Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, Danny Boyle: Hollywood directors who put India on global map

Movies | | March 12, 2013, 4:08 pm
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Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow decided to shoot her second film 'Zero Dark Thirty' in India. Based on the hunt for terrorist Osama Bin Laden, Kathryn reconstructed Pakistan in the city of Chandigarh for her film.

Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow decided to shoot her second film 'Zero Dark Thirty' in India. Based on the hunt for terrorist Osama Bin Laden, Kathryn reconstructed Pakistan in the city of Chandigarh for her film.

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Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg has expressed his desire to produce a film based on Kashmir. It is not the first time that Hollywood directors have taken to India for inspiration. Many films have been shot in India and many have their stories set in India. Here is a look at 15 directors and their films that put India on the global map.

Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg has expressed his desire to produce a film based on Kashmir. It is not the first time that Hollywood directors have taken to India for inspiration. Many films have been shot in India and many have their stories set in India. Here is a look at 15 directors and their films that put India on the global map.

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Oscar-nominated film 'Life of Pi' traces back the childhood of their protagonist Piscine Molitor Patel in India. Ang Lee shot 30 percent of the film in Puducherry.

Oscar-nominated film 'Life of Pi' traces back the childhood of their protagonist Piscine Molitor Patel in India. Ang Lee shot 30 percent of the film in Puducherry.

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John Jeffcoat's romantic comedy 'Outsourced' based on the concept of call centres was shot in India.

John Jeffcoat's romantic comedy 'Outsourced' based on the concept of call centres was shot in India.

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Who can forget this popular scene from the latest Batman series 'The Dark Knight Rises'. Christopher Nolan took to Jodhpur to shoot the nail biting prison sequence in the film.

Who can forget this popular scene from the latest Batman series 'The Dark Knight Rises'. Christopher Nolan took to Jodhpur to shoot the nail biting prison sequence in the film.

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Julia Roberts took to the streets of India in 2009 to shoot for her film 'Eat Love Pray'. Directed by Ryan Murphy, it's a story of a woman who is on a self discovery journey finds the power of prayer in India.

Julia Roberts took to the streets of India in 2009 to shoot for her film 'Eat Love Pray'. Directed by Ryan Murphy, it's a story of a woman who is on a self discovery journey finds the power of prayer in India.

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Based on Dominique Lapierre's book, director  Roland Joffe took to the streets of Clavutta to shoot his film 'City of Joy' in 1992. The film not just had India as the premise but also Indian actors like Om Puri and Shabana Azmi were a part of the star cast.

Based on Dominique Lapierre's book, director Roland Joffe took to the streets of Clavutta to shoot his film 'City of Joy' in 1992. The film not just had India as the premise but also Indian actors like Om Puri and Shabana Azmi were a part of the star cast.

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Another film based on India is 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. Based on a group of British pensioners who move to India to spend their time at a retirement hotel, John Madden beautifully captured Jaipur in the film.

Another film based on India is 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. Based on a group of British pensioners who move to India to spend their time at a retirement hotel, John Madden beautifully captured Jaipur in the film.

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Even Tom Cruise could not stay away from the charms of India and the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series was shot in Maharashtra. Director Braid Bird set the action in the bylanes of Mumbai.

Even Tom Cruise could not stay away from the charms of India and the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series was shot in Maharashtra. Director Braid Bird set the action in the bylanes of Mumbai.

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Even the beaches of Goa made it to the Hollywood film 'Bourne Supremacy'. Paul Greengrass shot a few scenes in India when Kirill travels to Goa to kill Bourne.

Even the beaches of Goa made it to the Hollywood film 'Bourne Supremacy'. Paul Greengrass shot a few scenes in India when Kirill travels to Goa to kill Bourne.

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Roland Joffe yet again came to India to shoot his next venture 'Singularity'.  A love story set against the backdrop of the first Anglo-Maratha war has Bipasha Basu playing the lead actress in the film.

Roland Joffe yet again came to India to shoot his next venture 'Singularity'. A love story set against the backdrop of the first Anglo-Maratha war has Bipasha Basu playing the lead actress in the film.

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James Bond also took to the charms of India in his 1983 film 'Octopussy'. Most of the film was shot in Udaipur and also had Kabir Bedi and Vijay Amritraj in key roles.

James Bond also took to the charms of India in his 1983 film 'Octopussy'. Most of the film was shot in Udaipur and also had Kabir Bedi and Vijay Amritraj in key roles.

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Oscar-winning film that brought India on the global map was Danny Boyle's 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Set in India, the film tells the story of a slum boy who turns out to become a millionaire.

Oscar-winning film that brought India on the global map was Danny Boyle's 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Set in India, the film tells the story of a slum boy who turns out to become a millionaire.

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Even Kung Fu master Jackie Chan could not stay away from India and shot his film 'The Myth' in Hampi. Directed by Stanley Tong, the film also stars Mallika Sherawat.

Even Kung Fu master Jackie Chan could not stay away from India and shot his film 'The Myth' in Hampi. Directed by Stanley Tong, the film also stars Mallika Sherawat.

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Michael Winterbottom yet again came back to India in 2011 with his film 'Trishna'. Based on the novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, the film was extensively shot in Rajasthan and stars Freida Pinto.

Michael Winterbottom yet again came back to India in 2011 with his film 'Trishna'. Based on the novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, the film was extensively shot in Rajasthan and stars Freida Pinto.

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Michael Winterbottom brought Angelina Jolie to India to shoot ' A Might Heart' to tell the story of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was kidnapped and later beheaded by terrorists .

Michael Winterbottom brought Angelina Jolie to India to shoot ' A Might Heart' to tell the story of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was kidnapped and later beheaded by terrorists .