RRR to 99 Songs, Indian Movies Shot in the Scenic Lands of Ukraine

On February 24, 2022, the world was shocked to learn that Russian President Vladimir Putin had launched a “military intervention” in Ukraine, after months of unrest. Reports of airstrikes and explosions across the country soon followed.

Ukraine is a popular film location due to its natural beauty and culture. The picturesque landscape has not escaped the attention of Indian filmmakers. It’s no surprise that a few Indian directors have turned to Ukraine as a creative force. Here is a list of some of these movies.

RRR

During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, Russia and Ukraine reopened to travellers. As a result, the RRR team decided to shoot several key scenes in Ukraine. After careful planning, the RRR team traveled to Ukraine to film Naatu Naatu’s iconic song as well as critical fight sequences.

Winner

Apart from RRR, the 2017 Telugu movie Winner also contains mystical footage from Ukraine. The film, directed by Gopichand Malineni, stars Sai Dharam Tej along with Rakul Preet Singh and Jagapati Babu in key roles. Three of the film’s tracks were shot in the capital Kiev, Lviv and Istanbul. According to some reports, it is the first Indian film shot in Ukraine.

99 songs

Another film shot in Ukraine was 99 Songs, written and financed by AR Rahman. According to the producers, a long program of 99 songs took place in Ukraine. The film starred Ehan Bhat, Edilsy Vargas, Aditya Seal as well as Lisa Ray and Manisha Koirala. The plot revolves around the life of a struggling musician who aspires to become a top music composer.

2.0

In Ukraine, a single titled Roja Khadal, by Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson’s 2.0 was filmed. AR Rahman created the song, which took place at the Tunnel of Love in Ukraine. Rajinikanth and Amy were featured in the song. The team flew to Ukraine to film beautiful scenic spots to replicate in India with visual effects.

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