Bollywood’s association with Kolkata has been eternal. From movie makers, to music directors, from actors to singers, Kolkata has been a treasure trove for talent. But Bollywood’s love for Kolkata does not end with just the talent hunt, the city has often added a wonderful backdrop to some of the most amazing movies. Here are the top 7 movies which beautifully captured the essence and beauty of Kolkata.
Mani Ratnam has wonderfully explored the city’s political scenario in his multi starrer Yuva. The movie was supposed to be named as ‘Howrah Bridge’ as a major part of the movie was shot on this iconic bridge of the city. The movie starred Ajay Devgn, Esha Deol, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee in the leading roles. The movie wonderfully depicts student life and politics.
Based on the novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, this movie by Pradeep Sarkar had to have a backdrop in Kolkata. The movie wonderfully weaves Kolkata in the plot. The most loved song from this musical romantic drama was shot in Prinsep Ghat and Kolkata makes a brilliant appearance along with the equally brilliant performance of Vidya Balan and Saif Ali Khan
A cult movie by Sujoy Ghosh, this movie portrays Kolkata in the most brilliant way. From the yellow taxis to metro, from a not so famous Guest House in South Kolkata to the most loved kachoris from the dingy lanes and not to forget, the concept of Bijaya Dashami and Sindur Khela has not just been captured but has been mingled with the plot as an integral part. We all love this movie- Ami Sotyi Bolchi.
A brilliant film by Shoojit Sircar, this comedy drama has been shot in the various parts of Kolkata as the father and daughter duo, Bhaskar and Piku Banerjee played by Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, embarks on a journey from Delhi to Kolkata. The movie has captured beautifully the very essence of North Kolkata and its soon vanishing old mansions and culture.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi
Kolkatans love their books and ‘Goendas’ dearly and when it was time to explore the most loved detective from Kolkata, director Dibakar Banerjee could not help but choose Kolkata as the backdrop. Even though the movie is set in the times of the Second World War, we still love the feel of the old Kolkata as Sushant Singh Rajput in the guise of Byomkesh Babu explores the city.
When it is an Anurag Basu movie, it has to have a Bengal connection, but in case of Barfi! it was entirely shot in Bengal, from Darjeeling to North Bengal and then to Kolkata, the movie takes you on a joy ride. Most of the movie was shot in Kolkata as Jhilmil and Barfi spends a happy time in the city. From trams to phuchkas, Basu delves on the taste of Kolkata along with Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz.
Love Aaj Kal
Who would have thought of connecting San Francisco to Kolkata, but Imtiaz Ali did that, and we absolutely loved it. Ali explores 2 different love stories from 2 different eras and beautifully blended the Golden Gate with Howrah Bridge. The movie is a must watch, even though the film is not shot extensively in the city of joy, yet it plays an interesting role in the movie