Year of release: 2007
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Actors: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor-Khan
Places seen: Chanddigarh, Shimla, Manali, Rohtang Pass, Patiala, Mumbai
The movie lift up the careers of Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shahid Kapoor. The movie was a trendsetter and a blockbuster hit. The character of Geet played by Kareena Kapoor Khan was appreciated immensely as it touched the hearts of every single Indian girl. Everyone was Geet in their own way. The story was simple. Geet, a happy go lucky girl, meets Aditya and changes his approach to look at life. Because of an unfortunate incident, she loses her charm and Aditya helps her to get back to the old Geet she was. They fall in love in the process, get married and live happily ever after.
The movie was shot in Mumbai, Punjab, Shimla and in Himalayan foothills.
Rohtang Pass, Manali:
The opening shots of the song Yeh Ishq Haaye were shot here. Geet runs away from home with Aditya to meet her boyfriend in Manali. On the way to Manali, they pass through beautiful valley of Himachal Pradesh.
Naggar Castle, Manali:
The shots displaying Tibetan carnival from the song Yeh Ishq Haaaye were shot here. The crew transformed the historic Naggar Castle into a huge Tibetan. People from surrounding villages were organized to be extras, local shop keepers and balloon vendors hired to provide colorful displays of merchandise, and amusement rides were set up. The result was a vibrant singing and dancing extravaganza featuring traditional dancers, including Tibetan lion dancers, and costumes.
Shimla-Kalka Toy Train:
Shimla-Kalka train route was built in 1898 and now its declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Aditya comes to Shimla to bring back Geet. While sightseeing in Shimla, they come across the train and run to catch it. The scene is partly inspired by the famous DDLJ climax train scene.
Shimla Mall Road:
Mall Road is the main street in Shimla which was built by Britishers. It’s the famous shopping hub and always crowded by tourists.
Aditya comes to Shimla looking for Geet. There he sees her working in a school, staying at a working women’s hostel, devastated. We can see the damsel in distress walking through the Mall Road, with red eyes and nude expressions.
Mandawa, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan
Mandawa is a small town located in the Junjhunu district of Rajasthan. The town is full of havelis and old Rajasthani structures. One of the best travel songs in Bollywood Hum Jo Chalane Lage is from the movie. The song shows the brighter side of Aditya and tracks the emotional journey of Aditya and Geet’s friendship. Aditya and Geet are shown taking their luggage from Kota station and travelling to Bhatinda by road. In the song we can see the famous Mandawa fort in the behind of Geet and Aditya where they are enjoying the ice-gola. The fort has been converted into a heritage hotel so one can enjoy staying over there.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus:
The movie starts with the helpless and stressed Aditya travelling through the city. He arrives at CST and there he boards a train. Geet boards the same train but with much on-the-run drama.
Khandala Bus Station:
Geet and Aditya go through a very happening night from railway station to hotel descent. Finaly this extraordinary night comes to an end at Ratlam bus dept. But it’s actually Khandala bus depot. Whenever you are travelling to Khandala by bus, the same depot is the last stop of your destination.
Lonawala Railway Station:
Geet misses her train twice in a night. Both the station shots were taken at Lonawala Railway Station.
The small town Nabha in Patiyala district of Punjab soon became a talk of town when it became the house of Geet. Nabha was used to represent Geet’s house, garden and farm which the filmmakers said to be in Bhatinda.