Bollywood has always found a reason to make use of the ice cold winters. The songs have been shot in snow-clad mountains and make it look romantic. In the earlier days it was Kashmir that people made a beeline for.
There’s the rain song, disco song and the snow song. Come winter and it’s time to remember the snow song. Whether it is the Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe which saw Shekhar (Shammi Kapoor) fall for Rajkumari (Saira Banu).
In a Gale Lag Jaa (1973), sparks ignite between Preeti (Sharmila Tagore) meets amateur skater Prem (Shashi Kapoor) during a holiday in Shimla.
Filmmakers moved to snowclad European countries for more. Raj Kapoor shot in the Alps for Sangam (1964), co-starring Vyjayanthimala and Rajendra Kumar. In the song Ich Liebe Dich (German for I love you), the newlyweds Sundar (Raj Kapoor) and Radha (Vyjayanthimala) include a sleigh ride during their honeymoon as Vivian Lobo sings in German in the background.
Yash Chopra was in love with Switzerland and he made no bones about it. In movies like Janam Janam, Chandni, his story travelled to sno capped mountains through either song sequences or the events. Later his son Aditya Chopra took on his father’s passion when he shot his first movie Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) in the West. It was shot at Jungfraujoch, known for its icy glaciers.