Here’s the list of few Bollywood film makers who made exceptional decisions and choose to get their Hindi movies shot in the Northeast. In the past, there have been other Hindi Blockbuster films which were set in the Northeast but got filmed somewhere else, including Dil Se (1998), Tango Charlie (2005), Bum Bum Bole (2010) and Mary Kom (2014).
According to Industry sources, despite great locations in the region, what has kept Bollywood away from picking the Northeast is due to bad roads, short-sighted policies and poor facilities for filmmaking.
This once far-flung Northeast region came into limelight with this Bollywood hit film directed by Rakesh Roshan. The Hindi blockbuster song “Tanhai Tanhai” sequence starring the heart-throb Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit was shot in and around Shungatsher Lake in Arunachal Pradesh. The locals dubbed it as the “Madhuri” lake to tourists.
Ek Pal (1986)
Directed by Kalpana Lajmi, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh and Shabana Azmi. The 2 hour 15 minute long movie was shot in Shillong and Assam’s Jorhat.
Directed by Deepak Bahry. The family drama film starring Salman Khan and Ayesha Jhulka was filmed in Shillong. Few scenes were shot at Eastern Air Command Campus, Upper Shillong including K V Upper Shillong.
The Hindi film remake of 2002 hit Hollywood movie Dragonfly, ‘Saaya’ starring then newcomer John Abraham and Tara Sharma was shot in Mokokchung district of Nagaland. The film directed by Anurag Basu is set in the story when malaria strikes India on the Burmese border, Maya (Tara Sharma) went to work in a remote region as relief medical doctor despite her husband Akki’s (John Abraham) disapproval.
Directed by Kalpana Lajmi. The Bollywood drama film starring Raveena Tandon was partially shot in Guwahati. Raveena Tandon won Best Actress award at the distinguished National Film Award for her role as Durga Saikia. The family surname Saikia belongs to Assam.
Rock On!! 2 (Releasing 2016)
The drama film revolving around a rock band starring Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Ramp and Shraddha Kapoor is shot at the country’s most scenic and pristine hill station Shillong, also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’.
Rangoon (Releasing 2016)
Vishal Bharadwaj’s Rangoon, starring Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Kangna Ranaut, is being shot in the picturesque valley of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. The Casablanca-like love triangle film is set against the backdrop of World War II.
Har Pal (Releasing Date Unknown)
Acclaimed director from Assam, Jahnu Barua’s film starring Preity Zinta and Shiny Ahuja in leading roles was shot in Shillong, but following the rape charges against male lead Shiney Ahuja in June 2009, the film’s release was delayed and still yet to be released.