A Bollywood wish for Paris

We acknowledge and appreciate how the pervasiveness of MP3 players and customization of playlists have enabled us to create soundtracks to our lives. The opportunities to test the effectiveness of these playlists are always welcome. I got a few such opportunities during my recent trips to France and England. While soundtracks to Namastey London (2007) and Chocolate (2005) topped my charts in London, it was Salaam-e-Ishq (2006) and my favorite [English] music groups Six Pence None the Richer and Frou Frou that dominated in Paris.

I wonder why we haven't had many Hindi films shot in Paris, even partly. All I remember is the song Ajooba from Jeans (1998, was it?) which had a little scene by the Eiffel Tower, but I do not recall there being a strong connection at all between Bollywood and Paris. Hope that changes, for Paris is an amazing city. Speaking of Paris, here are a couple of pictures shot by yours truly, in this order: The arc at Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, and the Notre Dame.


yves said...

As a Frenchman and lover of Bollywood like you, I've also often noticed the fact you point to. I'm trying to rack my brain even as I write to think of an Indian movie where Paris or any other French city might have been chosen instead of a Swiss or Austrian one... Really hard to say, but YES! There's Sangam (http://www.letstalkaboutbollywood.com/article-26350946.html) At least I've found one... But anyway this shows the validity of your remark: one has to think hard before one can find a French location for Bollywood films.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Yves, and thank you so much for your visit and comment! The only other one I can think of right away is 'An Evening in Paris', which I have yet to see. I know Salman Khan and Asin were filming in Paris earlier this year, and that film (I think it was for 'London Dreams') should make its way later this year.

I love your country and her people and music (and food!). Looking forward to checking out your blog! Thank you again.