Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for his larger than life sets and use of bright colors, but Jaipur’s natural beauty still remains a large part of this movie. The beautiful song ‘Mohe Rang Do Laal,‘ which is a tribute to ‘Mohe Panghat Pe’ from Mughal-e-Aazam, was shot at the Amber Palace in Jaipur and is the most aesthetically pleasing performance in the movie.
Shuddh Desi Romance
The saving grace of this film, which tries to be modern but ends up a bit confused, is the scenic beauty and gorgeous locales of the ‘Gulabi’ city — especially in the song ‘Gulabi,‘ where places like Jalmahal Palace, Hawa Mahal, Raj Mandir, Nahargarh fort and the vibrant streets of the city are shown in their full glory.
Though you might already be humming songs from this film (like ‘Yeh Dilli hai mere yaar’), this film isn’t where you think it is; the terrace that looks out at the lovely streets of Chandni Chowk is actually located at Sambhar near Jaipur. To hide this fact, they were replaced with images of Delhi in post production!
This film stars Anil Kapoor and Sridevi. Anil Kapoor’s haveli in this film is actually the ‘Rambagh Palace’ in Jaipur, and the famous song ‘Mohe Chedo Na Nand ke’ was shot at the beautiful Kanak Vrindavan Garden, which is a mesmerizing garden that resembles the palace of ‘Vrindavan.’
Priyadarshan’s only comedy slash horror movie was a huge hit and was shot at Chomu Palace in Jaipur. This 300 year old, elegant palace hotel is an authentic and historic building that provides a hauntingly beautiful setting for the film.
When the wild Sonam Kapoor visits the Maharaja of ‘Suraj Garh Palace’ with the handsome prince Fawad Khan in this film, they used the Amer fort of Jaipur as the setting. The Ganesh Pol gate can be seen in the background when these two have a conversation with Maharaja.
This movie, directed by the veteran actor Amol Palekar, shot many significant scenes in Jaipur. An architectural marvel, Hadi Rani Ki Baori is used as the location where where Rani Mukherjee finds something strange; in reality, this structure has a prominent history and is said to be home to certain supernatural forces. The song from the film, ‘Kangana Re,’ was shot at the Narain Niwas Palace in Jaipur.
Many scenes from the hit Abbas Mastan thriller Ajnabee, which stars the beautiful Kareena Kapoor Khan, were shot at the mighty Jaigarh Fort and Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur. Every Jaipur local can identify this palace from its giant chess set.
Are you a fan of Deepika’s breathtaking ‘Deewani Mastani’ from Bajirao Mastani? This song is also a tribute to ‘Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya,’ from the Indian epic historical drama film that broke a ton of records. In this black and white film, only this song was shot in color, and they used the the awe-inspiring Sheeshmahal (Mirror Palace) at Amer fort in Jaipur for their location.
The huge hit song ‘Koyal Si Teri Boli’ from the blockbuster movie Beta (starring Anil Kapoor & Madhuri Dixit) shot some scenes at the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. One of the signature monuments of Jaipur, Hawamahal, or the ‘Palace of Winds,’ was used in the film as well.
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
An uproarious comedy starring Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda in the lead roles, this film was shot at the grand City Palace in Jaipur. This palace once housed the Maharaja of Jaipur, but today, it houses a museum.
Abbas Mastan love the ‘pink city,’ and why wouldn’t they? No city has as many ancient forts and dreamlike palaces as Jaipur. The climactic fight scene in Humraaz was shot at Jaigarh Fort in (where else?) Jaipur.
Rang De Basanti
Even though it’s number 13 on our list, this movie was definitely a lucky one for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The famous fort scene was shot at Nahargarh fort, Jaipur, and Nahargarh was the ‘Masti ki Pathshaala’ for the young, vibrant college students featured in the film.
One of Karishma Kapoor’s best films, Zubeida was inspired by the life of Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur. The film was shot in the Narain Niwas Palace of Jaipur. Now a heritage hotel, Narain Niwas was built by General Amar Singh and was named after his father, Thakur Narain Singh, ultimately serving as the younger Singh’s country residence.
Eklavya: The Royal Guard
The indoor scenes in this Vidhu Vinod Chopra movie — specifically, the ones featuring Saif Ali Khan and his sister’s rooms — were shot in the royal rooms of the City Palace. The filmmakers sought permission from Maharani Gayatri Devi to open up rooms in this palace that had been locked for several years.
Speaking of gory politics, this Anurag Kashyap film was shot at the Chomu Palace in Jaipur.
One of the best Indian period films ever made, Jodha Akbar by Ashutosh Gowarikar features beautiful scenes shot in and around the Amer fort. Remember the scene where Aishwarya Rai is cooking food for the king in a huge kadai? That kadai is still standing at the Amer fort.
Not only did this film count Abhishek Bachchan among its star cast, but almost half the movie was shot in Jaipur. The peppy romantic song ‘Chalao Na Naino se Baan re’ was shot at Chokhi Dhani, a village resort in Jaipur, while other songs and scenes were shot at Amer fort, Chomu Placae and Narain Niwas.
Sabse Bada Khiladi
Remember’Bholi Bhaali ladki,’ the cute song featuring Akshay Kumar and Mamta Kulkarni? It was shot at one of the most renowned architectural wonders in Jaipur, the Birla Temple.