10 Bollywood Movies Shot in Kolkata That We Loved

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Kahani

Location: Kumartoli and Sarat Bose Road precincts- Monalisa guest house.

Made on a shoestring budget, Kahaani was conceived and developed by Sujoy Ghosh, who co-wrote the film with Advaita Kala. The crew often employed guerrilla-filmmaking techniques on Kolkata’s city streets to avoid attracting attention. The film was noted for its deft portrayal of the city and for making use of many local crew and cast members.

Kahani
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Love Aaj Kal

Location: Rashbehari Avenue.

Shot in one of the glorious bonedi bari in Rash Behari avenue, this rom-com set out to tell the story of existence of true love in today’s time with Calcutta being one of the places central to the story line.

LoveAjKal
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Barfi

Location: Howrah and precincts.

Set mostly in Kolkata and Darjeeling, this wonderful film portrays the essence of love being indefinable in the most beautiful way.

Barfi
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Vicky Donor

Location: Victoria Memorial

Though a few scenes in this ‘family’ movie featured Kolkata, the way Durga pujo and rajbaris are showcased was enough to do justice to the city of joy.

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Image Source: desimartini.com

 

Gunday

Location: Howrah and Kalighat area

The film starts off in the turbulent times of 1970s, with a young Bikram and Bala, who become gun carriers and coal bandits. They ultimately grow up to become the most powerful goons of Calcutta.

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Image Source: movies.ndtv.com

 

Byomkesh Bakshi

Location: Bow barricks area

In a contemporary interpretation of war-torn Calcutta during the 1940s, the film follows the first adventure of Byomkesh Bakshi as a private detective. Extensively filmed in Kolkata, this film is a treat to the eyes for every Kolkattan in the city and elswhere alike.

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Parineeta

Location: James Princep Memorial

This romantic drama musical adaptation of the 1914 Bengali novel Parineeta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay has had its heart and soul in Calcutta of the post-british era. Major chunk of the movie was shot in Calcutta, specifically an entire song was shot at the James Princep Memorial. The film has several notable allusions to Indian literature and cinema.

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Yuva

Location: Howrah Bridge

Yuva (Youth), originally titled Howrah Bridge is an Indian political drama film directed by Mani Ratnam. This film portrays the story of students entering politics and its repercussions.

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Image Source: blog.goibibo.com

 

Piku

Location: Nonapukur Tram Depot

A story of the short-tempered Piku Banerjee, her grumpy, ageing father Bhashkor and Rana Chaudhary, who is stuck between the father-daughter duo, as they embark on a journey to Kolkata. Beautifully shot at the Nonapukur Tram depot and some parts of North Kolkata, this film gave us the opportunity of seeing the most revered actor in Bollywood in a Bengali character and setting.

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Bullet raja

Location: Lanes of North Kolkata

A brief part of the movie showcases the protagonist’s romance with Kolkata as the backdrop. A movie on the dynamics of politics in UP, this movie showed the Nawab among all actors pulling the evergreen rickshaw of Kolkata.

Bullet-Raja-Kolkata
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