5 Bollywood movies shot in Delhi

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.

  •  PK

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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.

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  • Rockstar

     

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    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

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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.

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  • Delhi-6

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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.

  • Fan

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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!

17 thoughts on “5 Bollywood movies shot in Delhi”

  1. People are always drawn to visit places where big films have been shot. I guess we all want to appreciate the magic of the story of each place and it is another reason to appreciate a location. I am looking forward to visiting Delhi one day.

  2. Delhi especially the old parts have so much character which makes for a lovely background in these Bollywood movies. We loved Zindagi na Milegi Dobaara as well.

    1. You must have been to Delhi and old city of Delhi. Old Delhi is really crowded so apart from a few songs, most of the movie shooting has been done in Jaipur. However, the movie tends to highlight the way of living in Delhi and the very essence of Delhi.
      Totally agree with you on the enjoyment quotient of Delhi! Though, I wish the shops and pubs could stay open a bit longer 🙂 !

  3. I think movies and TV shows are one of the best ways to promote some places into tourist attractions, as in the case of Delhi where these movies have been shot. I’ve never seen any of these films though, Bollywood movies are not big in my country, I think the only Indian movie I’ve seen is 3 Idiots. I love that movie though.

  4. There will be many movies shot in Delhi. But these are indeed my favorites. Including parts of Rang de Basanti as well. Can watch some of these over and over

    1. Earlier, there were a lot of permits to be taken for Film shooting in Delhi. But Delhi Tourism department (headed by my Dad) streamlined the process of film shooting due to which many films could be shot in Delhi.

  5. Even we loved Zindagi na milegi Dobara and want to attend Tomatina festival at least once. Being in Delhi, I too love shots of this city especially old Delhi. And it is great to know Delhi Tourism department has made efforts to streamline the whole process.

  6. Prafull, this is such a great post. We all watch these bollywood movies but don’t know of all locations in a place they are shot in. Now when I watch these movies again, I will look out for the places mentioned :). Delhi has some amazing places for photography

  7. The vibrant city of Delhi offers some stunning locales and it is nice to note that of late movies have been shot here. It is so nice to see Bollywood movies set in the towns and cities of India as against the usual ones shot in Mumbai and overseas locales.

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