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Hollywood To Bollywood – Recreate Your Fave Movie Moments Through Films Shot In Paris


Hollywood To Bollywood – Recreate Your Fave Movie Moments Through Films Shot In Paris
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The “City of Lights” and the “City of Love”, Paris is world famous for its enigmatic beauty and rich history. Immortalised in countless films, Paris has served as a romantic and inspiring backdrop for many stories. Experience the breathtaking charms of France’s capital through the movies shot in Paris, taking you on a cinematic journey on your next Parisian rendezvous.

But before you start planning your movie-inspired journey, discover the perfect Paris itinerary and include this list of the best free things to do in Paris to stretch your budget!

From Ae Dil Hai Mushkil to Murder Mystery 2: Iconic movies shot in Paris

The Da Vinci Code

The adaptation of Dan Brown’s famous mystery novel has the audience hooked on finding the Holy Grail while taking us on a cinematic journey through Paris. The movie was shot around the Louvre, Ritz Paris, and several Parisian streets like Rue Saint-Georges; you can visit all these iconic places.

Travel tips:

  • The Louvre Museum can be reached by Paris Metro’s Palais-Royal Station on Line 1, Musée du Louvre Station on Line 2 and Pyramides Station on Line 14.
  • The closest station to Ritz Paris is the Pyramides Station.
  • The Louvre is open from 9 am to 6 pm and closed on Tuesdays. Tickets start at EUR 22 (approximately INR 1,999).

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

The star-studded cast and riveting story were not the only highlights of Karan Johar’s Bollywood hit. The “City of Lights” also played a role in the plot as one of the shooting locations. Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor even shot a song along the river Seine’s banks and the Champ de Mars, facing the majestic Eiffel Tower.

Travel tips:

  • Use the Paris Metro line 8 and get off at École Militaire or Trocadéro along Line 9 to reach Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower, and the Pont d’Iéna bridge.
  • Entry to Champ de Mars and Pont d’Iéna bridge is free, but for climbing the Eiffel Tower, tickets start from EUR 14 (approximately INR 1,090); it’s open from 9:30 am to 10:45 pm.

Murder Mystery 2

The sequel of Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston’s Netflix film portrays the lead couple’s hunt for their friend’s killer in Paris. From Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Opera Garnier to the Passerelle Léopold Sédar Senghor, all iconic Paris spots are featured in Murder Mystery 2.

Travel tips:

  • The Arc de Triomphe is free to visit, but climbing it requires a ticket, starting at EUR 14 (approximately INR 1,090). It is open from 10 am to 11 pm, and the Charles de Gaulle—Étoile Station on Line 1 is the nearest.
  • Palais Garnier, or Opera Garnier, is a few minutes from the Opera Station on Lines 3, 7 and 8. Tickets start from EUR 15 (approximately INR 1,363). Catch a show to get the entire Opera experience.
  • Passerelle Léopold Sédar Senghor bridge has Assemblée Nationale Station on Line 12 as the closest.

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris features the most romantic city in the world prominently, almost providing a handy guide. Woody Allen’s movie, starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, takes you on a journey through Paris’ past and present, including Hotel Le Bristol, Notre Dame Cathedral, Musée Rodin, Musée de l’Orangerie, Pont Alexander III, Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, and Marché aux puces de Paris Saint-Ouen.

Travel tips:

  • Musée Rodin is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6:30 pm, and tickets cost EUR 15 (approximately INR 1,363). It can accessed by Varenne Station on Line 13 or Invalides station on Line 13 and 8.
  • Musée de l’Orangerie is open from 9 am to 6 pm Wednesday to Monday, and tickets start from EUR 12.50. It can be accessed from Concorde Station on Lines 1, 8 and 12.
  • Hotel Le Bristol is about ten minutes from Franklin D. Roosevelt Station on Lines 1 and 9.
  • While Notre Dame Cathedral is temporarily closed, it can viewed from the outside and reached by Charles de Gaulle – Étoile Station on Lines 1, 2, and 6.
  • Pont Alexandre III bridge along the Seine River is always open, and Invalides Station on Lines 8 and 13 is the closest station.
  • Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mon has free entry open throughout the week from 8 am to 7:30/8 pm.
  • Marché aux puces de Paris Saint-Ouen, the popular flea market, is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10 am to 6 pm.


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Before Sunset

One of the most romantic Hollywood movie series is the Before trilogy—Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. The second movie was entirely filmed in Paris, telling the story of a day spent by lost lovers, played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Depley, in the city of romance. The movie showcases spots like Shakespeare and Company bookstore, Seine River, Promenade Plantee, and Le Pure Café.

Travel tips:

  • Shakespeare and Company bookstore is open from 10 am to 8 pm and is close to the Saint-Michel Station on Line 4 and Cluny La Sorbonne on Line 10.
  • Promenade Plantee, or Coulée Verte René-Dumont, is open Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 9:30 pm; it can be accessed from Ledru-Rollin Station on Line 8.
  • Le Pure Café is open from 8 am to 12 am, and the nearest metro is Charonne Station on Line 9.

Befikre

Aditya Chopra’s romantic comedy was the first Bollywood movie to be shot entirely in France. It was extensively filmed in Paris. Even though the exact shooting location was never officially released, several iconic Parisian destinations, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Pont des Arts bridge, Montmartre, and Trocadero, are easy to spot throughout the film.

  • Pont des Arts Bridge, or the former Love Lock Bridge, is near the Pont Neuf Station on Line 7.
  • Montmartre neighbourhood, where the Sacré-Cœur rests, is accessed by Abbesses Station on Lein 12 and Anvers Station and Blanch Station on Line 2.
  • Trocadéro has a station with the same name on Line 9.

Taken

As much as cinephiles love watching Paris in romantic movies, it is a thrill to witness the city portrayed in action films. Taken has Liam Neeson scouring France’s capital on a hunt to find his kidnapped daughter,
and the movie showcases several iconic Parisian streets like the Champs Elysées and Square du Vert-Galant.

Travel tips:

  • Champs Elysées, Paris’ shopping street, can be accessed from several metro stations along Line 1 like the George V, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Concorde.
  • Square du Vert-Galant has Pont Neuf Station on Line 7, the closest access to the Paris metro.


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John Wick 4

Keanu Reeves returned to the eponymous role to avenge his wrongdoers, travelling globally, especially to Paris. Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Cœur, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Palais Garnier, Palace Of Versailles, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Porte des Lilas Station, Rue Foyatier Street, Saint-Eustache and Trocadéro Square all featured in the John Wick 4.

Travel tips:

  • Palace Of Versailles tickets start from EUR 21 (approximately INR 1,908), and the Versailles Château Rive Gauche Station is 10 minutes away.
  • Sacré-Cœur is open from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm throughout the week, and entry is free. Anvers Station along with Pigalle Station on Line 2, and Jules-Joffrin Station and Abbesses Station on Line 12, offer access to the tourist attraction.
  • Fondation Louis Vuitton is open from Wednesday to Monday from 11 am to 8 pm; tickets start from EUR 16 (approximately INR 1,454). Porte Dauphine Station on Line 2 is the closest.
  • Porte des Lilas Station is on Line 11.
  • Rue Foyatier Street is part of the Montmartre neighbourhood.
  • Saint-Eustache Church is open from 10 am to 7 pm, and entry is free. The nearest is Les Halles Station on Line 4.

An Evening In Paris

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This 1967 Bollywood film starring the legendary Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore gave Indian audiences one of the first glimpses of Paris on the big screen. While the movie was shot across several global cities, the highlight was Parisian spots like the Pont Alexandre III, the Seine River and several iconic gardens. The exact locations were never disclosed officially, but travellers familiar with Paris can spot several locations filmed throughout the movie and its songs.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The action-packed movie series starring Tom Cruise was significantly shot in Paris, with the actor performing stunts and high-speed chases across the city. Some prominent Paris locations shot in the movie include the Arc de Triomphe, Hôtel de Soubise, Place du Trocadéro, Grand Palais, Jardin du Palais-Royal, and the underground stretch of Canal Saint-Martin.

  • Hôtel de Soubise houses the National Archives Museum and is open Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at EUR 5 (approximately INR 454). Rambuteau Station on Line 11 is the closest.
  • Place du Trocadéro is accessible from Trocadéro Station on Lines 6 and 9.
  • The Grand Palais is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. The ticket prices vary according to the exhibitions currently on display. Franklin D. Roosevelt on Lines 1 and 9 and Champs-Élysées–Clemenceau Station on Lines 1 and 13 offer easy access.
  • Jardin du Palais-Royal is open from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm. Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre on Lines 1 and 7 is the closest station.
  • A boating ride along the Canal Saint-Martin starts from EUR 23 (approximately INR 2,090). Goncourt Station on Line 11 is the nearest.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

– Which iconic Paris landmarks are frequently filmed in movies?
Iconic landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Seine River, the Louvre and Sacré-Cœur are frequently featured in movies shot in Paris.

– What are the popular filming locations for Bollywood movies apart from Paris?
Switzerland is a popular filming location for Bollywood movies, apart from Paris! Several films by Yash Chopra and Karan Johar have used the Swiss nation as a set to tell their cinematic stories.

– Which Bollywood movie was filmed in Paris?
Befikre, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and An Evening In Paris are a few of the many Bollywood movies filmed in Paris.

– Did John Wick film in Paris?
Yes, the fourth John Wick movie was filmed in Paris.

– Which Mission: Impossible is set in Paris?
Mission: Impossible – Fallout was partly filmed in Paris.




Written By

Priyaja Bakshi

Priyaja Bakshi

Digital Writer – Growth, Travel

Priyaja took her love for reading to the next level by majoring in English and minoring in Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College For Women (DU). She is extremely curious about the world and wishes to visit all the countries once in her life. She identifies as a foodie and loves to spend her free time exploring different cuisine and curating new dishes. As a former Food Writer at NDTV, she can help you find the best places to eat in Delhi!





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