One state - Multiple locations

No matter what genre of movie you are making, Uttarakhand's landscapes and history has a lot to offer. Here are some locations where film shoots can be held:

Film Tourism

From snow-covered trails to secluded villages and from bustling cities to majestic Himalayan peaks, Uttarakhand has a variety of locations where movies and television serials can be shot. Add to it hassle-free permission for shooting and financial benefits. These are reasons why Uttarakhand has been declared as being the most film-friendly state in the country. Substantial portions of many recent Bollywood releases, including 'Kabir Singh', 'Student Of The Year' and 'Batla House' have been filmed in Uttarakhand. The Forest Research Institute in Dehradun was the site for the shoot of the Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan starrer film 'Student of the Year'.

Not just the scenic locations of Uttarakhand, even the people of the state have been depicted by actors on the silver screen. For example, in the film 'Batti Gul' lead actors Shraddha Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor were inspired by local dialect and culture. The movie 'Kedarnath' directed by Abhishek Kapoor was also shot in the Uttarakhand, in which Sushant Singh Rajput played the role of a local porter and spoke the local dialect.

Recent movies filmed in Uttarakhand

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Batla House (2019)

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Student of the year-2 (2019)

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Batti Gul Meter Chalu (2018)

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Kabir Singh (2019)

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Kedarnath (2018)


Awards & Recognitions for film shoots in Uttarakhand

National Film Award-2017: Special Mention Certificate for Film Friendly Environment Under 'The Most Film Friendly State Award 2017'

National Film Award-2018: First Prize, Most Film-Friendly State, Under 'The Most Film Friendly State Award 2018'

Filming Incentives - Uttarakhand

Film Policy 2019


Dr. Nitin Upadhyay - Nodal UFDC

Nodal officer, Uttarakhand Film Development Council

Phone: +91-7055007009


Why shoot in Uttarakhand?

  • Single-window permission system for shoots
  • Quick approvals
  • Subsidies of upto INR 1.5 crore to shoot in the state
  • No fee to shoot in state
  • Scenic locations
  • Varied sites: temples, mountains, snow-covered paths, forests, meadows, rural backdrop 
  • Unexplored and unseen locations

Film Tourism Glimpses