Tour of Kolkata’s Film Locations
Kolkata, often referred to as the ‘City of Joy,’ holds a significant position in India’s economy, politics, and cultural landscape. Serving as the capital of West Bengal, Kolkata stands as one of the country’s four metropolitan cities, managing to preserve its inherent charm amidst the waves of modernization. The city’s influence is encapsulated in the famous adage, “What Bengal thought today, India thought tomorrow.” This recognition stems from Kolkata’s role in nurturing some of the most eminent thinkers, artists, filmmakers, and writers, including luminaries like Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, and Satyajit Ray. The creative currents flowing through Kolkata have consistently fueled ideas in art, literature, cinema, and theater, leaving an indelible mark that resonates as a source of inspiration for the entire nation.
Shooting Location in Kolkata: Kumartoli and Sarat Bose Road Precincts – Monalisa Guest House
One notable Bollywood film shot in Kolkata is “Kahani.” Filmed on a modest budget, many scenes were captured on the city’s streets, employing guerrilla-filmmaking techniques to seamlessly blend into the vibrant surroundings. The film garnered attention for its captivating storyline and authentic portrayal of Kolkata.
Love Aaj Kal
Shooting Location in Kolkata: Rashbehari Avenue
“Love Aaj Kal,” a romantic comedy-drama from 2009 starring Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan, featured scenes filmed on Rashbehari Avenue, showcasing the bonedi bari in the backdrop.
Shooting Location in Kolkata: Howrah and precincts
“Barfi,” a comedy-drama directed by Anurag Basu and featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, and Priyanka Chopra, unfolds against the picturesque locales of Kolkata, particularly Howrah, an iconic location in the city.
Shooting Location in Kolkata: Victoria Memorial
“Vicky Donor,” a beloved romantic comedy directed by Shoojit Sircar and produced by John Abraham, showcases the charm of Kolkata, with scenes featuring Victoria Memorial, Durga Pujo, and rajbaris, effectively capturing the city’s culture and festivals.
Shooting Location in Kolkata: Kalighat Area and Howrah
“Gunday,” an action thriller produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, transports viewers to 1970s Calcutta, with powerful scenes shot in Kalighat area and Howrah.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi
Shooting Location in Kolkata: Bow Barracks
“Detective Byomkesh Bakshi,” a mystery action thriller produced by Banerjee and Aditya Chopra, directed by Dibakar Banerjee, takes viewers on a visual journey through Kolkata, including the historic Bow Barracks..
Shooting Location in Kolkata: North Kolkata and Vicinity
“Piku,” a comedy-drama directed by Shoojit Sircar, beautifully captures North Kolkata and its surroundings, portraying the city’s essence as a backdrop for the heartfelt story of a father-daughter duo.
Shooting Location in Kolkata: Lanes of North Kolkata
“Bullet Raja,” directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, featuring Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, and Jimmy Sheirgill, showcases the lanes of North Kolkata, capturing the city’s unique flavor.
Shooting Location in Kolkata: Howrah Bridge & Vicinity
“Yuva,” a political drama by Mani Ratnam, unfolds against the iconic Howrah Bridge, featuring Vivek Oberoi, Ajay Devgan, and Abhishek Bachchan in interconnected stories set against the political backdrop of Kolkata.
Shooting Location in Kolkata: James Princep Memorial
“Parineeta,” a romantic drama based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel, beautifully captures the essence of Kolkata, with significant scenes shot at the James Princep Memorial..
Shooting Location in Kolkata: Itachuna Rajbari and Purulia
“Lootera,” directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha, takes viewers to Itachuna Rajbari in Hooghly District and Purulia, offering a cinematic journey through the captivating landscapes of Kolkata and its surroundings.
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