Sunday, August 15, 2010

Is Aamir Khan Bad Luck For Exotic Indian Locations?

Exotic Indian Location 1 - Bhuj, Gujarat
In 2000, between January and June, Aamir Khan Productions filmed its first venture 'Lagaan'. The primary location was Bhuj in Gujarat, Western India. The film released on June 15, 2001.

On Jan 26, 2001, nearly 6 months before the film released, a massive earthquake, measuring between 7.6 and 8.1 on the Richter Scale, shook Bhuj to its foundations. The quake killed around 20,000 people, injured another 167,000 and destroyed nearly 400,000 homes.

Exotic Indian Location 2 - Leh, Jammu & Kashmir
In 2008, between July and December, Aamir Khan's film '3 Idiots' was filmed. Among various locations around the country, one of them, where the climax was filmed, was a school - Druk Padma Karpo School - near Leh in Jammu & Kashmir, Northern India. The film released on Dec 25, 2009.

On Aug 6, 2010, barely over 7 months after the release of the film, flash floods - a result of a cloudburst - swept the region. At least 165 people died, another 200 were still missing, many buildings were destroyed - including large parts of the school - and thousands were rendered homeless.

Exotic Indian Location 3 - Bhadwai, Madhya Pradesh?
In 2009, Aamir Khan Productions filmed what would become its fourth commercial venture to release - Peepli [Live]. The primary filming location was a village called Bhadwai, about 70 km from the capital Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh, Central India. The film released on Aug 13, 2010.

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