Frida Giannini once said, “Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.” And that’s where we live, Udaipur, Venice of the East! It sometimes really does feel like being in an unrealistic world when you’re in the City of Lakes. For a good reason, Udaipur becomes a choice for so many filmmakers or ‘fictional storytellers’ over and over again.
Hollywood, as well as Indian film producers, adore Udaipur, so many movies have been shot here.
Despite this, the city has also been an ideal location for OTT platforms and T.V. channels lately. So many series, daily soaps and T.V. shows have been shot here too. To know about them you might have to use your fingers to scroll a bit.
1. Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
The longest running show in the television industry’s history had its whole storyline originating from this very city, Udaipur. From introduction shots to Gangaur Pooja scenes have been shot near Pichola Lake of Udaipur. Even according to the storyline of the show, families of the main characters ‘Akshara and Naitik’ , used to reside in Udaipur itself.
Although it’s been so many years and after various plot twists, the show has come up with new characters. Hence, shooting has been done here recently. And the cast & crew loved to shoot here.
Diya Aur Baati Hum
This show had our very own Rajasthani actress, Neelu Vaghela casted as “Bhabho” in it. Although Diya Aur Baati hum was portrayed in Pushkar. But when the show came to an end, makers chose Udaipur as the ideal location.
Most important and final scenes of the show when main characters ‘Sooraj and Sandhya’ died have been shot near Jaisamand Lake and Jagdish Chowk.
People of the city were overwhelmed to see the shooting as daily soaps usually have different impacts on emotions.
Four More Shots Season-2
The show received a lot of admiration and appreciation in the first season for its women-centric unconventional theme and was a visual treat to all. Although in Season-2, Udaipur brought Four More Shots Please! closer to its home and also gave the show the component of its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces.
The show which brought one of the most controversial topic upfront, “Child Marriage” of Rajasthan itself. Balika vadhu gained a lot of TRP when it was started with the story of a typical Rajasthani Family. Although mostly shooting was done in different parts of Rajasthan. Udaipur also came into the range for some scenes to be shot. The show also had audience-awed Siddharth Shukla in lead.
The Jewel in the Crown
The Jewel in the Crown is a 1984 British television serial about the final days of the British Raj in India during and after World War II, based upon a novel. The scenes of the Nawab of Mirat’s palace were filmed at Lake Palace in Udaipur. Besides all the Mirat scenes, Udaipur was also the location for Mayapore and some Pankot scenes.
The set of this Netflix (an OTT platform) movie was in Khempur, a village about 50 kms away from Rajasthan’s Udaipur. The same way that skateboarding changes the life of a girl in the movie, and the park is changing the lives of many other children in the village.
The shooting of the movie wrapped in 2019 and since then, Desert Dolphin Skate Park has been the ground for training hundreds of village children to skate for free.
Overall, it is abundantly clear that Udaipur overcame favoritism and will continue to do so. Online platforms, the television industry, or the film industry don’t matter; the city lives rent-free in their hearts. And we always feel incredibly excited & happy to welcome the cast & crew!