You must have seen numerous exotic locations of various places all over the world in films and television programmes. But have you wondered about the dangerous shooting locations, which our directors and their cast put up at? If not, then take a look:
Petronas Twin Towers :
The tallest twin towers ever built, after the World Trade Center, are located in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The approximately 1500 feet high Petronas Twin Towers are connected by sky bridges on the 41st and 42nd floors. These bridges are around 558 feet above the ground, which is a bit too much for people suffering from acrophobia! Several scenes from Farhan Akhtar’s film Don: The Chase Begins Again were shot in the towers and the sky bridge.
Rohtang Pass :
Even the beautiful snow-covered mountains in the backdrop cannot save this place from featuring in our list of top 10 dangerous shooting locations. ‘Rohtang’ means ‘ground of corpses’ and is located at an altitude of more than 13, 000 feet on the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. Bad weather, unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards cause the deaths of many people, which is why this is a dangerous pass to cross. However, a beautiful song sequence from the film ‘Jab We Met’ was shot in Rohtang Pass.
The second largest city of Afghanistan has been home to many terrorist groups like Quetta Shura, Al-Qaida and Taliban. Isn’t that reason enough to scare you at your wits end? A place where there are explosions every now and then, and people don’t know which moment can be their last, deserves a spot in this list of top 10 dangerous shooting locations. Wondering who risked their lives to shoot at this place? The team of Kabir Khan’s Kabul Express, in which John Abraham and Arshad Warsi played the lead.
Sphinx Observatory :
An astronomical observatory located on the top of the mountain Jungfraujoch in Switzerland, it is housed at an altitude of 11,716 feet approximately. An elevator ascends from the Jungfraujoch train station to the mountain top, which is how people reach the Sphinx observatory. This place was used as the hidden workplace of Amrish Puri’s character in the 2003 film ‘The Hero: Love Story of a Spy’. In an already freezing cold place like Switzerland, shooting at an altitude of this level is definitely dangerous, but kudos to the film’s cast and crew for doing this!
Kangaroo Island :
This is Australia’s third largest island, and despite being a popular tourist destination, it has a dangerous history. The island was prone to lightning strikes, because of which one-fifth of the land got burnt. Till date, several ships have been wrecked along the coastline of the island and many people have lost their lives due to this. The south coast of the island is said to have dangerous undertows, which can be explored only by highly trained swimmers only. Its ill-fate showed in the film ‘Love Story 2050’ also, as one of its songs was shot here, and as we all know, the film was a total dud!
A part of the Great Wall of China, Jinshanling is located in the mountainous regions of the Luanping County. It is 10.5 kilometers long and has 5 passes and 67 towers! Some part of the wall is in a deteriorated stage while the other part has been restored. A cable car is used to fetch visitors to the highest point along the great wall. Take a look around and you will always feel the danger of falling to your death! Director Nikhil Advani’s box-office disaster ‘Chandni Chowk to China’ had some scenes shot here.
Death Valley :
The name itself explains why it features on our list of the top 10 most dangerous shooting locations. Death Valley is a desert valley located in the Mojave Desert in North America. It is one of the hottest places on Earth, with a record second-highest temperature of 56.7 degree Celsius, in the Western Hemisphere. At its worst, one can only see vast stretches of sand dunes, with hardly any sign of habitation. A part of the popular TV show MTV Roadies Season 9 was shot in the Death Valley and its adjoining areas.
Chambal Ravines :
What can get more dangerous and risky as being surrounded by goons and dacoits who are always on the lookout to loot people? A tributary of the Yamuna River, the Chambal River boasts of some of the most extraordinary flora and fauna, but is infamous because of the Chambal ravines, which have been home to some of the most infamous dacoits like Man Singh, Daku Madho Singh, Paan Singh Tomar and Phoolan Devi. As is evident, some parts of the recent Bollywood film ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ were shot in the Chambal Valley.
Miami, Florida :
You must be taken aback at this name featuring in our list of the top 10 dangerous shooting locations but the fact is that Florida is a risky place to be in. It boasts of some of the most beautiful and picturesque locales for shooting, but the natural disasters that hit it are life-taking! With the hurricanes and storms causing much destruction and killing numerous people till date, you never know when you will breathe your last! Imagine having a fun time shooting at Florida, and suddenly a hurricane takes away everything in the blink of an eye! But thankfully, the cast and crew of Karan Johar’s Dostana did not face many problems while shooting at this place.
The scenic beauty of the innumerable lakes, valleys, gardens, waterfalls and saffron fields is what defines Kashmir, yet it finds a way into this list. We need not even tell you why! The constant fear of being attacked by terrorists from the infamous countries of the world (and we hope you are smart enough to understand which ones!) hardly lets you romance the epitome of natural beauty, let alone film shooting! Who knows, you might become a victim of bomb blast just 10 meters away from your shooting location? Nevertheless, some of the most enchanting films like Bobby, Silsila, Mission Kashmir and many more have been shot in the state of Jammu & Kashmir (And Pray! People have returned safely, thankfully!)