Rajasthan is not only one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world but also the most widely captured on cinema. Ranging from blockbusters with massive budgets to documentaries made on a shoestring budget, Rajasthan offers a vast range of locations and facilities for every kind of filmmaker and genre of cinema. In fact, it has been a favoured location with both Indian and International filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Karan Johar and more!
Rajasthan is well-equipped with production houses that will meet every requirement you have for your film shoot. Be it a Hollywood project, an ad film, a Bollywood film, regional cinema or documentary, they will ensure you access to the best facilities you require for your shoot across all filming locations.
This master stroke of an ad which irreverently drove him Fevicol’s philosophy of being the ultimate adhesive force was shot in Jaisalmer. A bus trudges down the dusty, golden desert roads of Jaisalmer, and people, dressed in colourful, traditional Rajasthani garb are steadfastly stuck firmly to it. It’s still counted as one of India’s most iconic ad films, and beautifully utilised the stunning locality and populace of Rajasthan.
The iconic image reel of Boris Becker playing cricket inside the grand Samode Palace whilst Diya Mirza coyly watches from the haveli’s latticed balcony is an indelible one. Shot extensively across Chomu and the Palace, the Siyaram ad firmly imposed the coming home to message and made many want to come visit Rajasthan
Maruti Service Station
The golden city of Jaisalmer, with its imposing Sonar Quila, majestic architecture, colour and grandeur sprang to life in this ad as it formed a backdrop for Maruti to showcase the capabilities and accessibility of their service station.
City of Lakes Wedding Concept Film
Rajasthan has always been on the top of the list when it comes to destination weddings, and for a good reason. It’s a stunning blend of beautiful locales and the royal, exotic touch. The eponymous City of Lakes refers to Udaipur’s fond moniker, and this short wedding film captures the glorious city in all her glory. A first-ever live event scripted film created on a large scale, this one is sure to have everyone planning a wedding in Udaipur.
The Cholormint ice ad, where a fire thrower innovatively cools down with Chlormint ice, gives a glimpse into Bikaner. Nicknamed ‘camel country’, Bikaner’s golden expanse, dotted with red sandstone forts and palaces springs charmingly to life here.
Nestled in the lap of golden sand dunes, the Khimsar village is like chancing upon a mirage in the endless desert. It’s rustic and charming appearance, cultural significance and beauty was beautifully captured in the Centre Fresh ad which combined zing, freshness and a fun storyline with a great location.
A charming film starring the legendary Dev Anand and the beautiful Waheeda Rehman, Guide never fails to impress you with the stellar performances by its cast. A romantic song, a classic that still makes hearts flutter— Aaj Jeene Ki Tamanna Hain has been shot in the picturesque Chittorgarh fort in Rajasthan. Epitomising the Rajput passion, valour and spirit, Fort Chittorgarh spreads across 700 acres and has a past full of tumultuous tales. This beautiful song from Guide rightly depicts the spirit of Chittorgarh— one that never backs down.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
One of Indian cinema’s finest contributions to the modern age, Rang De Basanti shows you a glimpse of Rajasthan through a beautiful song that’ll make you wish you were there, too. Shot on the majestic Nahargarh fort overlooking the charming city of Jaipur, it wonderfully depicts the magnificence of the fort that proudly creates an impressive northern backdrop to the Pink City. Fort Nahargarh houses the summer destination for the royal family, and is traditionally known as the Abode of Tigers, for defending Amber against attacking enemies!
Delhi 6 (2009)
Recreating the twisting old lanes of Delhi, the old-world charm of Sambhar, a small town in Jaipur district gave Delhi 6 its quaint look and feel. Showcasing local elements like charming architecture, colourful lanes and winding roads, it wonderfully depicts the culture and beauty of Rajasthan’s small towns
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
A Hindi drama film starring Salman Khan, Bajrangi Bhaijaan was a film that warmed the hearts of its audience in a flash. With parts shot in the quaint, beautiful little town of Mandawa in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district, it transports you to the old-world charm of this location in a heartbeat. Exuding the charming local flavour of Rajasthan’s picturesque towns, Mandawa makes for a pretty picture with green fields rustling in the breeze, vibrant houses, twisting old roads and the laid back yet warm people.
Yeh Jawani Hain Deewani (2013)
Who can forget the entire second half of this Hindi film that made us all wish for a fabulous destination wedding in Rajasthan? Shot in the Bagore ki Haveli in Udaipur, this film wonderfully depicts the colours, vibrant atmosphere and the beauty of Rajasthan. Capturing the quaint, old-world charm of Bagore ki Haveli, it tastefully showcases the massive palace with its intricately-decorated interiors, focus on modern art, as well as the presence of glass and mirrors in the interiors that are structured in classic haveli style.
Bajirao Mastani (2015)
This period drama depicting a legendary love story is famous for its beautiful locations. Parts of Bajirao Mastani have been shot in the stunning Amber Palace in Jaipur. Deepika’s famous song, Rang Do Mohe Laal beautifully shows the stunning architecture and interiors of the Amber Palace. Made from red sandstone and white marble, the exquisite Amber Palace is an interesting mixture of both Rajput and Mughal architecture and design. Plan a trip to Jaipur to experience the beauty and magic of the Amber Palace first hand!
Manguru Male 2 (2016)
This 2016 Kannada sequel to a successful movie of the same name showcases a picturesque road trip across Rajasthan, which will surely inspire you to plan your own road trip in the Royal State! Beautifully shot across Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jodhpur, it exudes the colours, spirit and vibrant culture of Rajasthan through the elements shown in the movie.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
This movie, starring some of cinema’s most talented will make you want to pack your bags and fly to Rajasthan. Picturesquely shot in Jaipur and Udaipur, it beautifully captures the local flavour of these two cities – from local markets, rickshaws, motorbikes, camels, flower markets with its jasmine and saffron, Janta Bazaar, Panna Meena Kund step well, Jalebi Chowk, Lake Pichola and more! While the heritage property, Narain Niwas Palace is shown as the regal Viceroy Club, the Ravla Khempur, a rural hotel in Mewar stars as the eponymous hotel.
The Darjeeling Limited
Rarely has the grand expanse of Rajasthan been captured so aesthetically as it is has under the expert guidance of Wes Anderson. The Darjeeling limited tells the story of three estranged brothers traveling together across India. The elaborate beauty and architecture of Udaipur, the ‘City of Lakes’ and the golden sands of the deserts of Jodhpur will leave you as awestruck as the director was when he laid eyes on Rajasthan.
The Dark Knight Rises
The spectacularly desolate Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur served as an important location in the finale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Two important scenes in the movie were filmed both, in the fort and by its majestic backdrop, and successfully showcased the stunning and awe-inspiring scale of this architectural marvel.
This 1983 James Bond movie starring Roger Moore as the suave spy put Rajasthan on Hollywood’s list of favourite locations to shoot at. The beautiful Lake Palace Hotel and Lake Pichola in Udaipur played an integral part in the movie’s plot. The scene where Bond, disguised as a crocodile swims up to the ‘floating palace’, the lair of the Octopussy stunningly showcases the grandiose beauty of Lake Pichola and the Lake Palace Hotel. The Jagmandir, Monsoon Palace, Lal Ghat and other streets of Udaipur were also used in the movie.
Tarsem Singh’s labour of love is visually stunning, to say the least. And a huge part of that is because of where it was shot. The Royal State features prominently in this Lee Pace starrer. From the majestic City Palace, Umaid Bhavan and Chandra Mahal to Jaisalmer’s famous Golden Fort, Lake Palace and Mehrangarh Fort in Udaipur to Chand Baori in Abhaneri, this film successfully manages to capture the sheer beauty of Rajasthan in its myriad frames.
The gorgeous Kate Winslet stars in this highly acclaimed movie which put Pushkar on the world map as a must-visit destination. It captured the beauty, colours, people and piety of Pushkar in a truly enticing manner, making everyone across the world want to discover it. Known across the world as the city that hosts the largest cattle fair in the world, Pushkar was the backdrop that saw a Winslet’s character fall in love with an Indian guru.
One Night with the King
Filmed extensively across the vast expanse of Rajasthan, the land of kings was the perfect location for One Night with the King. The historical epic starring the legendary Peter O’Toole brought alive the exotic splendour, lush colours and dynamic and diverse landscape of Rajasthan. Be it the desert, palaces, forts, bazaars; Rajasthan was stunningly captured on cinema with this movie.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The sequel to popular comedy-drama, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was also based in Rajasthan. Set primarily in Jaipur, some parts of the movie were shot in the magnificent, luxurious and beautiful Pearl Palace Heritage. Other striking locations that captured the beauty, spirit and dynamism of Rajasthan included Castle Kanota which stars as the Viceroy Club in the movies, the Janta Bazaar flower market, and of course, the the Ravla Khempur in Mewar, the eponymous star of the movie.