Some places in India are truly capable of leaving a lasting impression on the mind. The beautiful setting of Kutch in Gujarat comes to mind when one thinks of royal palaces, historical forts, pristine white deserts and forest reserves. The largest district in the country is a land of colour, culture and stunning topography that has attracted filmmakers for decades. Kareena Kapoor Khan and Abhishek Bachchan’s debut film Refugee (2000) made full use of the rustic beauty of Kutch, showcasing the Great Rann of Kutch, Lakhpat Fort village and the Banni Grasslands among other scenic locations. Transport yourself to the region notable for its rich heritage through these Bollywood movies.Lagaan (2001)
In this classic, Bhuvan (Aamir Khan) lives in the fictional village of Champaner in the early 1890s. Since the narrative of the film required a dry location where it hadn’t rained for quite some time, the makers chose the village of Kunariya, near Bhuj, for setting up Champaner. The locals were employed for the making of the movie, which went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Streaming on NetflixHum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s visually-delightful love triangle, starring Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ajay Devgn, was a lavishly mounted production. The royal Vijay Vilas Palace in the coastal town of Mandvi in Kutch features prominently in the film, presenting a glimpse of the regal beauty of the destination.
Streaming on Eros NowMohenjo Daro (2016)
The ancient city of Mohenjo-daro was recreated in Ashutosh Gowariker’s movie starring Hrithik Roshan as Sarman, who has to fight against various odds in order to save the civilisation. The set, spanning 25 acres, was erected at Bhuj in the Kutch district.
Streaming on NetflixGoliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)
The Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, this violent love story was set in Kutch, Gujarat. Leela Sanera (Deepika Padukone) and Ram Rajadi (Ranveer Singh) are from feuding clans who fall in love in the fictional village of Ranjhaar. Even the costumes that the lead pair wore were inspired by the Kutchi style of dressing.
Streaming on Eros NowR…Rajkumar (2013)
The pristine white sands of the Rann of Kutch provide a breathtaking backdrop for the ‘Saree Ke Fall Sa’ song from this Shahid Kapoor- and Sonakshi Sinha-starrer film. Coupled with bright costumes, hundreds of camels, and some unique choreography by Prabhu Dheva, the white desert’s beauty is what you really take back with you.
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