20 Hindi Movies Shot In The Quaint Locales Of Ooty

As the famed toy train chugs along the tracks I see unrestrained lush foliage waving back at me, fog clinging to their peaks, groves of Eucalyptus trees and its scent filling the air, and the cooling breezes of Nilgiris whispering sweet nothings to me. The word paradise is so overused these days that it’s almost become meaningless. Yet, I wonder if I might have discovered its true meaning while travelling from Connoor to Ooty .

As I was clicking pictures I overheard one of the local tourist guides regaling the tourists with stories on movies and shootings. He knew the names of almost each and every possible movie shot in Ooty. I got most of the names from him and the rest from Google. I hope you enjoy the list. Want to add more to the list? Yes, then drop a comment 🙂

1. Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani

The romedy starring Katrina Kaif & Ranbeer Kapoor was partially shot in picturesque locales of Ooty. Call it a coincidence Ranbeer’s dad, Rishi Kapoor had shot the classic thriller Karz in Ooty almost 29 years back.

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 2. Ram Lakhan

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This blockbuster by Subash Ghai had all the filmy masala- emotional tussle between two brothers ( one is an honest inspector and the other a street smart badmaash), romance, fights, nice songs and last but not the least great locales. I remember the song mujhe tumse hay kitne giley which was shot in the scenic locations of Ooty. In fact, Ghai had shot a number of his films in Ooty – Hero, Karz, & Yaadein. It was in Ooty where Ghai penned the first draft of Karz and it was in the tranquil valleys of Ooty where he came up with the idea of Om.

3. Saajan

Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan & Sanjay Dutt starer flick was an emotional roller coaster ride. The film’s music was infectious and back in 90s everyone around me danced and bobbed to the music of Dekha Hay Pehli Baar, which was shot in Doddabetta in Ooty. Another popular song Mera Dil Bhi kitna Paagal Hay was shot at Dolphin’s Nose.

4. Roja

Did you know Roja’s breathtaking Kashmir scenes were shot in Ooty?

5. Dil Se (Chaiya Chaiya)

You want to know the secret sauce of creating a quintessentially sexy song sequence? Well, ask Malaika & SRK to gyrate on the rooftop of a train amidst the backdrop of pristine Nilgiri Hills! Chaiya Chaiya was shot on the rooftop of Nilgiri Mountain Railway train, a UNESCO heritage facility.

6. Maine Pyaar Kiya

The popular song, Dil Deewana Bin Sajna Key, was shot in Ooty. BTW I stumbled upon an interview in Rediff where Bhagyashree talked about an incident that happened in Ooty while Salman & she were shooting the song.

We were in Ooty shooting for Dil deewana bin sajna ke mane na when Salman came to know about my relationship with Himalayaji. He began teasing me in the morning itself. He would come very close to me and sing in my ear, ‘Dil deewana bin sajna ke…’

I started wondering what had happened to this guy; he had never behaved so strangely before. Now, there were people on the sets and he was trying to flirt with me.

He harassed me throughout the day. In the evening, I told him the members of the press were on the sets and there were so many outsiders so why was he behaving like that and he said, ‘I know.’

I asked him, ‘What do you know?’

He said, ‘Why don’t you call him here?’

I asked, ‘Call who here?’

That when I came to know that, through a common friend, he had come to know I was seeing Himalayaji. He was singing the song because he knew I was missing him. He asked me to call Himalayaji to Ooty.

7. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun

Did you know the movie’s shooting began in the marvellous locales of Ooty? Yeh Mausam Ka Jadoo song was shot in the Coonoor tea estate & Ooty.

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8. Raja Hindustani

A lot of scenes of the imaginary place called Palankhet were shot in Ooty. The song Poocho Zara Poocho was shot here; also, the famous kissing scene which was one of the longest kisses in Hindi cinema was shot in Ooty. In the book I’ll Do It My Way: The Incredible Journey Of Aamir Khan, we find a couple of interesting details

 

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 9. Raavan

Mani Ratnam & Santosh Sivan are famous for capturing the ethereal beauty of Ooty. From Raavan, Dalapathy ( Rajnikanth & Shobhana) to Dil Se & Iruvar ( Aishwarya & Mohanlal’s romance) – they brought the magical realm of the Nilgiris to life.

10. Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander

The super-romantic song Pehla Nasha was shot in Western Catchment area, Ooty. And Rajput college is Lawrence School, Lovedale.

11. Kuch Kuch Hota Hay

The summer camp in Shimla wasn’t actually in Shimla! It was shot at Wenlock Downs in Ooty.

12. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

Ghazab ka hay din was shot in Pine Forests. And it was for the first time Juhi Chawla visited Ooty and she instantly fell in love with the place. Remembering QSQT after the film completed 25 years of its release here’s what she told in an interview

It was the first time time I visited the place. I remember falling in love instantly with Ooty . The greenery, trees, clouds, mists…I’d wake up at 5 am and do makeup to report on location. It was great fun.

13. Sadma

This tear jerker movie was shot in Ooty. Somu’s house is actually Hotel Taj Savoy. And do you remember the last scene where Somu tries to stop Reshmi from leaving? Yes, the one that’s guaranteed to make you cry; well, it was shot in Ketti Valley.

14. Dil

Mujhe Neend Na Aaye & Humne Ghar Choda Hay songs were shot at the exquisite locales of Ooty. I remember reading an interview of Madhuri Dixit where she said

About 95 per cent of my films have been shot in Ooty.

15. Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai

Some scenes were shot in Lovedale Station & the audience again fall in love with the Nilgiris Railway.

16. Shola Aur Shabnam 

Do you remember the 90s hit song Tu Paagal Premi ? It was shot at Pykara Falls.

17. Aashiqui

People remember the songs of the movie till this day. One of them Jaanejigar Jaaneman was shot in Ooty.

18. Barfi

Some scenes of the song Main Kya Karoon were shot at Pine Forest.

19. Pukaar

Some scenes were shot in Wellington ( when Jai was court martialed) & Ooty Lake .

20. Deewana

Two popular songs Teri Ummeed and Aisi Deewangi were shot at various locations in Ooty.

Want to add more to the list. Drop a comment 🙂

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  • I have been to Ooty for almost a year in the year 2015 worked as a Bar Tender in TAJ SAVOY HOTEL, Ooty. I have visited many place in Ooty specially the place where Bollywood film used to shoot.
    The place is awesome, and the whether condition of Ooty is peace and cool.
    I have visited the place Dodapetta peak where Salman and Madhuri Dixit shot a song of film Saajan, Dekha hai pehli bar.
    Dolphin Nose where many films are shooted like Amir Khan,s film Jo jita Wohi Sikandar one song Pehla Nasha and Sanjoy Dutt and Mandhuri Dixit film Saajan song Mera dil bhi kitna pagal hai.
    And Bipasa Basu’s all time favorite place Ooty many films like RAAZ shooted in Fern hill place & Ooty lake and the place Creature 3D shooted I have visited the same spot is shooted in film HAUNTED as Hotel EDEN
    And the place where Haunted film is shooted as Glen Menor actually the name of that palace is NAWANNAGAR PALACE, OOTY

    But I feel very much enjoyable moment was for me toy train journey from Ooty to Coonoor.
    and from Coonoor to Mettupalayam.

    My suggestion if you want to visit Ooty
    You should visit the place
    1. Ooty Lake boat house
    2. Pykara Boat house
    3. Pykara waterfalls
    4. Rose Garden
    5. Dodapetta peak
    6. Dolphin Nose, Coonoor
    7. Botanical Garden
    8. Lambs Rock, Coonoor

  • Hi Surajit,

    Thanks for the list. No words can describe the feelings when you see those mist shrouded peaks !!

  • Would like to add movie Sadak.. It was also shot at Nawanagar palace.. and the song “hum tere bin kahin reh nahi paate” was shot at Dolphin’s nose. Infact this was 3rd snog of Sanjay Dutt , shot at same place. First song was ‘ Kabhi tum humse karo kabhi tum humse kare..’ from flop movie Khoon ka karz. It was picturised on Vinod Khanna-Dimple, Rajnikanth-Kimi Katkar and Sanjay Dutt-Sangeeta Bijlani. It seems Sanjubaba fell in love with this place after that . 2nd was Sadak song. The song ‘Mera dil bhi kitna pagal hai’ from Saajan was picturized after whole movie was finished.. Apart from these Hit movies almost all movies from 1995 to 2000 of Mithun Chakraborthy were shot at Ooty..

  • Director Indra Kumar (Dil, Beta, Raja, Ishq etc) has shot many songs in Ooty Botanical garden around particular tree as he found this tree lucky. Interestingly title song of Ishq picturized on Aamir-Juhi was shot at Switzerland but he did not forget to take one shot around this lucky tree.

  • thanks for sharing lists….

    this is the wonder place of india…. no words can describe the feelings…but really very nice…..

  • thanks for sharing lists….

    this is the wonder place of india….but really very nice…..

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  • Again we visited Ooty last month and came to know about some more movies which were shot in Ooty and Coonoor

    Karma (1986)- The jail shown is actually Army training center located in Wellington
    Mahadev (1989)- A Vinod Khanna , Meenakshi starer was shot in Ooty. in his introduction scene, VK arrives to Ketty railway station in NMR train.
    Shakti(1982) – Opening and closing scenes showing Dilip kumar and Anil kapoor were shot at Lovedale station. also the song Jane kaise kab kahan was shot in Botanical garden and also at Ooty lake and pine forest.
    Song maangi thi ek duaa also was shot at Botanical garden.
    Ram Lakhan (1989) apart from the song tera nam liya, there were many scenes shot in Ooty – pine forest, near Lawrence school. Anil Kapoor bunglow of Ram Lakhan was shown in other movies as well.
    Ghazab(1982) starring Dharmendra and Rekha was shot at Coonoor tea estates.

  • Again we visited Ooty last month and came to know about some more movies which were shot in Ooty and Coonoor

    Karma (1986)- The jail shown is actually Army training center located in Wellington
    Mahadev (1989)- A Vinod Khanna , Meenakshi starer was shot in Ooty. in his introduction scene, VK arrives to Ketty railway station in NMR train.
    Shakti(1982) – Opening and closing scenes showing Dilip kumar and Anil kapoor were shot at Lovedale station. also the song Jane kaise kab kahan was shot in Botanical garden and also at Ooty lake and pine forest.
    Song maangi thi ek duaa also was shot at Botanical garden.
    Ram Lakhan (1989) apart from the song tera nam liya, there were many scenes shot in Ooty – pine forest and also near Lawrence school. Anil Kapoor bunglow of Ram Lakhan was shown in other movies as well.
    Ghazab(1982) starring Dharmendra and Rekha was shot at Coonoor tea estates.

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