmakers, Punjab with its ancient buildings erected by the Patiala dynasty, The Golden Temple at Amritsar, sunshine-yellow mustard fields, heritage sites and effervescent lifestyle, has all the necessary ingrediants for global filmmakers.

    Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

    Rajasthan (Jaipur)
    This princely state is the top choice for royal tales. The stories of Hawa Mahal, Mount Abu and the haunted forts in Alwar are waiting to be told on celluloid.

    Sikkim (Gangtok)
    Sikkim with its picturisque locations like Yumthang Valley, Lachung, Gnathang Valley,
    numerous Buddhist monasteries and pristine glacial lakes make for a perfect place to shoot a film.

    Tamil Nadu (Chennai)
    Tamil Nadu has a lot on its platter to offer. While the green fields of Pollachi, heavenly falls of Hogenakkal or the misty magic of Ooty and Kodaikanal offer a visual treat, the temples of Madurai, or the beaches of Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari take one to a different world altogether.

    Telangana (Hyderabad)
    Telangana is going all out to woo international filmmakers to shoot in the state, especially in various beautiful locations like Jodeghat, Gandhari Killa (fort), Mitta waterfall (Satha Gundu), Manikguda caves, Kerameri Ghat Road and Shivaram.

    Tripura (Agartala)
    This state can serve as a perfect backdrop for adventure films that demand locales where the jungle plays an important part. Full of virgin locations that are waiting to be explored, Tripura is full of surprises.

    The Himalayan State of Uttarkhand bagged the Special Mention Award for being the ‘Most Film-Friendly State’ in 2017

    Uttarakhand (Dehradun)
    The beautiful hills of Nainital, Mussoorie’s waterfalls, along with the divine bells at Rishikesh and Badrinath, makes it the right destination for filmakers.

    The Temple Town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh

    Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow)
    It is the only Indian state that offers sops to global filmmakers. Taj Mahal in Agra has attracted filmmakers to Uttar Pradesh since the black and white era. The temple town of Varanasi offers a unique cultural experience for the international viewer.

    Raniganj in West Bengal

    West Bengal (Kolkata)
    The British are long gone but the colonial influence still remains, in the look of its buildings and monuments. Interiors and mindsets that haven’t morphed with the time yet co-exist happily with the present.

    Puducherry came into prominance after Danny Boyle’s Life of Pi

    UNION Territories
    The seven Union Territories of India are blessed with natural beauty not seen anywhere else in the world. From shallow lagoons and coral reefs of Lakshadweep, an archipelago off the south western coast of India, to the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal which is home to the Andamanese, a group of indigenous peoples including the Sentinelese, who have had little contact with any other people, these Union Territories can match the best of global shooting destinations. Ang Lee’s Oscar winning film ‘Life of Pi’ was shot partly in Puducherry, a UT in South India.

    Film Facilitation Office (FFO)
    The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting,Government of India, set up the FFO with a view to promote and facilitate film shootings by foreign filmmakers in India. FFO assists them to get requisite permissions as also disseminating information on shooting locations as well as the talent, resources and facilities available within the Indian Film industry for production and post production. It proactively works closely with various Central and State Government agencies to create a film friendly environment in India. FFO accepts application for shooting of feature films, reality TV shows and commercial television series in India.
     Indian Missions abroad will grant a F-Visa to such applicants who are coming to shoot in India, provided the Ministry of I&B has approved the proposal
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