We all know that most of the movies are shot in Mumbai because of favourable weather, and also the fact that it is home to many actors. It is a comfortable place. There are times when the directors wanted to show real places and went out of the comfort zone. Kolkata, the city has a rich culture and tradition, and people are very particular about it. Some movies captured this richness very well. They are:
This movie was based on the drama “
Howrah Bridge” by
Mani Ratnam. The plot revolves around three people in Kolkata. In the movie, the leads were
Ajay Devgan, and
Vivek Oberoi. The story gives a tour of Kolkata, and tells how these three people entered politics.
This romantic musical story was based on a novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The lead of the movie was
Vidya Balan and
Saif Ali Khan, and the director was very much successful in bringing out the essence of Calcutta. Also, a major part of the movie was shot at James Prinsep Memorial.
Love Aaj Kal
A big chunk of this movie was shot in Calcutta, and the director was
Imtiaz Ali. He made sure that this comedy – romantic brought out the facts about love in today’s world. Calcutta can be explored in the scenes when
Rishi Kapoor goes into flashback, and recalls how he met his lady love, and these scenes were shot at the Bonedi Bari in the Rash Behari Avenue.
This outstanding movie was shot half in Darjeeling, and half in Kolkata. The plot of the movie was that even if Barfi couldn’t speak or hear, he still lived his life to the fullest. The movie also had shots of Kolkata’s mainstream life and Howrah Bridge.
This movie by
Sujoy Ghosh starts with scenes in Kolkata. The movie is about a pregnant lady looking for her husband. The director captured the Durga Pooja scene which is the essence of Kolkata. They did it by the guerrilla filmmaking technique in the streets of Kolkata. This was done to avoid the attention of people.
This is another movie having a plot based on the novel. The novel here followed was the Last Leaf. The movie had
Ranveer Singh and
Sonakshi Sinha as the stars, and they depicted beautiful love story of a Kolkata couple from the 1950s.
7. Bullet Raja
This movie was under
Tigmanshu Dhulia, and he made sure to reflect the beauty of Kolkata. The stars of the movie were Saif Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. They had romantic chemistry between them, and Saif could be seen using hand pull rickshaw which is mainstream in Kolkata.
This action thriller was completely shot in Kolkata. It had every tiny essence between its culture and tradition. From Priyanka wearing the tradition saree to Arjun and Ranveer in the retro style of Kolkata. We did surely have a deep tour of this bliss with them.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy
This mystery thriller was another movie entirely shot in Kolkata. The movie was based completely on the legendary detective Kolkata had. The movie is a treat for the eyes and brains, and I am sure every citizen of Kolkata loved it.
This is a cute comedy movie depicting the relationship of a father and daughter. Bhashkor, played by Amitabh is originally from Kolkata. He decides to go back, and the movie shows their journey from Delhi to Kolkata. The movie showed trams and some part North Kolkata.