From ‘Jeans’ to '
's latest film ‘
’, his movies have been famous for big star cast, exotic locations and splendidly ornate sets. Listed below are ten of such serene locales that Shankar has explored in his films.
1. Red Sea Beach, Panjin, China
The song Pookkalae Sattru Oyivedungal from the movie 'I', starring
and set against the Reed marsh in Panjin. The locale was a visual delight amongst others in China that the movie got shot.
2. Lexiaguo, China
Many scenes got set in there in the film 'I'. The mountains studded with flowers form a serene view, to say the least. Shankar scouted this location for its extravagant natural beauty.
3. Guilin, China
'I' made news for being set in several exotic locales of China. The story revolves around Lingeswar, played by Vikram, a body-builder who takes up modeling on the insistance of Diya, played by Amy Jackson. A part of the song Pookkalae Sattru Oyivendungal got shot in Guilin.
4. Machu Pichu, Peru
This location became the backdrop for a song in ‘
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
’, the only Indian film to be ever shot in the mountains of Peru. The song flaunted creative outfits, two high-end stars grooving to quirky tunes against the mesmerizing backdrop formed by the mountains of Peru.
5. Keukenhof Tulip Fields, Netherlands
What better than a confession of love complimented by colorful flowers all around. The tulip fields formed the perfect backdrop for Ramu and Nandini, played by Vikram and Sadha in Aparichitudu, in the song Kumari which went on to hit the top charts in 2005.
6. Bilbao, Valencia, Madrid, Spain
Although the cities didn't explicitly make news, they formed beautiful sets for the Rajinikanth and
starrer song, Style, from Shivaji.
7. Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
The Robot got shot in several locales. This one formed the desert backdrop for the song Neelo Valupu. The perfect dunes adorned with a wingly spaced water pools almost seemed fabricated. The jewels of the crown though were definitely Rajini and Aish dancing to the peppy number.
The country is known for its breathtaking architecture and layout. It perfectly complimented ‘
’ and ‘Ileana D Cruz’ in Shankar's ‘
9. Wonders of the World
The song Poovullo Daagunna from
, Aishwarya Rai starrer Jeans took audiences across the world by being shot near the seven wonders of the world, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Taj Mahal of India, Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Colosseum in Rome, Empire state building in
and Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Back in 1998, the song was an absolute feast for the eyes as it went across one breathtaking location to other.
Another of his location for a song in ‘Boys’, Aley Aley, was formed by Mersey Bluff Lighthouse, Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm and Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania.
combined the star cast for the song.