Karnataka is a tourist hub attracting travellers from around the world. Karnatakas lush locations have provided the ideal setting for many Bollywood movies. The scenic beauty of Coorg, the 'Scotland of India' and Bangalore the IT hub of the country, attracts film directors to Karnataka.
Bollywood Films Shot in Karnataka
There are quite a few movies that were shot in Karnataka. Sholay shot in a village of Ramnagar, located near Bangalore. Aamir Khans Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was also shot in Bangalore. Other movies like , Coolie, Mard, Andha Kanoon and the recent one Gori Tere Pyaar Mein to name a few have also been shot in Bangalore. Most of the hit movies of superstar Amitabh Bachchan Mard, Coolie and Andha Kanoon were shot in Bangalore. Bollywoods leading ladies Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma are from Bangalore.
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Gangavathi. Movies like Nayak and Amaanat were also shot here.
Cubbon Park - 'Accident ho gaya' has been shot here. Few Scenes were shot at Big Banyan Tree, Ramanagaram & Nandi Hills.
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Badami Caves - 'Ek lo ek muft' song was shot at the premises
Vidhana Soudha. Attara Kacheri (High Court) was another location.
Bangalore Palace - 'Dhadand Dhadang' song was shot at the premises. Movies like Betaab, Mard and Shalimar were also shot here.
Ramanagaram, a small village near Bangalore.
In songs like 'Dhadang Dhadang' from 'Rowdy Rathore', 'Main To Raste Se Ja Raha Tha' from 'Coolie No. 1' and even scenes in Aamir Khan's much-loved 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander' Bangalore Palace is visible. 'Gangavathi' town in Koppal district has been a favorite shooting destination for many of the film-makers. Nayak, China Town & Amaanat are few of them to mention.
Kannada movies like 'Patre Loves Padma' was shot at Nandi Hills. Muthina Haara was shot in Talacauvery, Coorg & 'Anna Bond' at Kolar Gold Fields (KGF). Ondu Muthina Kathe was shot at ST. Marys Island, Udupi. Mungaru Male was shot at Jog Falls, Hassan & Gadag. 'Bandana' & 'Belli Moda' were shot in Chikamagalur. 'Ondanondu Kaladalli' was shot in Belgaum.
'Kanchana Mala' song in tamil Movie 'Vandhan Vendran' was shot at the premises of Badami Caves. 'Kumki' was shot near Jog Falls.
Pattadakallu Temples, Pattadakal was one of the shooting location of Telugu movie - Magadheera. Sankarabharanam was shot at Chennakesava Temple, Belur.
R.K. Narayan's Malgudi Days whose televised version was made by Shankar Nag was shot in Agumbe. Malgudi Days is the story of 10 year old Swami, his family and neighbours who can be found anywhere in the world. Including in the make-believe town of Malgudi or Agumbe where the series was shot.
Beautiful Villages in Karnataka shown in Bollywood Films
Ramgarh - Sholay
Sholay, possibly the most famous film ever made, was released on August 15, 1975. Ramgarh offers a perfect backdrop against the saga of love and revenge. The fictional village gets its shooting in Ramnagar, a beautiful place in Karnataka, just around 50 kms from the throbbing city of Bangalore. Nathuakhan is a ravishing hamlet near Ramgarh at an elevation of 6,365 ft above sea level. Tourists can enjoy nature walks, meditation or can relax in the beautiful gardens. The serenity and calmness of the surroundings of Nathuakhan is blessed with picturesque forests, lush green valleys and hilly terrains.
Sundarapandianpuram - Roja
Mani Ratnam's movie Roja was filmed in Courtallam or Kutralam, which is actually a tourist place now famous for those waterfalls.
Budbuda - Billu
Priyadarshans Movie Billu movie was mostly shot in Pollachi village in Tamil Nadu whose stunning beauty has attracted the Bollywoods attention. The village has been portrayed in many a South Indian movies but it was also the setting for the Bollywood film, Billu.
Badami - Guru
Mani Ratnam chose the location of his movie Guru near Badami in Karnataka. But then it is able to capture what he wanted to portray in Gujarat. Look at those beautiful temples that make you fall in love with the Indian village. Badami Fort is a renowned archaeological site in Badami. It is located on top of a hill that stands at a distance of about 2 km from the main town of Badami in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. Badami has also become backdrop for Telugu movies like Daruvu (2012), Brindavanam (2010), Dhamarukam (2012), Vikramarkudu (2006), Shirdi Sai (2012), Shakti (2011), Nagavalli (2011), Magadheera (2009). Tamil Movies like Siruthai (2011) and Vandhaan Vendraan (2011) were also shot in Badami. Kannada Movies like Veera Madakari, Sanju Weds Geetha were also shot here.
Many Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada Movies were shot in Coorg, Jog falls and Bangalore. Hollywood movies like Life of Pi (Puducherry and Kerala), A Passage to India (Savandurga and Ramadevarabetta Hills), Bloodstone (Bangalore) and The Myth (Hampi) had shooting locations in and around Karnataka.
Popular Malayalam Movies like Bangalore Days, 22 Female Kottayam, Naduvazhikal, Vandanam, No.1 Snehatheeram Bangalore North were shot in Bangalore.
Paiyaa, Udhayam NH4, Imaikkaa Nodigal, Uthama Villan, Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal, Vaalu, Aarambham, Pushpaka Vimana, Sathi Leelavathi and Panchathanthiram are few of the popular Tamil films shot in Bangalore. Telugu Movie Power had a song picturisaton in Bangalore.
Films Shot in Coorg
Coorg is known as the Scotland of India. Coorgs scenic attractions has made it a favourite filming location for filmmakers from around the country. Popular movies like 7 Khoon Maaf, Kyun? Ho Gaya Na, Galipata (Kannada), Keralavarma Pazhassi Raja (Malayalam) and Markara (Malayalam).