Bengal is in the heart of every Indian. The warm culture, the sweetness of the language, and the comfort of the people of West Bengal makes it so lovable. Time and again, Bollywood has made movies based in Bengal. Here is a list of 10 films that gives off the essence of Bengal -
This film is partly based on O. Henry’s short story “The Last Leaf.” Set in the backdrop of the Zamindari Abolition Act in the newly independent India, the film shows a deep, but twisted love story between Pakhi and Varun. The film is primarily shot in the picturesque town of Manikpur in West Bengal. It reflects the Bengali culture, language, and way of living throughout the film.
Meri Pyaari Bindu is a feel-good romantic comedy. The film is the story of how two best friends, Abhimanyu Roy and Bindu Shankarnaryanan, go through a life of success, loneliness, love, heart-break, settling down and eventually finding their way back to each other as still best friends. The film is shot in Kolkata majorly and is the portrayal of a typical Bengali relationship.
Yuva is a political thriller. The film is about Micheal, Arjun, Vishnu, and Trilok - the leaders of a student organization that wants to remove corruption in politics. But, they are faced with difficulties when there is a more robust party opposing them. The film is set in Kolkata and gives an essence of Bengal’s very favorite topic- politics.
Devdas is one of the classics based on the Bengali novel of the same name written by
Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
. It shows the complicated love story of Devdas, Parvati and Chandramukhi. Other than the love story, the film is known for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s amazing cinematography. It is set in the backdrop of the Zamindari era, and the grandeur of the then Bengal is felt through it.
Parineeta is a romantic musical film based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name. It is shot in Kolkata, and the then vibe of Bengal’s capital is felt in the film. The film shows how the friendship turned into love between Shekhar and Lalita.
Gunday is a Hindi action film mainly shot in Kolkata and Mumbai. It shows the bromance between Bikram and Bala, and their love triangle with Nandita. The film shows how partitioning led to immigrants getting involved in Mafia Raj and illegally marketing coal. The film portrays love, friendship, struggle and survival in Kolkata.
Kahaani is a film about feminism and motherhood. A woman’s journey of finding justice for her dead husband and all the struggles she had to go through while doing that is shown in the movie. Shot in Kolkata during Durga Puja also adds essence to the film as it shows how the energy of Durga Maa is actually present in every woman.
The film is a typical Byomkesh film. The famous Bengali detective, Byomkesh Bakshi, played by
Sushant Singh Rajput
, is set to investigate and solve yet another mystery. This Bollywood film resonates with every Bengali as Byomkesh is their very own detective.
Piku is a warm film that leaves you super emotional and overwhelmed. It is the story of the typical relationship that a Bengali father and daughter share. Despite their several arguments and continuous bickering, a road trip to Kolkata brings Piku closer to her old-aged and nagging father.
Barfi is a romantic-comedy drama about a deaf simpleton. The film is a treat to watch, owing to the several shots captured in various locations of Darjeeling. Also, the shots of the Howrah Bridge, trams, ‘puchka’, and everything else in the film gives off a very Kolkata vibe.