Northeast States is one of Asia’s last great natural and anthropological sanctuaries which very few has explored. From valleys and hills to cascading waterways and unending plains, the region is any film-maker’s dream destination. Had Steven Spielberg seen the beauty of the Northeast he would have shot one of his Jurassic Park or Indiana Jones movie here, in this region. Here are few Bollywood movies that were shot in this virgin, wild and untouched region:
Dansh, 2005, Mizoram
A small budget film, ‘Dansh’ was directed by Kanika Verma and written and produced by Anish Ranjan based on Mizo Nationalist Front agitation which found nomination in various Indian and international film festivals. It was touted to be a fascinating drama of psychological attrition in the course of a single night where MNF spokesman (Kay Kay Menon), his activist wife (Sonali Kulkarni) and a doctor (Aditya Srivastava) come together. The movie was adapted from the one set thriller ‘Death and the Maiden’ (1994) that was directed by Roman Polanski, starring Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.It is said that intensive research was done by the producers about the 1959 Mautam and they stayed there for over a month.
Koyla, 1997, Arunachal Pradesh
Rakesh Roshan took Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit to the lush waterfalls and green hills of Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang area to film the ’90s high-octane blockbuster Koyla, about the violent misdeeds of a rapacious coal-miner. The backdrop where Madhuri Dixit danced and Shahrukh Khan swayed to the tunes of ‘Tanhai tanhai tanhai…dono ko paas le ayee’ was the Shungetser lake considered sacred by the Buddhist Monpas of Tawang. It is known as ‘Madhuri Lake’ today,much to the annoyance of many locals.The song was also shot in other locations of Arunachal Pradesh such as Nuranang Falls and Paradise Lake.
Kurbaan, 1991, Meghalaya
Although Salman Khan was already a heartthrob since his first film, when he came to Meghalaya to shoot for Kurbanan in 1991, he stole numerous hearts. Parts of the film were shot in Kendriya Vidyalay, Upper Shillong (which is also the Alma mater of Ayesha Jhulka, the leading actress of the film). The red jeep used in the film belonged to a local store-owner who became quite a star himself then!There were also news of an altercation between Salman Khan and locals after the young Khan allegedly got into some trouble at a popular hotel in Shillong.
Directed by Kalpana Lajmi, Daman was set in the backdrop of Assam. A significant portion of the film was shot in the famous Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati. Raveena Tandon, the leading actress won the National Film Award for Best Actress for the film.
Jewel Thief, 1967, Sikkim
This spy thriller movie starring the evergreen Dev Anand was shot extensively in Sikkim (It was not a part of India then). One of the first Bond-like films in India left the audience at tenterhooks. The gritty suspense, the amazing inclusion of songs and dance, the brilliant performances of Dev Anand, Vyjayanthimala, Ashok Kumar, Tanuja, Helen, Faryal and Anju Mahendru all made Jewel Thief a timeless masterpiece.
Shot extensively in parts of Arunachal Pradesh this film is directed by award winning director Vishal Bhardwaj and is slated for late 2016 release.
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Farhan Akhtar sequel to the original hit ,this movie stars Shradhha kapoor and Arjun Rampal as well .Shot extensively in Shillong the movie has also used songs by local artistes for some of the title tracks .It is beleved that the story is of a burnt out musician (Farhan Akhtar ) who leaves Mumbai to find peace and rediscover his music in the hills of Shillong.