5 Times Hollywood Movies Chose Mumbai As Its Backdrop

Ariana Linh |Oct 29, 2019

Nothing beats the thrill of spotting India in a Hollywood movie. As Christopher Nolan lands in Mumbai for his newest movie "Tenet", let's look into a plethora of past films that wisely chose Mumbai as its backdrop.

Bollywood movies have been shot in many scenic places the world over, most of the time to amazing results. However, nothing beats the thrill of Hollywood movies shot Mumbai, especially when Mumbai appeared at the backdrop, strutting its gorgeous and stunning beauty.

Hollywood movies shot in Mumbai
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As Christopher Nolan lands in Mumbai for his newest movie Tenet, let's look into a plethora of past films that wisely chose this magnificent city to be shot in.


Let's start with Tenet itself. The ever dazzling Twilight's vampire Robert Pattinson is joining director Christopher Nolan at Mumbai for this 2020 action thriller. Not much is known about the movie as of now, but videos of the crew filming dangerous stunts and scenes have been shared online.

Fans have quick to post pictures of the shoots all over social media, with Pattinson and the team being seen at tourist attractions such as Colaba Causeway and the Gateway of India. According to reports, the film also stars Bollywood actress Dimple Kapadia.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

A lot of action sequences of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was in Mumbai. The fourth installment of one of the most famous spy-flick around, this movie starred Tom Cruise and Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor. Although Cruise didn't fly to the city, his stunt double was a presence for many of the action scenes featuring the streets of Mumbai. This was also Anil Kapoor's debut in mainstream Hollywood.

Slumdog Millionaire

Dharavi of Mumbai was the setting for the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. The movie is a loose adaptation of the novel Q & A, retelling the story of 18-year-old Jamal Malik who lives in that very same slum. Despite many controversies regarding the film, Slumdog Millionaire still proudly boasts the beauty of Mumbai and India as a whole.

Million Dollar Arm

Hollywood movies shot in Mumbai
The poster for Million Dollar Arm, featuring Jon Hamm at the center

Craig Gillespie's Million Dollar Arm 's plot revolves around sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) and his time with aspiring pitcher Rinku Singh (played by Saraj Sharma) and Dinesh Patel. With Mumbai as its backdrop, the movie fittingly captured the hustle and bustle of the city. Although it came out with mixed reviews, the story of Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel is still worth watching if you want a better look at Mumbai.


Hollywood movies shot in Mumbai

A rom-com by John Jeffcoat, Outsourced was mostly shot in Mumbai. The movie doesn't miss any chance at showing off the city while keeping the story of Todd Anderson along. Todd is a down on his luck employee who gets outsourced to India, and here he found his love. Josh Hamilton performed really well, and Ayesha Dharker doesn't let herself fall behind her co-star.


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