Budapest, capital city of Hungary, attracts productions from around the world. Not just US blockbusters, several Bollywood films and ads have also been filmed here.
“It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” Tom Hanks, following his stay.
Visionary Film Commissioner
Andy Vajna, who has been state film commissioner since 2011, is considered to be one of the masterminds credited with boosting Budapest’s reputation as a world-class film capital.
Budapest is also home to the state-of-the-art Korda Studios, set amid sprawling vineyards.
For the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Martian’, the studio had procured 4,000 tonnes of red earth to make the studio look like Mars. In the movie, Budapest was also shown (disguised) as Beijing.
Superb Homegrown talents
High-tech filming facilities, fiscal incentives, inexpensive skilled labour have made Budapest “the second major film platform in Europe after London”, said Daniel Kresmery who runs Korda’s production and development department.
Over hundred companies now work in the Hungarian movie industry, employing thousands of people. Besides big US productions, even homegrown films are shot here.
Bollywood films in Budapest
Several Bollywood films have also been shot in this Hungarian city.
‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ was the first major Bollywood film that was shot in Hungary. The film was shot at the Danube River, and in various locations around Budapest.
Watch: “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam title Song” shot in Budapest
- Force 2 (John & Sonakshi) filming in Budapest
- India’s Longest Commercial Film Shot in Budapest Prison
- Ranbir’s Ad Film for Hero Motocorp Bikes, Shot in Budapest
Can Be Shown As Most Other Attractive Cities
Due to its architecture, Budapest can be made to look like most other popular European city.
And because of its cost-effectiveness as well as world-class filming infrastructure, the versatile city has also “played” Paris, Vienna and Moscow in other films.
When Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling posed for stylish photographs at Budapest’s most beautiful spots, it was a marketing triumph for the Hungarian government, except for a minor discomfort. In one of the photos, Gosling (unaware of subtle political rivalries) was seen with a copy of the Magyar Nemzet newspaper, owned by the nemesis of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The PR glitch was fixed by blurring the newspaper’s name in the image.
Anyone want to come visit me and Harrison Ford in Budapest on the set of Blade Runner 2? https://t.co/g9Pph0Zkm8
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) September 29, 2016
Watch: Best of Budapest