Shooting a film can be challenging, especially in a country like India where red tape from government channels is unavoidable. But fear not, as we have got you a quick fix for this problem. In this article we will tell you about the TOP 10 shooting locations in India, along with the corresponding contact points to acquire the permission to shoot there. So, here we go:
Film Shooting Location Info – MUMBAI
The Mecca of filmmaking in India is also called the city of dreams for the right reasons. It has countless locations that are used as film locations. Everyday, multitudes of film crew keep shooting in different parts of this city. You can either hire a professional studio space, or just get the permission to shoot at one of the popular locations like – Marine Drive, Juhu Beach, Worli Sealink, Lokhandwala Complex, Gateway of India and even Dharavi.
To acquire permission to shoot in a public place, you can call the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation on the following number: 1800-229930
Or you can visit their website http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in
Or walk in their office at:
CDO Hutments, Opp LIC (Yogakshema) Building, Madame Cama Road, Mumbai (400020)
To book a studio, you can visit this website:
Movie Shooting Locations in HYDERABAD
The newly formed state is the hub of Telugu and other south Indian films because of the world’s biggest film studio; Ramoji Film City situated in Hyderabad. But besides the Ramoji Film City, the state and mainly Hyderabad offer several beautiful locations that are used by the filmmakers.
To book a slot in Ramoji Film City, you can either;
- visit their website http://www.ramojifilmcity.com, or;
- call them on 1800-4250-9999
But if you are interested in shooting at a public place, you can acquire the permission for the same by calling the office of Mr. K Sanjay Murthy, the Joint Secretary of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Address: Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi (110001)
Phone: 011-23073775, 011-23388771
Movie Film Locations in NCT DELHI
The capital of our the biggest democracy in the world, is officially known as ‘The National Capital Territory of Delhi or NCT Delhi. Popular for its green and beautiful, wide roads that look inviting in every season, Delhi has recently risen as the new favourite location for film shoots. Recently, many filmmakers have decided to give their films the very popular ‘Delhi touch’. Delhi offers various locations to shoot from its Metro to Historical Monuments or its regular public parks that could put Mumbai’s national parks to shame on the account of the area they cover. Hence, getting the permission to shoot in Delhi, can be a little tricky as you will need to know where exactly to call. However, contacting the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation can send you on the right route.
Visit their office at: 18-A, DDA SCO Complex, Defence Colony, New Delhi – 24,
or, give them a call on; 011-24647005, 011-24628026
Visit their website http://www.delhitourism.gov.in
AGRA- India Film Shooting Locations
This city needs no introduction, and rightly so. The city of Taj has been the location for many national and foreign films. You can sought the permission to shoot at this world’s seventh wonder from the following:
Office of Assistant Director, UP Tourism, 64, Taj Road, Agra, UP – 282001
Phone: 0562 – 2421204 / Website: http://www.up-tourism.com
The Pink City, is also the new darling of new age filmmakers. This laid back city is both beautiful and rich in heritage. It has a small town charm coupled with the comforts of a big city. The city offers several locations to shoot, mainly of which are historical sites, such as: The Amer Fort, Albert Hall, Hawa Mahal, and Naahargarh Fort. You can contact the extremely friendly folks at the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation to get the required permissions.
Address: RTDC Hotel Swagatam Campus, Near Railway Station, Jaipur 302006
The penultimate holiday destination of India, this state of synonymous with fun, holiday, and beaches. Made popular with Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai, Goa is a place where fun and work meet. However, without a single window system, getting the right permission for the right place can be a hassle. Despite its charming locations many filmmakers avoid Goa only because of the red tape involved in the process. However, in order to start the permission process, one can contact;
Mr Ganesh R Tell, Assistant Director of Tourism (Planning)
Office: Paryatan Bhavan, Patto – Panaji (Goa) 403001
Phone: 0832 – 2494205
Best Film Shooting Location -LEH, India
The gorgeous regions of Himalaya base, situated in Jammu-Kashmir, this region is known for many Bollywood song sequences and several commercials that are shot there. From the very famous Three Idiots to Jab Tak Hai Jaan, to Airtel 4G commercial, this location is no longer unknown to film crews. The permission for shooting can be acquired from the Ladakh Tourism Department;
Office: Assistant Director Tourism, Tourist Reception Centre, Leh – 194101
Phone: 01982-252094, 01982-250866
Movie Shooting Locations in SIMLA-MANALI
The snow clad hills of these cities hold the evergreen charm for filmmakers looking for dreamy locations. From the Hollywood classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind to the latest Bollywood hit Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Simla-Manali have been a major turn on for the film makers. The state now offers a single window clearance system and boasts of approving the permissions within THREE DAYS. Contact:
Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Block No 28, SDA Complex, Kasumpti, Simla (171009)
Phone: 0177-2625864, 0177-2625511
Film Shooting Location JAMMU-KASHMIR
Noted for its scenic landscape, ancient temples and mosques, castles, gardens and boat markets, this location is one of the most sought after places among the Indian filmmakers. Despite the trouble brewing in the state, the film shootings do not halt and the tourism department tries its best to attract the investment from the film industry. Notable locations include, Dal Lake, Gulmarg, Mughal Gardens or just the snowy hills. You can get the permission to shoot from the state tourism dept.
Office: R No. 2/16, 2nd Floor Main Building, Civil Secretariat, Jammu – 180001
Phone: 0191-2546765, 0191-2570018
Film Shooting Locations DARJEELING
Snow peaks, vibrant green hills, and splendid tea gardens, Darjeeling offers all this variety to its visitors and this is why its compared with the the European country of Holland sometimes. Proudly wearing the crown of Queen of Hill Stations, this locations beckons several filmmakers to shoot their romantic song and dance sequences. The required permission can begotten from the Dept of Tourism of West Bengal —
Office: 1, KS Roy Road, 3rd Floor, Kolkata – 700001
Phone: 033-22254723, 033-22254724
All the info provided in this article has been collected from the Indian Film Commission website and the respected online sources of the state’s official tourism departments.
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