New Delhi: In the present time, the world of Bollywood is witnessing a huge change, from story-line to location.
Viewers, now-a-days, prefer watching slice of life, much more than those dreamy sequences on exotic landscape.
Hence, the filmmakers have lately been turning the concept of ‘new locations’ for their films and looking for something much ‘desi’, which people easily connect to.
Upcoming films like Jackky Bhagnani’s ‘Mitron’, Abhishek Bachchan’s ‘Manmarziyaan’, ‘Milan Talkies’, Aayush Sharma’s ‘Loveratri’, ‘Kedarnath’, ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’, and ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ have been shot in various ‘desi’ locations like Punjab, Uttarakhand, Lucknow, Gujarat and many others.
Let’s take a look at the Bollywood films set in a small town:
Tracing the journey of Jay (Jackky Bhagnani) and Avni (Kritika Kamra), the film has been shot on the unexplored locations of Gujarat. The city of Ahmedabad has been explored intensively for the film as the actors set on the path of finding themselves amidst their social and cultural backgrounds.
For Bollywood actors, who are used to shoot at exotic foreign locales, working at a small-town location has its own charm. Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu, ‘Manmarziyaan’ has extensively been shot in Amritsar and other parts of Punjab.
–Batti Gul Meter Chalu:
“People want to see their own country,” says producer Bhushan Kumar, whose next Batti Gul Meter Chalu, has been shot in one such small town, Tehri, Uttrakhand.
The movie stars Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam and Shahid Kapoor in pivotal roles.
Starring Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain, the Abhiraj Minawala directorial has been majorly shot in Baroda. While shooting for the film, he discovered that it is a ‘culturally rich city’. He elaborates, “The flavour of this city is not seen in recent times. Also, what adds value is the audience in these towns. Now that our reach has increased so much more, they instantly connect with such films.”
Ali, who shot in Lucknow and Mathura for ‘Milan Talkies’, felt that the appeal of foreign locales has been a very relevant aspect in Bollywood films, but shooting in India is a different experience altogether. “I think films that are shot in the heartland are more relatable because the people in those films are characters that you have come across or may come across in your real life. And that just drives the plot home!” he added.