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Gujarat becomes a favourite destination

Gujarat is set to become the second home for Bollywood, with a galaxy of superstars descending on the state this year to shoot for films that have generated high anticipation.

The lineup of productions boasts of Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees, Hrithik Roshan's period drama Mohenjo Daro, and Amitabh Bachchan's Piku.

The trend of using Gujarat landscapes in Bollywood movies began with the Salman Khan-Aishwarya Rai film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, followed by Abhishek Bachchan's debut film Refugee, and Aamir Khan's Oscar-nominated Lagaan. Big B, Deepika Padukone, and Irrfan Khan recently shot for Piku in Surendranagar. Shah Rukh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pakistani beauty Mahira Khan will shoot for Raees in Ahmedabad between March and April.

The industry believes that Gujarat's good law-and-order situation and its record and economical labour, is drawing the film fraternity. Actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal says, "Many locations in Gujarat are unexploited. And people are friendly too." The BJP MP from Ahmedabad recently shot for Dharam Sankat Mein in Chandkheda. Writer-director Rahul Dholakia, who will direct Shah Rukh in Raees, says, "Several Gujarat areas give the feel of 1970s and 1980s, like the Ahmedabad pols. From Umargam to the Kutch border, the state has numerous interesting locations."

Dholakia says that Bollywood might even shift to Gujarat because of its proximity to Mumbai and the easy availability of background actors. Dholakia suggests that if infrastructure is developed in the interiors of the state and good hotels come up, more stars will reach for Gujarat.

Raees, written by city-based writers, will be shot in heritage locations of Ahmedabad. Ashutosh Gowariker will create a huge set in Kutch for Mohenjo Daro. Superstars from down South have also shot in the state. One of the most popular actors of the Malayalam film industry, Fahad Fazil, was in Gujarat in December-end for Ayaal Njanalla (That Man is Not Me). Southern films like the Mahesh Babu-starrer 'Dookudu' were filmed in the Rann of Kutch.

India's entry for the Oscars in 2013, the Gujarati film The Good Road, was also shot in the state. Sanjay Leela Bhansali returned to Gujarat for Ram Leela which featured Banni plains, the white desert and Rabaris. IIM-Ahmedabad and BRTS featured prominently in the Arjun Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer 2 States while Sarkhej Roza was used to depict a Pakistani market for Rishi Kapoor's D-Day.

This land has even attracted a Pakistani filmmaker — Mehreen Jabbar who made Ramchand Pakistani here. Mira Nair's nephew and first-time director Ishaan Nair shot at Ahmedabad airport and several other locations for his Khwaish.

Films that used state's locales
- Singham Returns (2014)
- Rang Rasiya (2014)
- 2 States (2014)
- Jal (2014)
- Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013)
- The Good Road (2013)
- D-day (2013)
- R Rajkumar (2013)
- Ram Leela (2013)
- Kai Po Che (2013)
- Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster 1 & 2 (2011 and 2013)
- Gandhi, My Father (2007)
- Lagaan (2001)
- Refugee (2000)
- Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000)
- Sooryavansham (1999)
- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
- Godmother (1999)
- Mirch Masala (1987)
- Bhuvan Shome (1969)
- Guide Film (1965)
- Mother India (1957)

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