Goa, with its picturesque beaches, old churches and a unique blend of cultures has always been the ideal location not only for travellers, but for Bollywood filmmakers as well.
Over the years, many of Bollywood’s iconic films were not just shot in Goa, but their stories were also set in Goa. Right from the national film award winner Ek Duuje Ke Liye, to the cult classic Dil Chahta Hain, Bollywood’s obsession with Goa never seems to die down.
Here is a list of 11 iconic Bollywood movies that have helped Goa become one of the most sought after locations for filmmakers in India.
1. Saat Hindustani (1969)
Directed by K.A Abbas, Saath Hindustani marked the debut of Bollywood’s biggest star, Amitabh Bachchan. This national award winner is based on the Goa Liberation Movement where seven individuals, hailing from different parts of the country came together to free Goa from Portuguese colonial rule.
2. Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)
Ek Duuje Ke Liye is a rebellious love story between a young South Indian played by Kamal Hassan and a North Indian Girl played by Rati Agnihotri. Directed by K. Balachander, the film is a Hindi remake of his own Telugu film Maro Charitra. It was one of the films that brought Goa into the mainstream cinema for its scenic beauty. Some of the popular locations in this film include the old Patto bridge, Dona Paula jetty, Shantadurga temple and the Harvalem Waterfalls.
3. Trikal (1985)
Directed by Shyam Benegal, Trikal is mostly inspired by the legendary cartoonist Mario Miranda’s family history and is filmed in Miranda’s beautiful ancestral home in Loutolim. Shyam Benegal won the National Film Award for Best Direction and Saba Zaidi for Best Costume Design.
4. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa ( 1994)
This is one of Shah Rukh Khan’s most memorable performances for which he even won the Filmfare Critics award for the best performance. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is directed by Kundan Shah and revolves around Shah Rukh’s attempts to woo the girl he loves and is not exactly a happily ever after. It is filmed at Colva beach, Fort Aguada and the ruins of St. Augustine in addition to other well known places.
5. Khamoshi-The Musical (1996)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s debut film, Khamoshi features Nana Patekar and Seema Biswas who portray a deaf and mute couple, and Manisha Koirala who plays the role of Annie, their musically inclined daughter. Some of the prime Goan locations in this movie include Old Goa, Anjuna and the Saligao church.
6. Josh (2000)
Many think, Goa is the destination where one can drown all their problems in a pint of beer (or more). But for a Bollywood fan, Goa is more than just the ultimate party destination. Well, thank the hipster roles played by Shah Rukh Khan and Gang in full swag that gave that “Uber-cool” image to Goa that lured every movie lover to the land of Sun, Sand & Sea.
7. Dil Chahta Hain (2001)
The winner of the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Dil Chahta Hain has attained a cult status. Directed by Farhan Akhtar, the movie is based on the lives of three friends portrayed by Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna. This coming of age film introduced Goa to a new generation of Indians. Since the release of the film, the Chapora Fort has become a major tourist attraction in Goa.
8. The Golmaal Series (2006-2010)
One filmmaker who really loves Goa is Rohit Shetty, the director of the Golmaal Series. Almost all his movies are either set or shot in Goa. The Golmaal Series revolves around the lives of four friends and their antics, always leading to a dramatic end. This series is the fourth highest grossing film series in Bollywood. Some of the locations of this movie series include the old GMC Complex in Panaji, Fort Aguada and Dona Paula.
9. Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd (2007)
Keeping in mind that Goa is the go-to for the newly weds, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd’s plot revolves around six newly wed couples of different age groups who are celebrating their honeymoon in Goa. Directed by Reema Kagti, the film explores themes such as homosexuality and superheroes. Majority of the film is set in Goa and includes famous location such as the Fort Aguada, Dona Paula, Our Lady of Mount Chapel and the Corjuem Fort.
10. Guzaarish (2010)
Guzaarish is a movie about a famous magician named Ethan Mascarenhas who has an accident during one of his magic shows and is left a cripple. Set in an old house in Goa (called Villa Mascarenhas in the film) that resembles a church, Bhansali goes to great lengths to showcase the Portuguese lifestyle, old Portugese styled mansions, servants and spacious grounds. The movie also has some hypnotising shots of Goa’s natural beauty with its green verdant fields, swaying palm trees and of course the famous Goan beaches when Hrithik is placed on a wheelchair and the waves sweep over his crippled feet.
11. Singham (2011)
This Ajay Devgn’s action packed film is directed by Rohit Shetty. A remake of the Tamil film Singam, Singham is about an honest cop’s battle against the corrupt politicians and it was a huge commercial hit. One of the most memorable scenes is the action scene shot at the Dona Paula jetty. If you visit Dona Paula now, you will find a number of stalls named “Singham” sprawled across the jetty!
12. Dum Maaro Dum (2011)
Dum Maaro Dum is a crime film set in Goa and is directed by Rohan Sippy. It follows the story of a corrupt police officer who is entrusted with the duty of busting drug rackets. With an effort to keep the film as real as possible, Rohan Sippy shot a sequence at the Arpora market with an actual crowd of around 20 to 30 thousand people.
13. Finding Fanny (2014)
Finding Fanny is one of the few recent films that managed to portray the true essence of Goa. Directed by Homi Adjania, the film portrays Goan characters settled in a fictional village in Goa. Adjania diverted from the cliche locations in Goa and instead opted for the lesser known side of Goa. The film is shot across Parra, Cortalim, Aldona, Assagao, Saligao and Socorro.
14. Drishyam (2015)
It is no doubt that Goa is one of Ajay Devgn’s favourite destinations for films, given the number of films he’s shot in Goa. This remake of the Malayalam Blockbuster which goes by the same name, has the main protagonist playing the role of a local businessman residing in Goa. Which means that it has numerous shots of the city-side of Goa that shows the daily humdrum in a Goan life. And not to forget some very beautiful shots of the hinterlands of Goa that are neither frequented by tourists nor shown often on the silverscreen.
15. Dear zindagi (2016)
It is but-so-evident that this movie which most of the millennials hold dear to themselves has been extensively shot in Goa. From the famed Parra road that’s surrounded by Coconut Trees on either side to the humble Goan village, Salvador Do Mundo and Morjim beach, the film travels to many parts of North Goa.
The song in the movie “Love you Zindagi” is a perfect example as it is set against the picturesque locales of Goa depicting its beauty and various other facets. Some of the unique elements of Goa such as its pristine beaches, tiny roads, villages and heritage houses will make you fall in love with Goa all over again.
The perfect place for Cinema and Cinema lovers, Goa was chosen to be the permanent venue for IFFI since 2004. And this has in fact only added further momentum to Goa being chosen as a favorite destination by the film industry.
Come to Goa and experience its cinematic quality and aesthetics, as you bask in the sun and enjoy the best of World cinema under single roof, at IFFI 2019.