It is 1998. Ismail Merchant decides to film his film Algodón María in Fort Kochi. He wants the story of an Indian nanny for a British woman to settle in South India. “Kerala Why not? Why not Fort Kochi?” He said. “It’s exotic, kinematically exciting.” The cotton Maria with Madhur Jaffrey and Greta Scacchi, becomes the first international production of to roll in the city.
It is the year 2016. Hindi film actor Saif Ali Khan is in Kochi for his head out of 2017, a new official version of Jon Favreau’s Hollywood production of the same name. Film Raja Menon explores the culinary traditions of Kerala and is played in one of the most cosmopolitan cities. “Kochi is unique is a brilliant blend of traditional and modern, both in its people and its landscape,” Menon told Scroll.in.
Kochi has always been a destination for travelers and tourists alike. Its bathtub, boat rides, green field, spices and the cobbled streets of Fort Kochi are among the attractions. But Kochi is also a favorite of filmmakers, not just the state.
Many luminaries in the Malayalam film industry live in Kochi, including Mohanlal, Mammootty, Nivin Pauly, Prithviraj, Dileep and Manju Warrier Jaisurya. The city is also home to several post-production studios and is responsible for almost half of all Malaysian cinema in the state. “Kochi is an ancient port city – it has the Portuguese, Dutch and British charm and yet some of them are elegant,” said Rajeev Ravi, who published his acclaimed films Annayum Rasoolum (2013) and Kammatipaadam (2016) here.
European buildings and old godowns leading to Whirlpool in Fort Kochi can be shortened, not only to Pondicherry or Panaji, but also to Tuticorin – as was the case in Kadal (2013) Mani Ratnam. A scene with the main actors Gautham Karthik and Thulasi Nair was shot in Fort Kochi, but shows as Tamil Nadu in the film.
Some scenes of Madras Cafe Shoojit Sircar (2013) were filmed at and near Princess Street in Fort Kochi. Baaghi (2016), starring Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor, was also filmed here. Shah Rukh Khan has shot Bolgatty Palace by Boss Yes (1997).
Other places of interest are Kochi Lulu Mall and Chendamangalam Hill Palace Tripunthira, where the famous movie Manichitrathazhu malayalam (1993) was shot. The new Hindi version, Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), was established in Rajasthan.
Kochi, as a character in itself, is not new to Malayalam cinema. The Kammatipadam Rajeev Ravi is a difficult film to enter the land of the mafia in Fort Kochi. Annayum Rasoolum in which a Muslim taxi driver falls in love with a Christian woman, takes place in different places in Kochi. The film Jayasurya Kunchako Boban Gulumal (2009) begins with the words: “The city of Kochi, where people make their money and thieves also survive ..”
One of the best movies to use as a Kochi character Amma Ariyan John Abraham (1986). A crowd wanders north from Kerala to Kochi to say the mother of a young Naxalite her son died. Little by little, as the crowd moves in the cities, we see people talking about places that happen. In Kochi, the dead man’s mother is seated at the Church of St. Francis, which houses the tomb of Vasco da Gama. The Portuguese explorer died in Kochi on his third visit to India in 1524.