Bollywood is an indispensable part of India. A number of the movies are shot in exotic locales of India as well as abroad. But northeast India has been given a cold shoulder by the Bollywood producers. The reason seems to the remote location and closeness to the border area. Lack of luxurious resorts also seems to be another reason for it.
There are quite a number of films that are based on the northeastern states but have been shot somewhere else. Films like Dil Se, Tango Charlie and of late Mary Kom and Jagga Jassos were shot elsewhere, even though based in the northeastern state. Even though there are a handful of films that have been shot in northeast India. Sikkim is an exception though, with more number of films shot there. Here is a list of films that were shot in the Seven Sister states.
Ek Pal (1986), Assam
This movie was directed by the talented Kalpana Lajmi and had stalwarts like Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Sheikh and Shabana Azmi in the lead. The movie was extensively shot in Jorhat, Assam and Shillong.
Kurbaan (1991), Shillong
A yesteryear film of our current heartthrob Salman Khan and Ayesha Jhulkha was shot in Shillong.
Koyla (1997), Arunachal Pradesh
It was Rakesh Roshan who brought Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dikshit to Arunachal Pradesh for Koyla. The landscape of the alluring Tawang in Arunachal was portrayed so beautifully on screen. The song “Tanhai Tanhai” was shot in the Shungester Lake of Tawang. And now everyone knows the lake by the name “Madhuri Lake”!
Daman (2001), Assam
The film was directed by Kalpana Lajmi and also brought Raveena Tandon a National Award. Raveena played the role of Durga Saikia, a lower caste girl from a poor family who was subjected to physical and mental harm by her husband. The film was shot in Guwahati.
Saaya (2003), Nagaland
Saaya is a supernatural thriller starring John Abraham and Tara Sharma and directed by Anurag Basu. It was shot in Mokokchung in Nagaland.
Dansh (2005), Mizoram
The film revolved around Mizo Nationalist Font agitation and was shot in Mizoram. It starred Kay Kay Menon and Sonali Kulkarni in lead roles.
Rock On 2 (2016), Meghalaya
This time the Rock On guys found music in the valleys of Meghalaya. The film starring Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Shraddha Kapoor were shot in Shillong and Mawphlang in Meghalaya.
Rangoon (2016), Arunachal Pradesh
The Vishal Bharadwaj directed movie was shot in the picturesque Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh and Dhemaji in Assam. The period film had the talented Kangna Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.
Sikkim had its share of tryst with Bollywood more that it’s Seven Sisters. A few Bollywood movies shot in Sikkim are Jewel Thief (1967), Road to Sikkim (1969) and Uff Yeh Mohabbat (1997). Remember the snowy locales of Divya Khosla’s Yaariyan? The film had Sikkim’s Lachen, Changu Lake and the Ban Jhakri as its location. Barfi, that was extensively shot in Darjeeling also had our hero Ranbir Kapoor on the streets of Gangtok.
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