4 Indian Films You Didn’t Know were Shot in Vancouver

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Be it the gut-crunching action scenes from the Hollywood mega-hit movies A-Team, Titanic or the pondering of future in movies like Tomorrowland, the common denominator that exists in all these movies is Canada’s ‘Hollywood North”. Famous Netflix series like Van Helsing, Batwoman, or Riverdale were also shot in Vancouver. Vancouver, the second home of Hollywood movies, is known as Hollywood North due to the mesmerizing beauty and the super-capable industry potential in the region.

Vancouver is the most famous city on the west coast of Canada. With the ocean and beaches on one side and mighty mountains on the other, this province is arguably one of the most useful places for creative visual work due to its beauty and scenic variety. Vancouver takes pride in being the filming location of hundreds of Hollywood movies from the 20th century.

But did you know Bollywood also has been using the beautiful landscapes of Vancouver for its movies for many decades? One of the most important factors that made Vancouver an important place in the film industry is the availability of technical staff and talent. Vancouver has various film studios, artists, crews, and subsidiary businesses that provide pre and postproduction services for movie creation. It is common for people with an interest in the movie industry to move to Vancouver in Canada to find relevant opportunities.

Colleges in the region also focus on providing relevant courses supporting the industry. For those who are interested in the Cosmetic and crew side of the film industry, Vancouver Community College provides Esthetician and Makeup courses. Langara College offers Digital Film Production courses.

Let’s take a look at some of  the Indian movies that were shot in Vancouver:

Koi Mil Gaya

Movie poster of Koi Mil Gaya

Koi Mil Gaya was a blockbuster Bollywood hit shot in Vancouver. This was a science fiction film that starred the famous Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta. The movie was a big commercial success and one of Bollywood’s firsts to talk about aliens and everything extra-terrestrial.

Neal n Nikki

Movie poster of Neal n Nikki

This is a romantic comedy about Indian immigrants in Canada. The movie was a full-blown Canadian production, based in Vancouver. Little did we know that the beautiful scenes and the flora and fauna that make the colorful backdrop for the scenes of the movie are places around Vancouver including Whistler!

Thank You

Movie poster of the movie Thank You

This is another romantic comedy by director Anees Bazmee. The movie was produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Twinkle Khanna. The movie was mostly shot in Vancouver and Toronto in Canada.

Ardaas Karaan
Movie poster of the movie Ardaas Karaan

Punjabi movie Ardaas Karaan is the latest production from director Gippy Grewal. This movie captures the beauty of places around Vancouver including Vancouver Island more than any other Indian movie has done to date.

Do you know more Indian movies that were shot in Vancouver? Please write to us with details and we will add them to our list. In addition to movies, numerous Punjabi and Hindi music videos were shot in Vancouver too.

Vancouver has close to 2.5 lakh Indian population as per Wikipedia. The numbers are only set to grow if we take the increasing number of Indian international students and new immigrants that move to Vancouver each year into consideration. Vancouver boasts the best weather for those who move from tropical regions like India. The city hardly receives a couple of weeks of snow and the winters are mild compared to many other cities in Canada. This makes it a friendly destination for those who are moving first to Canada. Are you interested in studying in Vancouver? Reach us to know more!!

Source: Koi Mil Gaya, Neal n Nikki, Thank You, Ardaas Karaan

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