When Bollywood films went to foreign shores
There was a time when the exotic snow-capped locales of the picturesque Switzerland provided backdrop for romantic song sequences in Hindi films.
Now, we have entire films set in foreign lands and what's more, have them feature in the title too!
Aditi Rao Hydar and Ali Zafar-starrer London Paris New York, that released today, is set in three beautiful cities and has them in the movie title too.
Actress Preity Zinta's comeback film Ishk In Paris is also an ode to a city known to be the most romantic place in the world.
Here's looking at Hindi films that have foreign places in their titles.
Image: Movie poster of London Paris New York
Kabir Khan's 2009 thriller New York had Katrina Kaif, John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles as college friends residing in the city.
Unexpected turn of events brings the three friends together again and the film ends on a tragic note.
Image: Katrina Kaif and John Abraham in New York
In Vipul Shah's hit 2007 film Namaste London, Akshay Kumar plays a blue-blooded Punjabi lover boy who wins over his wife (Katrina Kaif), an Indian girl born and brought up in London with a very western outlook.
She's tricked into marrying Kumar by her father who's afraid she'd elope with her English boyfriend.
Image: Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar
Yet another Vipul Shah film, London Dreams was a film about two friends (played by Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn) who come from musical families and aspire to make it big in London as rock musicians.
Ajay Devgn forms a band and calls upon her childhood friend Khan to join him and his bandmates.
Image: Asin and Salman Khan in London Dreams
Kabir Khan's 2006 film Kabul Express follows the trials of two Indian journalists (played by John Abraham and Arshad Warsi) when they are sent to Afghanistan to report about how the war has affected the country and its people.
The duo starts their journey from Kabul, befriend a pretty American journalist on the way and escape the Taliban.
Image: John Abraham and Arshad Warsi in Kabul Express
Love At Times Square
One of Dev Anand's many trips to New York resulted in him falling in love with the liveliness that surrounds the famous Times Square around New Year's eve.
Inspired by the bonhomie on display and feeling a little lonely himself since he was alone on that trip, the late legend made a film capturing the magic on camera.
The film failed to work at the box office though.
Image: Movie poster of Love At Times Square
Chandni Chowk To China
Akshay Kumar plays a bumbling vegetable-cutter in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, who is spotted by a group of Chinese men who believe that he's the reincarnation of their late war hero.
So he follows them to China, believeing it'll change his luck for the better.
Image: Akshay Kumar and Ranvir Shorey in Chandni Chowk To China
Apoorva Lakhia's 2008 action film starring Viveik Oberoi, Zayed Khan, Suneil Shetty and Shabbir Ahluwalia received generally negative reviews.
The film has the actors travelling to Istanbul to fight terrorist Al Jahora.
Image: Viveik Oberoi, Zayed Khan, Suneil Shetty and Shabbir Ahluwalia
Balle Balle Amritsar To LA
Gurinder Chaddha's followed up her hugely successful soccer film Bend It Like Beckham with an Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice.
Aishwarya played Lalita (Elizabeth in the novel) and New Zealand actor Martin Williams was Fitzwillaim Darcy. The film, titled Bride And Predjudice was dubbed in Hindi with a new name, Balle Balle Amritsar To LA.
Image: Martin Henderson and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan