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A look at films that were shot in the picturesque island country.
Bombay Velvet to Boom - Bollywood love affair with Sri Lanka
Bombay doesn't merely feature in the title of Anurag Kashyap's ambitious new movie; it's also the heartbeat of its vintage soul.

But here's the thing, Bombay Velvet is predominantly shot in Sri Lanka.

Given the story is set in the sixties, elaborate sets of the city's landmarks were specially mounted across various locations of the neighbouring country to recreate the ambiance of a bygone decade.

Director Kashyap says he preferred filming in Sri Lanka to actual locations in Mumbai because of the unconditional support offered by their government, easy availability of vintage car models, peaceful working conditions and the likeness of its gothic architecture.

Whiles Bombay Velvet is easily Bollywood's most high-profile project to be extensively shot in Sri Lanka, it's not the first one. Here's a look at other desi movies that employed the island country's scenic beauty as its backdrop.

Image: Ranbir Kapoor in Bombay Velvet