Munnar

Munnar in frames of Kerala on celluloid

Compiled by travel.manoramaonline.com

The misty mystical Munnar looks ethereal on camera. And that, basically is why movie makers head out to the 'Tea Pot of Kerala'. The road snaking around the lush green plantations, bungalows dating back to the British raj days and the verdant hills have forever been a favourite with the movie makers. Director Rohit Shetty who helmed the superhit movie 'Chennai Express', starring SRK and Deepika, in one of the interviews said that it was the greens that lured him to shoot in Munnar. The sight of the road curving through the sprawling tea plantation, the colourful artforms of the region and the caparisoned elephants was the setting for his peppy number 'Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari'.

It will vaguely remind you of 'Dilhaara' from the movie 'Tashaan'. But there, the comparison ends. For 'Kashmir Main' is a fun feel good and highly hummable number. The music was by Vishal Shekhar and rendered by Sunidhi Chauhan,Arijit Singh and Neeti Mohan. A scene there, a song here, over the years, there were a lot of times when Bollywood had a touch and go brush with shooting schedules in Kerala. Ram Gopal Varma shot most of 'Nishabd' around the rolling hills of Munnar. Ram Gopal Varma had gone on record to say that he loved the greens here and that it set the mood for the movie.

The Sevenmallay Bungalow is situated just before you reach Munnar town. This is the house to which Ritu brings Jiah to meet her dad Vijay and mom Amrita in Nishabd. And it is in the sprawling lawns of this building that Amitabh, a photographer in this movie takes the pictures of Jiah playing with water. The bungalow also known as the Parvathi Bangalow is one of the many colonial houses that date back to the days of British era. Situated near the tea plantations, this bungalow is one of the popular filming location for Malayalam and Tamil movies. The other movies shot here include 'Endrendrum Punnagai' (Tamil), 'Abhiyum Njaanum' and '5 Sundarikal' (Malayalam) among others. And if you plan your trip in advance, you may be lucky to stay in this building which also doubles up as a hotel. Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' had a schedule in Munnar. Pi, goes on a journey of discovery very early in life.

There is a phase in life where the young Pi visits a church when he is curious about religions. The church is in Munnar. Santhosh Sivan's camera too has panned in on the change of seasons in Munnar for the movie 'Before the Rains'. Tamil movies 'Kumki', 'Maina' and 'Vanakkam Chennai' has also portrayed the lush greens around Munnar.

Reaching Munnar
Ernakulam, about 130 km, is the nearest railway station. Cochin International Airport, about 110 km, is the nearest airport.

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