Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Nainital and ils Bollywood Connection

Nainital, the most favorite hill station of the North Indians has been a favorite location for Bollywood Filmmakers. The first Bollywood film shot in Nainital and nearby places was Madhumati released in 1958. But before that Guru Dutt and Zohra Sehgal, who were disciples of Uday Shankar, established the 'Uday Shankar India Cultural Centre', at Simtola, near Nainital.

 In the 1950s, three future Bollywood stars were studying in Nainital: Amitabh Bachchan at Sherwood College.  Danny Denzongpa at Birla Vidyamandir, Naseeruddin Shah at St Joseph’s College, and Film director Karan Johar’s mother was a hosteller at St Mary’s Convent.

B R Chopra's Gumrah (1963) starring Ashok Kumar, Sunil Dutt, and Mala Sinha was a super hit movie, Its song “In Hawao Mein, Inhi Fijazo Mein” was shot in Nainital.

Song of Gumrah 1963

The next song is from the 1964 film Shagun starring Waheeda Rehman and Kamaljeet. The film was shot at Mehboob Studios in Bombay and Nainital.This song was shot in Nainital
Song of Shagun 1964

Song of Waqt 1965

Song of Bheegi Raat 1965

Song of Anita 1967


This song made Nainital more popular among tourists
Song of Kati Patang 1971

Song of Masoom 1983

Song of Sirf Tum 1999

Song of  Abhi Toh Jee Le 1977 

Song of Koi Mil Gaya 2003


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