Goa is increasingly becoming apreferred movie shooting destination for Bollywood and regional filmmakers, who are making a beeline to capture the sun and sand in this beach heaven.
With the number of film shootings crossing the 100-mark till August this year, as against 80 in the previous two years, its evident that filmmakers are flocking the tourist state for more with every passing season. Many successful films like Mohit Suri's, Ashiqui 2, besides upcoming releases including Rohit Shetty's, Chennai Express and Milan Luthria's, Once Upon a time in Mumbai Dobaara have been partially shot in Goa.
The records available with Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), a state government body dealing with the permissions for film shootings, show that even tele-serials and reality shows are stepping into the scene. In the beginning of 2013, Shahrukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer, Chennai Express, was shot in Goa, and ESG records indicate the shooting was happening in the state as recent as till May this year.
Vikram Bhatt's, Hate Story 2, was also shot in Goa extensively at different locations on various dates. Sunny Leone and Tamil actor Bharat aka Bharath Niwas' flick, Jackpot, is also being shot in Goa and the schedule is likely to continue even this month (August). Abbas Tyrewala's romantic comedy film, Mango, is also shot on the streets of Panaji. The shoot hit a controversy earlier this month when bouncers hired by the makers manhandled social activist Dr Oscar Rebello for allegedly disturbing a shot.
The shooting had to be abandoned for a day after local civic body, Corporation of City of Panaji, revoked the shooting permission.
Zombie comedy, Go Goa Gone, was also shot on the state's beaches. Bhatt camp's, Murder-3, also had the beach state as its backdrop in many scenes.