Malaysia: Popular Destination for Bollywood & Indian Tourists

Malaysia Petronas Towers

Movies Shot in Malaysia

Don, Don 2, Fanaa are the more popular Bollywood movies that were shot in Malaysia.

Some other films that were shot here include Aaghaaz, Chor Machaaye Shor, Dil Maange More, Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, Humraaz, Shaadi Se Pehle, Yaadein.

A significant portion of SRK’s Don was filmed in Malaysia, including the Malacca prison, Petronas Towers in KL & the sky bridge in Langkawi

Tourism Malaysia introduces ‘Kabali’ packages to draw Indian travelers

Kabali was a huge commercial success and the movie also helped promote Malaysian locations (where the film was shot) to Rajinikanth’s fans in India and across the world.

To capitalize on the film’s success and to get more Indian travelers to Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia has introduced ‘Kabali’ packages that will take visitors to the most iconic and popular tourist attractions related to the film (mostly in Kuala Lumpur and Carey Island).

Kabali was filmed at various locations, namely Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, KLCC, Grand Salon Lobby Lounge of Palace of Golden Horses, Royal Selangor Club, Malacca, and Carey Island.

India is Malaysia’s second largest tourism source market, and much of its credit also goes to Bollywood & other Indian films.

Rajnikanth’s Kabali Filmed in Malaysia
Rajnikanth, one of the biggest superstars in India, filmed in Malaysia for his upcoming film. Kuala Lumpur got to witness Rajni-mania as fans thronged to get a glimpse of India’s biggest star.

Rajnikanth was in KL to shoot for his upcoming film ‘Kabali’ (plays a gangster). The film was shot at places like the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Batu Caves, Sunway, Bangsar.

Hundreds of people were present near the shooting location and were seen cheering the actor and chanted slogans like “Thalaiva valge” (Hail to the chief) and ‘Kabali’.

The down-to-earth Rajnikanth acknowledged their presence and waved to them. Few of his fans even managed to shake hands with the superstar, despite tight security. But then, that’s the power of ‘Chitti’!

Kuala Lumpur is home to a size-able Indian community (and many South Indians) and many took the opportunity to see their favorite superstar in action.

Malaysia Calling Bollywood

Malaysia is a sought after destination for filming Hollywood movies, and they do have excellent production & post-production capabilities. No wonder, studios there want to capitalize on the potential that Bollywood offers.

Malaysia kuala lumpur airport
Kuala Lumpur Airport

Malaysia, langkawi sky bridge in Don
Langkawi Sky Bridge

Malaysia, Office of the prime minister putrajaya
Office of the Prime Minister, Putrajaya

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) has been reaching out to the film industry in India, to encourage more India-based productions to use their new facility. They have a fully-integrated production facility that is equipped with state-of-the-art film studios, television studios and post-production facilities.

Awards/Functions in Malaysia

Temptation Reloaded 2014 – the musical extravaganza took place at the Merdeka Stadium in Malaysia. The show featured Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerji, Honey Singh, Arijit Singh and Miyang Chang.

Did You Know? – SRK has been adopted as a national treasure in Malaysia, and awarded the title of ‘Datuk’, which is usually reserved for Malaysians.

temptation reloaded-2014 in malaysia

Shahrukh Khan has also been honoured with Malaysia’s prestigious “Brand Laureate Legendary Award” by Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. The prestigious award was handed to him by Robert Loh, Founder of Lord’s Tailor, KK Johan, President of The Brand Laureate and Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohammad, the Malaysian Prime Minister.

The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards are presented to deserving talent in artistic and technical fields in Bollywood. These awards are presented annually and their award ceremony is held in different countries to assert the importance of Hindi cinema across the world.

IIFA was held in Malaysia in 2002 (Genting Highlands) & 2015 (Kuala Lumpur).

IIFA 2002 Malaysia Video

Promoting Malaysia

Malaysia’s attempt at securing the title of top tourism hub for Indian tourists has seen the launch of Bollywood music album in collaboration of both countries.

The album titled “Tum Mile: launched as a part of the ‘Visit Malaysia 2014’ programme, comprises of old Bollywood songs of Kishore Kumar voiced by popular Hindi singer Kumar Sanu and Malay counterpart Princess Toh Puan Noor Suzanna Abdullah.

Sunny Leone shared a picture from her holiday in Kuala Lumpur a while ago.
sunny leone in kuala lumpur

Legoland Malaysia Eyeing Bollywood
‘Legoland Malaysia’ Resort located in Nusajaya, Johor (not far from Singapore), is keen to get India’s film makers to come over and checkout the colourful backgrounds on offer at the location. They feel it might just be the perfect background setting for film shoots.

Though the resort is fully operational, the management intends to add a new theme each year. This resort offers ‘clean and family-oriented entertainment’, and is already getting a good number of visitors from India, China and Hong Kong.

A Tourism Malaysia sales mission will be heading for India to make a pitch for Legoland.

Malaysia Tourism

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Dialing code: 60
Currency: Malaysian ringgit
Official language: Malaysian language

One of the the most iconic landmark of South East Asia, and also among the taller structures in thr world, the Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur is a major tourist attraction. Its open 6 days a week and offer tours to the skybridge on floor 41/42 and the observation deck on floor 86 in tower 2. Tickets can be bought from 8:30am every morning.

Here are some more things to see & experience in Malaysia.

  1. World’s tallest twin towers – Petronas Twin Towers, Dine with the world at your feet at KL Tower, Shopping at BBKLCC in Kuala Lumpur
  2. Cameron Highlands, Pahang, for Afternoon tea and scones
  3. National Parks in Sarawak
  4. Mystery, myth, legend at Langkawi, Kedah
  5. Sipadan Island, Sabah, one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world
  6. Heritage trails and hawker food in George Town, Penang
  7. River safari – Kinabatangan River, Sabah
  8. Seafaring tales & old world charm of Melaka City, Melaka
  9. Genting Highlands, where entertainment never stops
  10. Play time for all at LEGOLAND and Hello Kitty Town, Johor

Malaysia Travel Video