Ooty: A Favorite Spot For Film Shooting
Shooting outdoor shots or opting for scenic locales might cost extra money; transport, accommodation etc. but it also feeds the hungry audience with the refreshed surroundings thus venturing out of the claustrophobic sets and transporting them into the dream world. Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh were favourite shooting spots with Bollywood producers and directors with the enchanting valleys and snow capped hills until the problem of terrorism cropped up. Thus, producers started looking for new locales and landed up in Ooty- the city with mystical blue hills and innumerable films; including South Indian and Bollywood have been shot here.
The breathtaking scenery, lush green valleys and hillocks, ever cool and moderate weather makes Ooty a popular film shoot destination. Crowned as the Queen of Nilgiris, directors never run out of finding beautiful shooting spots amidst the colonial hill station, with majestic colonial architectural splendor in the buildings, Bungalows and hotels established by the British Raj. Moreover it is economical to shoot in Ooty due to cheap hotel fares, easily available labour for the film shoots and of course the exotic locales. It was already popular film shooting spot with Southern directors, but became a hot favourite of Bollywood as well. Ooty has always been a hotspot for Southern Filmmakers who have shot endless films in Ooty due to its proximity and climate along with less transportation cost. Films like Poovellam Kettupar, Ullathai Alitha and Goal are a few amongst many shot in Ooty by Malayali and Kollywood film directors.
Wenlock Downs in Ooty resemble Yorkshire Dales, a place in the British Isles in U.K, Sixth Mile and Ninth Mile, Porthimund Lake, Fernhills Palace and Kamaraj Sagar Dam are few film shooting spots amongst several others. Bollywood actor Mithun Chakravarty fell in love with the Hill Station so much so that he set up two luxury hotels to accommodate the Bollywood brigade and resides here as well. Due to the influx of Bollywood film fraternity, Ooty has got a boost in its economy with prices of labour, hotels, film spots rising. Bollywood Biggies like Mahesh Bhatt, Subhash Ghai, Anurag Basu and Southern filmmaker Mani Ratnam and others has shot in Ooty several times. Film stars like Madhuri Dixit, Rishi Kapoor and youngsters in modern times in Bollywood are extremely fond of Ooty and prefers shooting here away from the polluted environment prevailing in metro cities.
Super hit movies like Aashiqui, Roja, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Barfi, Saajan,Parmaatma, Guru, Chaalbaaz, Karz, Raja Hindustani, Ajab Prem ki Gazab Kahaani, Jab We Met, Hum and Hum Apke Hain Kaun are a few to mention shot in Ooty.