Reel Life Locations In Chennai Where Some Of Our Favourite Films Were Made

Lavanya posted on 10 November

Chennai is the home of the Tamil film industry, affectionately known as Kollywood. While film shooting happens all over the country and the world, there are some Chennai landmarks which have gained iconic status after making their appearance in some popular films! Here’s our list of places in Chennai which have been immortalised in the movies.

The Marina Beach

The Marina beach is a location that is synonymous with the city, so naturally it’s a favourite shooting spot. The Marina has made itself visible in a number of films over the years, including May Maadham, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, 7G Rainbow Colony, Vaaranam Aayiram and Naan Mahaan Alla. The plot line of the Tamil movie Marina which released in 2012, was entirely about the hawkers on the beach.

Tourist Attractions

Triplicane, Chennai

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    Egmore Central Station & Local Train Stations

    Whether it’s a tearful reunion or the lead’s entry, the train stations of Chennai have been indispensable in Tamil cinema. Alaipayuthey, Agni Natchathiram, Singaravelan and  Gentleman are some of the films that have captured the train stations of Chennai.


    Egmore, Chennai

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      The Slate Hotels {previously Park Pod}

      This contemporary hotel that is tucked inside Khader Nawaz Khan Road has started showing up in films only recently. Remember the first big fight between Adi and Tara in OK Kanmani? That scene was shot right here.


      23/13, KNK Road, Srirampuram, Thousand Lights West, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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      The Brew Room

      This chic cafe that forms a part of The Savera Hotels made its debut film appearance in the blockbuster Ajith-Trisha starrer, Yennai Arindhaal. Incidentally, Goutham Menon, who is also the director of the film can be spotted here quite often as well!


      The Savera Hotel, 146, RK Salai, Mylapore, Chennai

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      Presidency College

      The Presidency College in Triplicane, which dates back to the 19th Century is a stunning example of colonial architecture. Notable films that have been shot here include the Dev Patel starrer, The Man Who Knew Infinity, and Mani Ratnam’s Aayutha Ezhuthu.

      Schools & Colleges

      Kamarajar Salai, Triplicane, Chennai

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      Government Museum, Egmore

      The Government Museum in Egmore, with its stone dinosaurs outside and chola bronzes inside might seem like an odd choice for a film shooting spot, but it was here that AR Rahman’s biggest hit song in the 90s was filmed. The museum played set for the song ‘Konjam Nilavu’ from the film Thiruda Thiruda.


      Beside Goverment Maternity Hospital, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai

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      Broken Bridge, Besant Nagar

      The Broken Bridge, is literally a broken bridge that spans partly across the Adyar estuary – that is, where the river joins the sea. This bridge, though broken, comes with fantastic views during the day and is one of the few tranquil places in the city. A few scenes from the film Vaali, and the iconic Inba-Michael face off from Aayutha Ezhuthu were shot here.

      Tourist Attractions

      Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai