Being a true wanderer at heart, we understand your pain of being stuck at home amid Coronavirus lockdown. However, you don’t have to really put a lockdown on your dreams of escaping to mystical lands. We mean, you can still take a virtual tour! And, we are here to help you with that. Today, let’s take you on a virtual tour of Rajasthan with these iconic Bollywood movies. By Kumar Shree
1. Bajirao Mastani
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for creating unforgettable movie experiences that are replete with larger–than–life movie sets, culturally-rich fashion, impeccable characters, and gorgeous shoot locations. In his movie, Bajirao Mastani, he beautifully showcases the Amber Fort, City Palace and Rambagh Palace like no one else. The authentic Rajasthani experience is further accentuated by traditional folk-dance performances. We say, it’s a must-watch!
Out of all the movies listed here, if you ask us which one you should watch first, this is the one we would recommend. The movie portrays the largely unseen interiors and remote parts of Rajasthan, which are often missing from the best of itineraries. The story is heart-warming, and Nagesh Kukunoor does an exceedingly good job as the director.
3. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Here’s another Bhansali movie on the list, and deservingly so. Apart from the fact that this one is a classic, the only other reason why we recommend it is purely for how it showcases Rajasthan—absolutely stunning.
4. Jodhaa Akbar
Watch this movie and you can tick-off Jaipur’s Amer Fort from your list. If you are seeking any other motivation for watching this one, how about the fact that Jodha Akbar is considered as one of the best historical dramas ever made in Bollywood. Happy watching!
This is one of the better Bollywood movies that somehow could not rake up the numbers on the box office. But that does not take away from it the fact that Paheli celebrated the best of Rajasthan’s culture. Everything, right from the music, costumes, houses, families, and the narrative of the movie — everything was on point. You’ll love this for the portrayal of Navalgarh and Hadi Rani Ki Baori in Tonk.
Some other movies that take you on a virtual tour of Rajasthan are Eklavya – The Royal Guard, Border, Lamhe, PK, Dor, and Mughal-E-Azam.