Unofficial Filmcities of India: Jodhpur / Jaisalmer [and some pics of Sarfarosh]
UPDATE : I just have uploaded Some pics [of Jodhpur only] at my Picasa web album. See it Here.
Phew...at last, I am back to my beloved Blogging-world. I was again at sudden travelling. Sudden in the sense, un-planned. I always enjoy such trips which gets suddenly its place. This time I got a chance to go to magnificent state of India - the state of Rajasthan. Mainly two cities - Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. And how on earth i could refuse this? Cause they are Unofficial Film cities of India. Numerous, just numerous movies has been shot over the two cities. I enjoyed every moment out there.
I have taken 1492, yes a whopping 1492 photographs. Love to share some of them. [ofcourse, the filmy ones ;-)]
The picture above this post is of Golden Fort of Jaisalmer.[its a stitched image of 3 pics taken, open it in new window] Reshma aur Shera was shot there.
The following is Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur. Any guesses?? Yes, recently Awarapan was shot here. Also fabulous Dor, and controversial [deer hunting..] Hum Saath Saath Hain, too got a piece of the larger than life fort. This place reminds me of Minas Tirith of LOTR. What say??
Then, here is Patwon ki Haweli, which will soon be seen in Alladin -starring Riteish and Mr Bachchan.
Below, is a haunting place called Bada Bagh. These are the cenotaphs of the rulers of Jaisalmer. Remember this place in Kachche Dhaage? or in Awarapan?
And finally, the ONLY sand desert of India. Jaisalmer's majestic dunes. And now don't ask me which movies are shot here? Endless list. Sarfarosh,Meenaxi [thanks thebollywoodfan, for reminding these two] Border, Awarapan, Dor, Lamhe, Hum Dil de chuke Sanam,Hum saath saath hain, Rudali.....and many more. Whenever you see sand dunes, its confirm that it has been shot here. See below.....
And below is the reason, why it took some days for me to recover....[painful but so much enjoyable safari]
By special request of theBollywoodFan; here are Sarfarosh pics.
Sarfarosh had been extensively filmed in Jaisalmer. From dunes to palaces. Everything is weaved in the movie, so seamlessly, that even a person who belongs to the place, sometimes can not identify it. That's magic of director. I still couldn't find out which place was shot as Naseer's home. Following are some pics I could identify after watching the scenes again.
Below is Gadisar Lake. Where this small scene about Mirchi Seth, was filmed.
Next is Mandir Palace. It has been shot as Mirchi Seth's house, or say, den. Little portion of the palace is a museum. Rest of it is beautiful hotel and a temple. Its a gorgeous place which offers majestic view of Golden Fort and has some extraordinary art on stones.
See below the front view of one portion of the palace. In the movie, see in screencap, beyond the entrance, you can identify the window design.
Here Aamir is entering in Mirchi's place. I have taken picture from his side. You can identify by stone of the stairs and shape of door. See....
Then, following are cenotaphs. Which featured as background when smuggling was going on. See.
And finally, open these images in new window. Absolutely outstanding artwork on stone.