Indian cinema takes its viewer into the lives and loves of people and families, to fantastic locations, to a land where impromptu music and dance is not just conceivable but the norm. It provides humour, a chance at introspection, entertainment, and at times, an escape from reality.
For years now, directors have been looking outside India to shoot sequences, or at times entire movies abroad. Poland is perfect for a filming location since its diversity in topography, along with its natural wonders and historical monuments provides a variety of locations and backdrop suitable for most types of movies.
Poland's beautiful coastline has lovely beaches with fine white sand, calm blue waters. The Malbork Castle, Golden Gate, the restored Old Town and its many churches also provide a quaint charm to this otherwise modern Tricity Area in North Poland.
There are many castles and palaces scattered through the country, both preserved and renovated; the imposing remnants of Poland's era of grandeur. The towering structures with elegant medieval interiors, surrounded by sprawling landscaped lawns make it an ideal setting for a shoot.
Poland's architecture is varied, with a diverse skyline and cityscape across the country. Since the country has seen Russian, Prussian, Austrian, Hungarian and German occupation in its tumultuous past, architectural influences from all these countries exist here, alongside traditional Polish architecture and upcoming modern infrastructure. Cities like Warsaw, Krakow and Wroclaw offer the setting of a bustling cosmopolitan city at par with any other in the world.
And Poland has yet another feature that is popular with Indian filmmakers- Beautiful, lush snow-capped mountains. South Poland has the Tatra and Pieniny Mountains, which give breathtaking views of towering peaks with and without snow, as well as rivers, deep gorges and ravines. The charming mountain town of Zakopane with its old Polish attire, traditions and food is also a hub for winter sports, due to perfect weather and conditions. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, spelunking, it's all there in the Polish mountains.
Think of a site you want to shoot against and Poland will have it. Dense forests? Take your pick among the 23 Polish National Parks and its adjoining regions. Lakes? The Mazury district has over 3000 of them, and provides a serene atmosphere and perfect sailing conditions to boot. Monuments? Poland is chock full of majestic structures telling the story of its past. A cavernous underground salt mine, perhaps? The Wieliczka Mine with its lofty underground salt cathedrals, shafts and lakes is at your service.
With all the facilities offered anywhere else in the world, with locales untouched and pristine in comparison to their Western Europe counterparts and with more cost-effective rates than other locations, Poland is fast emerging as a hot new destination for filmmakers everywhere. So if you're looking for a beautiful, exotic or modern location for an upcoming project or film, come to Poland. You'll leave with an end product that is as remarkable as the country it was shot in.