London in Indian Films

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is one of the more well-known Indian films that advertise London.  My DVD collection had a few films that show the colonial connection between Britain and India. 

There was Mujhse Dosti Karoge from Yas Raj Films directed by Kunal Kohli.  It traces the lives of two girls and one boy.  Raj and his parents leave a place in India called Shimla and go to the United Kingdom because his father wants to exploit the budding DOT.COM phenomenon.  Raj leaves behind two friends who are cousins Pooja and Tina.  

The director uses e-mails to show us how the three friends grow up and how Raj thinks he is writing to the beautiful Tina, when in fact it is Pooja who writes about everything that reminds him of India. 
It is after 15 years now and Raj (Hrithik Rohan) is grown up.  He tells Tina (Kareena Kapoor) that he is coming to India with his family for a visit.
Pooja (Rani Mukherjee) freaks out and tells her cousin Tina that she must pretend she wrote those e-mails.  Raj is confused during his stay in India because Tina doesn’t remember all the things they talked about in the e-mails. 
He recognises Pooja’s room and the book Love Story Raj and Tina used to discuss in e-mails.  The film Mujhse Dosti Karoge is a walking advertisement for historical London.

London also gets a free advertisement in Namastey London, directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, a director who has made many films with Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. 

She is Jazz in this film, a young woman born and raised in London, complete with suitors from the British upper class that have access to the Buckingham Palace.

The millions of filmgoers of Indian descent in the United Kingdom will ensure that producers continue to shoot in London.


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