As Bollywood's love affair with London continues with films being shot at various locations here, British film authorities have now unveiled a new map that lists venues where recent blockbusters were shot.
So the next time tourists from India come visiting, they can visit locations where popular films such as Kabhi Khushie Kabhi Gham(Osterley Park) or Mujhse Dosti Karoge (Starford Station) were shot.
The new movie map is eighth in a series of maps designed to encourage tourists and cinema-lovers alike to discover the capital through films. More than 40 Hindi films were shot in London last year.
Some of the most popular locations for Indian films have been Trafalgar Square, Natural History Museum, Tower Bridge, the Royal Albert Hall, Millennium Dome, the houses of parliament, Nelson's Column and the London Eye.
Some of the better-known films shot at London locations are:
- The Waterloo Station is Britain's largest station, covering an area of 24.5 acres. In Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), it is the key location around which the story revolves, including a dance sequence starring Amitabh Bachchan. Complex scenes were filmed early on weekend mornings, but the majority was shot during the day while amazed passengers looked on.
- The London Eye is one of London's most popular filming locations thanks to its unique silhouette against the capital's skyline. Shoots include Bride & Prejudice (2004), Wimbledon (2004) and Thunderbirds (2004).
- Southall is home to one of the largest Indian communities in London and was the setting for Simran's home in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). The external shots were filmed in Southall but the internal shots were filmed in Film City, Mumbai.
- The Albert Memorial is located in Kensington Gardens and was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband in 1861. It features in Mujhse Dosti Karoge (2002) and also appears in The Jokers (1967), starring Michael Crawford and Oliver Reed, and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984).
- Hyde Park was one of one of the locations for a song in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The song culminates with an early morning dance sequence shot at the British Museum.
Several cinemas in London screen Bollywood films, including the Himalaya Palace, Southall; Safarai Cinema, Harrow; Belle-Vue Cinema, Willesden Green, and the Boleyn Cinema, Upton Park. Cineworld Cinemas in Wood Green, Wandsworth and Feltham also have regular Bollywood screenings.
To celebrate the partnership between the Indian and British film industries, the International Indian Film Academy is coming to Yorkshire for a weekend of film premieres, festivals, special events and awards June 7-10.
The launch of the map coincided with the recent unveiling of a waxwork of Shah Rukh Khan at Madame Tussauds. Two of his most popular films, Kabhi Khushie Kabhie Gham and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, are featured on the movie map.