Bollywood films that inspire us to visit Kolkata

By Ayushi Kakkar | Last Updated: Dec 20, 2015, 16:37 PM IST
Bollywood films that inspire us to visit Kolkata

Kolkata - the city of joy - has off late become filmmakers' hot favourite. Credits to the eternal artistic beauty, pre-independent India's colonial infrastructure, the magnetic charm and the divinely aura of Mother Goddesses Durga and Kali are an absolute visual delight.

Kolkata has it all! Read on to explore more of Kolkata and say 'Anek Dhonobaad' after you make a happy trip to the city.

BARFI

'Barfi' is a synonymous to the natives of Kolkata who are as sugary sweet as a barfi. The beauty of the city was well showcased in the story. The characters were shown travelling in a tram and having puchkas in the local market.

GUNDAY

How can one forget the entry of desi girl into the local bylanes of Kolkata - from high court to fish market and Dakshineshwar; Pryianka Chopra's entry literally blew away the hearts of the rowdy gundays in the movie.

DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY

Dibarkar Banerjee's thriller 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshi' was an interpretation of war-torn Calcutta during the 1940s and it impressively captured our attention until the mystery was resolved. The star cast strongly adopted the typical Bengali attire and the Bengali accent took us to Bengal virtually.

PIKU

'Piku' depicted the beautiful relation of a father and daughter. Bhashkor(Amitabh Bachchan) cycling across the breadth of North Kolkata well glorified the simplicity of the ‘City of Joy’. The film succeeded in striking an emotional chord by depicting one’s love for his soil.

KAHAANI

Kahaani had a very special element attached to the Bengali women, which Sujoy Ghosh impressively brought out. The protagonist (Vidya) avenged the death of her husband in the backdrop of Durga Puja. The atmosphere that showcased the festival of Mother Godess Durga was used symbolically in the film.

PARINEETA

This romantic big screen adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay’s namesake novel, was set in the Kolkata of 1950's. Pradeep Sarkar beautifully directed the classic film and added a new dimension to Bengal on celluloid.


YUVA

Mani Ratnam's political drama -'Yuva' – captured the raw yet youthful beauty of the city of joy on celluloid. The iconic places of Kolkata were beautifully depicted in the multi-starrer film.