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Bollywood Films Shot in Mauritius – The never-ending romance

Bollywood is everywhere! On TV, on radio, on posters when you walk across your streets, in gyms, in parlours and spas, at times even a part in our weddings. Here’s some interesting info on Bollywood films shot in Mauritius.

“Kuch kuch hota hai Rahul…tum nahi samjoghe….” We all quickly connected with this feeling of being madly in love, right? 

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is one of the glossiest Rom-Com of the ’90s. However stupid it may sound, this movie is still one of the guilty pleasures for most of us and especially the SRK fans of the highest order. There’s no doubt that the Karan Johar’s film is completely unrealistic and fancy, however, it is, his debut was truly one of his finest works. 


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Did you ever want to visit the St. Xavier’s College where Rahul and Anjali fought, reunited, and built friendship? Or visit the white sandy beaches they laughed and danced together? All you have to do is simply pack your bag and fly to Mauritius – popularly knowns as ‘Mini India’. Mauritius is hardly six hours from Mumbai and it is also not harsh on your pocket. Keep reading the article to know more about the Bollywood films shot in Mauritius.

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(Check out this song and look out for the building right behind them )

Sparking like a gem in the turquoise waters of the Southern Indian Ocean. Mauritius is known for its breathtaking beaches and exhilarating mountains. As a traveller you would have travelled to a lot of countries, however, Mauritius is unique and has its own speciality. The awe-striking landscapes will leave you spellbound and will indeed make you realise why Mauritius is head and shoulders above any other tropical island. The beauty is so unique and enticing that it will compel you to visit the enthralling beaches of Mauritius over and over again. Now you know why Karan Johar picked this up.

Aerial view of Mauritius, home to many Bollywood shootings
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Mauritius as home to Bollywood Stalwarts!


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Not just Karan, there are many other directors and actors who were allured by the beauty of Mauritius. Bollywood’s first Superstar Rajesh Khanna was not an exception. Captivated by the beauty of the residence of the then Prime Minister of Mauritius, he made changes to his very own bungalow – once he got back from the shooting of ‘Souten’ (Blockbuster in the 1980s).

The first film to be shot in Mauritius is Chandi Sona (1977). The other Bollywood films shot in Mauritius are, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Duplicate (1998), Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000), Josh (2000), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2002), Kya Yehi Pyar Hai (2002), No Entry (2005), Kidnap (2008), Sorry Bhai (2008), Break Ke Baad (2010), F.A.L.T.U.(2011), Go Goa Gone (2013), Chasme Baddoor (2013), Phir Se (2015) followed.


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Why Mauritius?

Mauritius has a huge Indian population and Indian actors are very popular in Mauritius – no wonder why Bollywood is loved by people in Mauritius.

The love for Mauritius in the hearts of our directors is immense. Mauritius resembles Indian streets and markets, meaning both of them when screened matches perfectly. Though filming is cheaper in India, the main reason why our directors prefer Mauritius over India is because of the climate.

Mauritius is a tropic island. It has its summer between November and May. The summers heat can go to a maximum of 33-celsius only. In winter this climate drops down to 19-Celcius. One can get a pleasant experience in Mauritius in monsoon months as well. 

Apart from this, getting the support of the Mauritius Film Development Corporation for direction and receiving about  30% rebate for any feature or documentaries is also another reason for Mauritius topping the shoot locations.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out our Mauritius couple packages and get ready to visit the paradise where most of our beloved stars have lived in our favourite movies. Who knows, you might get lucky to see your favourite star there. Do check out for more details on places to visit in Mauritius.


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