Over the years of watching Telugu movies, a big complaint has been when there are so many beautiful locations in India, why do makers and film crews go to somewhere else? This article from Deccan Chronicle explains it.
Quoting director Sukumar “We prefer to shoot a few songs in foreign locales as it offers the audience a visual treat. Also, in most places abroad, you can shoot the song in peace as there aren’t many people around, whereas in India, you can’t shoot a song in an outdoor location because too many people come to see the shoot and cause a lot of disturbance".
Telugu movies are notorious for filming songs overseas and travel all over the world to film songs and in various countries providing a visual feast as Sukumar said. In this article we will take a world tour and show you all the places Telugu movies have explored their extravagant and glitzy songs in.
Puvvulo Dagunna (2001) from Jeans - This song literally takes you on a world tour filmed at the 7 Wonders of the Modern World in Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, the Empire State Building, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Egyptian pyramids, and the Eiffel Tower.
Bagunde from Chintakayala Ravi (2008) - First Telugu movie to be filmed in New York City, NY
Kundanapu Bomma from Ye Maya Chesave (2010) - New Jersey, USA
Guvva Gorinthako Remix from Subramanyam for Sale (2015) - Filmed at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Andam Hindolam Remix from Supreme (2016)- Filmed at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India where Priyanka and Nick Jonas were married.
Telusaa Telusa from Sarrainodu (2016) - Salar De Unuyi, Bolivia. First Telugu movie to be shot in Bolivia
Padi Padi Leche Manasu Title Song from PPLM (2018) - Spiti Valley, North India
Neelo Valupu from Robo (2010) - Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
Kilimanjaro from Robo (2010) - Machu Picchu, Chile. Name of the song is the mountain in Africa yet it's filmed at Machu Picchu. One of the biggest mysteries in Indian cinema.
Aaja Saroja from Aagadu (2014) - Switzerland, Europe
Adhgora Choodu from Mirapakay (2011) - Delhi and Agra, India
Rock on Bro from Janatha Garage (2016) - Kerala, India
Guruvaram from Dookudu (2011) - Istanbul, Turkey. First Telugu movie to be shot in Istanbul
Samajavaragamana from Ala Vakinthupurramlo (2020): Paris and Mont Sant Michel in France
Chulbuli Chulbuli from Dookudu (2011) - Rann of Kutch, Gujurat
Next Enti from Nenu Local (2017) - Hyderabad, Telangana
Yaa Yaa from A Aa (2016) - Pollachi, Tamil Nadu
Poolane Kunakeyamanta - China. This visually stunning song from Shankar's Ai was filmed by PC Sreeram and is literally filmed at a green lake, Red Sea, and beautiful flower fields. A visual feast for all.
You and Me from Khaidi No. 150 (2017) - Slovenia and Croatia
Ciciliya Ciciliya from Spyder (2017) - Romania
Subhalekha Rasukunna Remix from Naayak (2013) - Iceland
Soundarya from Namo Venkatesa (2010) - Iceland. First Telugu movie to be shot in Iceland
Bommani Geesthe from Bommarillu (2006) - Salzkammergut, Austria
Pranaamam from Janatha Garade (2016) - Mumbai, India
Salaam Rocky Bhai from KGF (2018) - Mumbai, India
Ria from Bruce Lee (2015) - Spain
Omkareshwari from Badrinath (2011) - Kulu Manali, India
Sairo Sairo from Baadshah (2013) - Italy
Love U Raa from Chirutha (2007) - Thailand Islands, Thailand
Kajalu Chelliva from Balupu (2013) - Portugal. First Telugu movie to be shot in Portugal
I Love you Too from Shivam (2015) - Norway. First Telugu movie to be shot in Norway
Andamaina Lokam from Shivam (2015) - Norway
Gunde Aagipothande from Shivam (2015) - Sweden. First Telugu movie to be shot in Sweden I think?
Kanulake Teliyani from Mister (2017) - Chikamagalur, Karnataka
Bhel Poori from Aagadu (2014) - Pangong Lake, Ladakh, India
Koppamga Koppamga from Mr. Majnu (2019) - London, England
I'm a Lover Also Fighter Also from Naa Peru Surya (2018) - Los Angeles, California
Hosanna from Bodyguard (2012) - Canada
Yamaha Nagiri from Choodalani Vundi (1998) - Kolkata, India
Oh Sitara from Winner (2017) - Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
O Sukumari from Aparichitudu (2005) - Vijfhuizen, Netherlands
Naaku Neeku Nokia from Aparichitudu (2005) - Kaula Lampur, Malaysia
Baleillakka from Sivaji (2007) - Wai, India
Tu Mera Jil Jil from Krishna (2008) - Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh
Prema Swaramulalo from 24 (2016) - Morskie Oko-Zakopane, Poland
Nene Needai Needane from Veedokkade (2008) - Namib-Naukluft National Park, Dune 7 and Dead Vlei in Namibia
Sydney Nagaram from Orange (2010) - Sydney, Australia. First Telugu movie to be entirely shot in Australia
Gana Gana Gana from Yogi (2007) - Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, Egypt
What's up Antu from Alludu Seenu (2014) - Japan, Asia
Zingadi Naa Milegi Dobara from Goutham Nanda (2017) - Dubai, UAE
Unnattundi Gundey from Ninnu Kori (2017) - Vizag, India
Yedhane Koyyake from Surya S/O Krishnan (2008) - Berkley, California and UC Berkley
Okkadu Ante Okkade Handsome from Ragada (2010) - Petra, Jordan
Hey Pillagada from Fidaa (2017) - Banswada, Telangana, India
Nemmadiga Nemmadiga from Bhai (2013) - Slovakia. First Telugu movie to be shot in Slovakia.
Nemmali Kulkuli from Rangam (2011): Filmed at Preikestolen, Norway. The climax of Mission Impossible Fallout where Tom Cruise fights Henry Cavill was also filmed here.