India’s exotic landscape is a character in itself, so it comes as no surprise that despite the hardships, many filmmakers choose to shoot on the subcontinent. Where Lion takes us onto the streets of Calcutta, these five films further explore the majesty of Mother India…   

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)


The Danny Boyle film that shot Dev Patel to international fame pens him in India’s slums until his character, Jamal, becomes an unlikely contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Location: Mumbai

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The Waiting City (2009)


Another Australian director (Claire McCarthy) takes to the streets of India to tell the tale of a couple who have travelled to Kolkata to adopt a young girl, but find marital turmoil instead. Locations: Kolkata and Barrackpore

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Gandhi (1982)


Sir Ben Kingsley portrays Mahatma Gandhi’s life in this Oscar-winning biopic, from his humble beginnings to leader of the Indian independence movement.
Locations: New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and more (Pune, Patna)

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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)


Who better to bring out the vibrancy of India than the master of colour himself, Wes Anderson? He chronicles the train journey of three clinically depressed brothers attempting to rekindle lost bonds in India. Location: Rajasthan

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)


Putting the cherry on top, here’s another Dev Patel hit. This time he portrays a hotel manager to seven British retirees (including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith) who jetted off to his hotel in India only to find that it’s not quite as lavish as they expected. Location: Rajasthan

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Further explore India’s stunning landscape in Lion, out now on DVD and Blu-ray.