I call myself a roving minstrel as my love for travel, together with my work, often takes me to spectacular and relatively unfrequented locations across the world. Though most of my directorials have been shot in India, I have explored fabulous locations as a choreographer. They are always on my travel list.—Farah Khan
My friend Karan Johar and I scoured the countryside of Scotland for locations where we could shoot with actors Shahrukh Khan, Rani, and Kajol, for the title track of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The entire country is steeped in history. I loved the unending blue of the Loch Ness cruise. Still, the magnificence of the Edinburgh castle that stands like a fortress is unbeatable. When I see the Outlander series now, I recall the brilliant time I had there shooting with my friends. I want to head back to Scotland with my kids now, especially my son as he loves visiting historical sites.
A song starring actors Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor for the film Pukar was shot in Alaska at the glaciers. At 200 to 300 feet above mean sea level, it formed a surreal, colossal, and stunning white landscape. There is an undeniable element of thrill and glamour in the Alaskan landscape. We had to travel in choppers to land on the glaciers, and had to move around slowly on carefully placed wooden planks in between shots. The gleaming glaciers range from light blue tints, to slightly darker blues to sparkling white. On this white island, my blue lips (from the freezing cold) also seemed to add colour. The best part, however, was eating hot butter chicken with steaming butter naans on top of the glaciers, all courtesy the film’s indulgent producer, Boney Kapoor.
BLACK SANDS OF ABU TARTUR
For the movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum, I shot in Egypt with Kajol and Shahrukh Khan. Since I always like exploring the non-touristy places, the most stunning location for me in the country are the black sands of Abu Tartur—a seemingly unending magical plain of sand. It feels as if you are on the moon. Even the chill in the evenings lends an almost satanic twist to this area. Apart from the majestic pyramids, there are many stunning sand structures that draw you. I had moved outside Cairo and along the Nile to discover my fix of historical beauty—the temples at Abu Simbel, and the Luxor temple make for a fantastic canvas. I remember scouring local markets and picking up tiny curios, but I rarely put them all up in my house.