With the release of Bombay Talkies, Indian cinema marked the 100th year since an Indian said “Light. Camera. Action”. Over this century, we have witnessed great films which made many talented people legends in their field of work. From that field of work came out some of the most memorable characters on celluloid and one character that the film-makers were always attracted to was the pink city, Jaipur. From Satyajit Ray to Ashutosh Gowariker, many great directors of the film fraternity have pictured Jaipur in their imaginations and recorded it in their films. Here are five Indian blockbusters that were shot in Jaipur.
1. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
Easily the biggest and the most romantic movie of the last 100 years of Indian cinema is K. Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam. Many of its shoots towards the end were shot in the long standing forts of Jaipur.
2. Sonar Kella (1971)
Every bengali has this movie by heart. Directed by Satyajit Ray, Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress) is a mystery/thriller film around a boy who stays up late into the night and draws sketches that he claims are of battles he had seen. After listening to his descriptions of deserts and peacocks, his parapsychologist guesses that the place might be in the deserts of Rajasthan. The film covers almost all the famous forts in the state. It was at the Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur that the story takes a critical turn.
3. Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995)
In the era of extravagance of 90s movies, the location to many songs of the film directed by Umesh Mishra has captured the beauty of Jaipur. Shot at the picturesque locations of the city like the Birla Mandir, Amer Fort and City Palace every Jaipurite will remember this super-hit song for long.
4. Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)
Shot extensively for a 41-day schedule at Jaipur this film directed by Priyadarshan was declared a blockbuster in the first week of its release. Tikam Chand’s 150 year old camera was also a part this movie.
5. Veer (2010)
This star studded historical action film directed by Anil Sharma was shot at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
You can catch many short videos on YouTube captured by locals of many of these while they were being shoot.
Check out our series on 100 years of Indian Cinema.