Bollywood’s great love affair with the West is well-known with a number of filmmakers choosing foreign locales to shoot their films. But did you know? Hollywood is equally obsessed with India and they’ve had a number of blockbuster hits that display the rich cultural heritage of the country. So we bring to you a list of some of the best Hollywood movies that were shot in India.

Lion

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The Bourne Supremacy

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Matt Damon plays Jason Bourne who returns to his old ways as an assassin after he is wrongly framed in a CIA operation. And for all those who haven’t seen the film, the filmmakers chose Goa as the setting for the action-packed thriller which captured the beauty of the state’s pristine beaches.


Holy Smoke

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Starring Kate Winslet and Harvey Keital, this fantastic film directed by Jane Campion was about how Ruth (Kate Winslet) falls under the influence of a religious guru and her parents hire a deprogrammer (Keital) to break her out of the cult leader’s grip.


The Darjeeling Limited

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This absolutely marvelous comedy-drama starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Schwartzman is about three brothers who set out on a train journey across India in an attempt to rediscover their lost bond. And the best part is that director Wes Anderson once stated how his inspiration was Satyajit Ray and a few documentaries that led him to make the film.


Eat Pray Love

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This romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts was shot in parts of Delhi and Pataudi and the story revolves around the main protagonist whose perfect world comes to a standstill after she gets divorced. She then embarks on a spiritual journey across the world in an attempt to rediscover herself and lands up in an Indian ashram.