Travel Shots 2: Silsila

Year of release: 1981

Director: Yash Chopra

Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kapoor

The epic romantic drama was inspired from the real life story of the lead pair, Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan. Rekha and Amitabh are doomed in love for each other, they are planning to get married soon. But here the drama strikes and Amitabh’s brother, Shashi Kapoor, dies leaving his pregnant fiancée behind. Now Amitabh don’t have any choice to marry his could be sister in law to save her honor. At the same time, devastated Rekha marries Sanjeev Kapoor. The duo meets shortly and starts having extra marital affair. After many ups and downs, hide & seeks and a quirky holi song, the film comes to an end where they get back to their weded partners willingly accepting the reality. The movie did not go well on the box office because it challenged the very sacred institution of marriage. But still it made a special place in the hearts of many movie lovers and inspired them to travel to some special places shown on screen.

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Silsila Movie Poster

The Tulip Gardens:

The romantic number ‘Dekha ek Khwab’ was shot partly in the Keukenhof tulip gardens in The Netherlands. The tulips were seen for the first time on Indian silver screen. We can see Rekha and Amitabh walking by, romancing on the tunes of the song by the floods of Tulips. The fresh and bright red, yellow, orange tulips were as splendid as their chemistry. Keukenhof (Kitchen garden) is famously known as the Garden of Europe. It is situated near Lisse, Netherlands and is the world’s largest flower garden.

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Keukenhof Tulip Garden, Netherlands

Kashmir:

Bollywood enjoyed shooting in Kashmir in the pre-insurgency period. Many scenes in the film are shot in the crowned state of India. Even the song ‘Dekha ek Khwab’ was partly shot in Pahalgam. Aru Valley can also be seen timely. When you take a trip to Kashmir, your guide will spend half of his time showing you different places where the couples from Silsila romanced around.

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Singing on the shores of Lidder River
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Lidder River, Pahalgam
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Aru Valley

Delhi:

The film’s protagonists live in Delhi. So obviously streets, gardens, hotels and buildings from the capital can be seen in bits and pieces especially the Lodhi garden.

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Lodhi Garden, Delhi
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