In India, Bollywood movie is not just taken as a source of entertainment, instead, it triggers the mind of people and set a thought process and allows them to think differently. Meanwhile, the story and cast matter a lot, the place of shooting always play a big role to popularize the destination. I remember falling in love with the Tomatina festival after watching Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. (I can play a quiz on that one) Traditionally, most of the movie gets shot in Mumbai but nowadays other cities and places are being sought by Directors to capture the spirit of the movie. There are various movies that have been shot in Delhi like Ranjhanaa, Fukrey, No one killed Jessica, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Vicky Donor, Rang De Basanti, Delhi Belly etc. Check out some prominent movies which were shot in Delhi.
Genre- Comedy, Satire, Drama.
Places covered: Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandani Chowk, Agrasen Ki Baoli, Delhi Haat and Old streets of Delhi.
Rajkumar Hirani directed this movie and released in 2014. A big part of this movie shot in Delhi. Ironically, in the movie, Aamir Khan used to reside in ‘Agrasen ki Baoli’, which is also considered a haunted place in Delhi. Interestingly, this is the first Bollywood movie to gross US$100 million (Rs 630 crore) worldwide.
Genre- Musical, Romantic, Drama.
Area covered- Hauz Khas, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Old Delhi, Miranda House in Delhi University and Connaught Place.
Oscar-winning composer, A.R. Rahman composed music for this movie and Imtiaz Ali directed this and released in 2011. Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is one of the oldest Sufi mausoleums in India. where the song Kun Faya Kun was shot. In addition, while Nargis Fakhri debuted in Rockstar, it was also the last movie for Shami Kapoor, the legend, and Ranbir Kapoor’s grand-uncle.
Band Baaja Baarat
Genre- Romantic, Comedy, Drama.
Places covered- Kirorimal College in Delhi University, Janakpuri streets, Sainik Farm, Connaught Place, Old Delhi, West Delhi.
Maneesh Sharma directed this movie and released in 2010. I guess it was Kirori Mal College hostel that hired for Ranveer Singh’s hostel location. (Correct me if I’m wrong, though it’s gonna be tough!). Not only was this movie Ranveer Singh’s debut movie but also the first for director Maneesh Sharma. Incidentally, both won accolades and recognition for this movie in 2010.
Genre- Comedy, Musical, Drama.
Area covered- Streets of Old Delhi, Central Delhi, Jama Masjid and Red Fort.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directed Delhi 6 in 2009. This movie shows the real soul of the city’s oldest habitations which have still been beautifully preserved. In fact, the name of this movie is actually derived from the pin code of Old Delhi – 110006. It was lovely watching Rishi Kapoor as the father of Abhishek Bachchan and the chemistry both of them shared onscreen.
Genre- Thriller, Action, Drama.
Area Covered- North Delhi, Central Delhi, and Red Fort.
Maneesh Sharma directed it in Delhi and other places. In the movie, Shahrukh Khan’s fan – Gaurav Chandna stays in north Delhi. The super hit song ‘Jabra Fan’ was shot in the area of Red Fort. Furthermore, this film depicts the lifestyle of delhilites. Since Shahrukh Khan hails from Delhi, so, his acting seems effortless and realistic as a Delhi boy.
About the author
Prafull Vinayak has a thing for travel! He loves sharing exciting and interesting information about the places he wanders in. He loves laying hands on interesting facts about places he visits and passionately informs people about the same. A Computer Engineering graduate from Kurukshetra University, he loves writing codes in his free-time, checks out theatre activities nearby. A big-time movie buff that he is, he can beat almost anyone at a Bollywood quiz!