Indian cinema, including Bollywood, has a huge following in SriLanka, with Hindi films being shown in theatres throughout the year, and at least one movie shown on local television almost every day. With normalcy prevailing in this country, people of this emerald island are now enjoying their favorite Hindi movies, and the SriLankan government is also encouraging Indian film-makers to shoot in their country.
SriLanka has got some beautiful scenic spots, lot of Hollywood movies have already been shot here, and slowly, Bollywood filmmakers are taking note of this island country. It also offers other advantages such as lower production costs compared to other countries.
Bollywood Movies Shot in Sri Lanka
Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Agyaat’ was filmed extensively in the Sigiriya jungles. Deepa Mehta’s ‘Water’ (John Abraham-Lisa Ray starrer) was shot just outside of Colombo.
Popular Bollywood movies shot in Sri Lanka include Jism 2, Ready, Sooryavansham, Agyaat, Water.
Official Trailer of Salman Khan’s ‘Ready’
Did You Know?
Did you know that Jacqueline Fernandez is originally from SriLanka? The Sri Lankan beauty who shot into the limelight with ‘Murder 2’ has also worked in a Sri Lankan Film named ‘According to Mathew’.
The war scenes in “Madras Cafe” were NOT shot in SriLanka, but were recreated in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Sri Lanka Tourism
SriLanka offers a great mix of beaches, heritage sites, wildlife, scenic beauty, festivals, adventure sports, & mind and body wellness. And as per the ‘post office worldwide holiday costs barometer’ (2012), Sri Lanka is one of the best valued destination for holidays.
Its tourism industry did take a nosedive because of its long internal conflict, however, after the end of the conflict in 2009, the tourism industry has again started booming.
Sri Lanka is an authentic tourism destination, the diversity of things to see is unparalleled, and the best part is that the island is compact allowing you to travel the length and breadth of the country within a few days.
- Marco Polo (explorer of the 12th century) wrote that Sri Lanka is the finest island in the whole world.
- Academy Award-winning “The Bridge on the River Kwai” was filmed in Kitulgala in Sri Lanka.
More about Sri Lanka:
- Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (Administrative), Colombo (Commercial)
- Official languages: Sinhala, Tamil, Recognized (English is widely spoken)
- Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
- Drives on the: left
- Calling code: +94
Checkout this video of Destination Sri Lanka.
New York Times
In the Hills of Sri Lanka's Tea Country
New York Times
Presently I was alone, moving through the sea of leaves, past residences pumping out local music and Bollywood dialogue. Behind me tucked into the hills was a single aglow building, the Tientsin bungalow, and I would get there when I got there. Mr …