- Pagal Nilavu – no idea
- Nayagan was set in Bombay, so no chance
- Anjali was set in Chennai
- Roja, in Kashmir, so might have been shot in Shimla, Manali, or even Ooty
- Dalapathi, somewhere in South India, methinks Mysore
- Agni Nakshatram, no
- Mouna Raagam, Chennai and Delhi
- Bombay – duh!
- Thiruda Thiruda, probably not
- Iruvar, probably not
- Uyire, somewhere in North India, maybe along the border, seems like the only doubtful choice
- Alaipayuthey, no, don’t think so
- Ayutha Ezhuthu, no
Kannathil Muthamittaal, then, seems like the only movie which has been set outside India, and that too, because the story warrants it – it is the tale of an adopted child, whose biological mother fights for the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Even this movie could have been shot in some Lanka-like region in Tamil Nadu or Kerala. In none of the movies listed above could we think of even a song which was shot “in phoren”. Mani is one of India’s best directors and yet the above statistic! Very, very surprising!
If you know anything to the contrary, dear reader, please let me know – I would be glad to stand corrected.
P.S.: The list above does not consider movies produced by Mani. I think the Rayile rayile song in Five Star was shot in Europe.
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