The individuality and the culture of every single city must be celebrated, and Bollywood, in the recent past, has been doing just that. There is a saying that in a film, the location of it all also is pretty much an integral part of the story as their characters, and so, in turn, the makers too go ahead and celebrate the culture and heritage of their respective cities, through which the story gets the perfect dash of the local flavour.
So, let’s take a look at some of them:
Dear Zindagi- Goa
Goa is one of the most popular backdrops used in Hindi cinema. Be it Saagar, Dum Maaro Dum, Go Goa Gone and even the Deepika Paukone-starrer Finding Fanny. But, quite recently, the Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt-starrer Dear Zindagi is a film which shows a new side of Goa. In the film, Alia’s character is reluctant to go to Goa initially but ends up getting inspired from that place instead.
Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz- Kolkata
Onir’s first romantic film, Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz is set in Kolkata. It is a modern-day love story in the age of social media which centers around two characters, one is RJ Alfaaz, played by debutant actor Zain Khan Durrani and meme artist – Archana, played by Geetanjali Thapa. Onir tried to capture the spirit of Kolkata during the monsoons and weave the unconditional love story. Kolkata is richer in nature as it is in history, thanks to the old trams that are still running in the middle of the city, which blend in perfectly with the story.
Wake up Sid- Mumbai
Mumbai, in Ranbir’s breakthrough movie, Wake up Sid serves not just as a backdrop to a blossoming relationship but also artfully reflects the moods of the Mumbaikars through its weather. From matchbox homes to the rain-drenched streets and the aspirations of a young couple hoping to find their feet and a house in the big city, It showed a lot of things which connected with the Mumbaikars and others too in the city as well as others too.
Shuddh Desi Romance- Jaipur
Although Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra-starrer Shuddh Desi Romance didn’t do all that well at the Box office but it was widely praised for showing the scenic beauty and gorgeous locales of the often mythologised ‘Gulabi’ city — especially via the song `Gulabi: where places like Jalmahal Palace, Hawa Mahal, Raj Mandir, Nahargarh Fort and the vibrant streets of the city are shown in their full glory.
Chennai Express- Chennai
In order to immerse ashes in Rameswaram, Shah Rukh Khan is seen embarking upon a journey that takes him to Southern India, where, along with being introduced to Deepika Padukone, the audience gets to have an absolutely breathtaking shot of the Dudhsagar falls, Vattamalai Murugan Temple, Pamban Road, Munnar Tea Gardens and a whole lot more. The culture and warm hospitality showcased in the movie successfully represent the spirit of Chennai and its people.
Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi-starrer Masaan was shot on the banks of river Ganga. The film displayed the city’s magnificent ghats and also captures the burning ghats especially Harishchandra ghat, where funeral pyres are burned round the clock. The ghats and the lanes are perfectly combined with the movie script and served as the perfect backdrop.