Why Bollywood loves Lahore?

We saw her first as, Zaara Hayaat Khan; the pretty, lively and carefree child of a Lahori Nawab-type-politician who falls for an Indian serviceman while on her visit to India in Yashraj’s ‘Veer Zaara‘.

And now, Bollywood’s bubbly girl, Preity Zinta, returns as a British born confused Lahori named Alvira Khan, in the newest Yash Chopra flick called ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom‘.

Along with Preity Zinta, Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Amitabh Bachhan, Hema Malini, Anupam & Kiron Kher, Boman Irani; all A-grade actors, the Yashraj banner made ‘Veer Zaara ‘ a blockbuster in India which gained unprecedented popularity in Pakistan too.

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This time, in ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom‘, Preity has Amitabh & Abhishek Bachhan, Lara Dutta, and Bobby Deol as co-stars. The movie has just released and it remains to be seen whether it repeats the success of ‘Veer Zaara‘ or not.

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Though we’re graciously pleased and flattered by the fact that, as compared to any other Pakistani city, Lahore is more popular in Bollywood movies and the Indian film industry as a whole, still, why is it so?

Is it because of Lahore’s importance as the cultural capital of Pakistan; it’s close proximity to the Indian border; the Punjabi & Sikh connection; the status of being the Capital of Mughal India, a heritage that it proudly shares with Delhi; What Lahore gave to Bollywood; or just for the sake that, Bollywood loves Lahore!

Image Source:

Zaara Hayaat Khan – BBC Shropshire
Alvira Khan – India FM

22 Comments so far

  1. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 3:01 am

    Cool!


  2. binary-zero (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 11:54 am

    hmm


  3. Rehan (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    Your post reminded me of the song

    Mein nikla gaddi lay kar…Rastay mein …O sadak par…Ik mod aya…mein oothey dil chod aaya…
    Rab jaaney…Kab guzra…Amritsar…O kab jaaney…”Lahore” aaya…mein dil oothay chod aaya


  4. Faraz (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    Havent seen both the movies, but a lot of bollywood movies these days have Pakistani references (and that too in good / normal context).

    I saw a brilliant brilliant indian movie, (actaully the movie was just alright, nothing specialy from critical point of view, but for various reasons i found it amazingly special). Anyway, the movie featured an Indian Punjabi family living alongside a pakistani family in London. Its called Namastey London.

    again… a brilliant movie :)


  5. man! (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 7:52 am

    Lahore is famous all over the world due to many reasons..
    Actually its the most famous city of Pakistan in the world.

    and if we talk about media, the Lollywood based here in Lahore and more over its the ancient city and is historically renowned..

    but the most important factor of lahore being famous is the people living in Lahore.
    We are called “zinda dilaan-e-Lahore”.
    and who ever visits Lahore, does not forget it..
    there are many examples in the form of blogs of international community..
    after they visited Lahore, they comment on it in their blogs..
    so..
    Lahore has some respect to offer to the people and for media, its the common name that the world knows..
    means Lahore is truly representative city for PAkistan..


  6. OMAR (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    LAHORE IS PAKISTAN’S MOST OPEN MINDED AND TOLERANT CITY!!! I JUST MOVED HERE FROM KARACHI AND THERE IS A DIFFERENCE OF NIGHT AND DAY BETWEEN LAHORE AND KARACHI.KARACHI HAS BECOME EXTREMELY TALIBANIZED AND INTOLERANT OF ANY ONE WHO IS NOT A WAHABI SECT FOLLOWER.THEY STARE AT YOU IF YOU DO NOT DON A BEARD OR A BURQA,OR IF YOU ARE WEARING SHORTS IN TEMPS OF 45C DEGREES AS IF A CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITED.THERE IS NO CULTURE IN KARACHI TO SPEAK OF.THAT IS WHY BOLLYWOOD IS MORE ATTRACTED TO THE LIFE AND FUN LOVING LAHORI’S.LOHR LOHR EH!!!!


  7. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

    O twadi khair ho!


  8. iceCube (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 1:54 am

    I don’t know why does this page look like more of an advert.


  9. iceCube (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    I don’t know why this page looks like more of an advert then a blog.


  10. Faraz (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    no. if it was an advert it would have said, “ajj hi waikho….” on top !


  11. iceCube (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 2:06 am

    I don’t know why this page looks like more of an advert than a blog.

    —-
    sorry for posting this three times. the typo felt really icky. perhaps someone can edit out the earlier posts?


  12. iceCube (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    LOL. Faraz, I think short of saying ‘ajj hi waikho’,,, it says everything.


  13. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 2:28 am

    tay fer waikh he lo


  14. iceCube (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 3:58 am

    Errr… I don’t go well with indian movies.


  15. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 5:18 am

    I’ve just watched the first 15 mins of JBJ; In the movie, Abhishek is involved in importing pirated Indian movies from Pakistan and marketing them in the UK! :S


  16. Faraz (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 5:29 am

    isnt it illegal?


  17. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 5:37 am

    yeah, he plays a role that is also involved in smuggling antiques…


  18. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    i heard the title song has got four versions, whats the science behind this much effort :)?


  19. Faraz (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    its called rocket science


  20. cubano (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

    Why do they only feature women from Pakistan? The hero always seems to be Indian. And why does Preity Zinta always plays a Pakistani girl?


  21. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

    Again rocket science :|


  22. Faraz (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

    :)



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