10 times Bollywood gave you ‘wow’ architectural moments.

From Taj Mahal to the Eiffel Tower, from the amazing palaces of royal movies to the ghats of Varanasi, Bollywood has always found inspiration in the rich history, culture, and architecture of some of these amazing destinations. There is no denial in saying that we all try to recreate these iconic Bollywood scenes whenever we visit a location where the movie was shot.


Listing down the 10 times Bollywood gave us ‘wow’ architectural moment.


Youngistan – Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is an epitome of love built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. The same romance was shown in the song Suno Na Sangemarmar of movie Youngistan. As the song says, it was built by Sangemarmar, an ivory-white marble which gives it the elegant look it is known for.


Dil Chahta hai – Chapora Fort

The 2001 film Dil Chahta Hai has made the Chapora Fort in Goa so famous that the place is now more commonly known as the ‘Dil Chahta Hai Fort’. Indeed, it’s possible that some tourists may not even know its real name. The fort sits on a prominent location which commands views in all directions. It also has steep slopes on all sides.


Kabhi Khushi kabhi gham – Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor is a country house in Buckinghamshire, England. It was shown in the iconic home of Amitabh Bachchan’s character in the movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Waddesdon embodied an eclectic style which illustrates Renaissance ideals of design.


Khoobsurat- Laxmi Niwas Palace

Laxmi Niwas Palace is a place where you can have a real-life taste of Rajputana architecture and experiences in Rajasthan. Sonam Kapoor’s film Khoobsurat was shot here.


Rang de Basanti- India Gate

The protest scene and ‘Khoon Chala’ song which injects patriotism in our veins were shot in the India Gate lawns. The India Gate has a hexagon complex, with a diameter of 625 metres which covers approximately 306,000 m². The design of India gate was inspired by Teli Ka Mandir situated in Gwalior fort.


Chandni Chowk to China – Great Wall of China

The training scene of Akshay Kumar in Chandni Chowk To China movie where he is running down the stairs captures the beauty of this iconic wonder of the world. This architectural marvel measures out to be 21,196 km (13,171 mi) long including the wall and all its branches.


London Dreams – Eiffel Tower

Salman is seen wooing Asin on the streets of Paris in front of  Eiffel Tower in the song Man ko ati bhave. This wrought iron lattice tower is approximately 324 meters (1,063 ft) tall which is almost equal to an 81-storey building.


Jodha Akbar – Agra Fort

The iconic fort of Agra which was built by Akbar was replicated on the sets of Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodha Akbar and the result was spectacular adding magnificence to the characters and leaving the audience awestruck. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city spread around the area of 380,000 m2 (94-acre) with semicircular space.


Bol Bachchan and Bhool Bhulaiyaa – Chomu Palace

We have seen the grandeur of this palace in many movies like Bhool Bhulaiyya and Bol Bachchan. The palace is a spectacular example of arched thresholds, the refined and palatial design among the forts in Rajasthan.


Marine Drive – Wake up Sid

Even if you never visited Marine Drive you get the feel of its breeze with the song ‘Iktara’ from the movie Wake up sid which was shot here. Marine drive is 3.6 km Boulevard in South Bombay popularly known as Queens Necklace as the street lights resemble a string of pearls in a necklace when observed from an elevated point.


Hadi Rani Ki Baori – Paheli

Hadi Rani Ki Baori is a stepwell located in Todaraisingh town in Tonk district of Rajasthan state. Some scenes of the Bollywood film Paheli were shot here. The stepwell is rectangular on plan with double-storeyed corridors on each side and arched doorway below the lower storey.



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