In pictures: Bollywood goes rustic

Updated: Mar 04, 2015, 14:00
  • 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' (2015)
    This delightfully modest film, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, is set in the bylanes of Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. The biggest achievement of director Sharat Katariya is that not only he stays true to the culture and the mindsets of the place that the film is set in, but he also makes sure that the lingo and the humour remains untouched too.
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    'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein': Director Punit Malhotra latest release 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein' features Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor in a quirky love story based on a rural backdrop. A large part of the film is based in a village where Imran is playing a city-based guy and Kareena is acting as a simple girl from village set on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat
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    'Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ram Leela': Set in the backdrop of rural Gujarat, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ram Leela' starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone is an adaptation of popular love story of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', set in violent times
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    'Shuddh Desi Romance': Maneesh Sharma's bold attempt at a film based on live-in relationships starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra was set in Jaipur as the story revolved around how the small-town youth view modern-day relationships
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    'Lootera': Infamous for the arms-dropping case, this place in West Bengal was selected to get the 1950s era right on the celluloid. According to director Vikramaditya Motwane, Purulia was worth the recce. On the other hand, five hours drive from Kolkata, Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha would often end up shooting for 8-10 hours straight despite the travel-related fatigue
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    'Raanjhanaa': The comic-turned-tragic love story starring Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor, was set in the beautiful locales of Varanasi
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    'Satyagraha': After 'Rajneeti' and 'Chakravyuh', Prakash Jha chose this location of Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh for the third time. Far removed from the urban milieu, the place added to the story. Ajrun Rampal, who has been part of all the three films, had once invited his kids and wife to Pachmarhi so as to give them an experience of ‘real’ India
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    'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag': In a bid to re-create Shardara, the biggest refugee partition camp of Delhi, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra decided to shoot in Rewari in haryana. Since Shardara has changed over the years and has a lot of dish antennas, telephone wires and so on, the production team decided to build the refugee town away from Delhi
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    'Kai Po Che!': Based on Chetan Bhagat's novel 'The Three Mistakes Of My Life', this film was set in Ahmedabad and the story revolved around three friends, Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput), Omi (Amit Sadh) and Govind (Raj Kumar Yadav), who wanted to start their own sports shop and sports academy
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    'Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola': Featuring Anushka Sharma and Imran Khan in lead roles, this film was set in the backdrop of rural areas of Mandola near Haryana
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    'Barfi!: Nearly 40 km from Coimbatore, this place called Pollachi in Tamil Nadu played parts of West Bengal in the film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz
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    'Gangs of Wasseypur': While Wasseypur is an area on the peripheries of Dhanbad (Jharkhand), both the installations of Anurag Kashyap’s epic were shot in a smaller town in the Mirzapur district of UP. The rustic touch was maintained throughout, as the story focuses on the coal mafia prevalent in the ’80s Bihar
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    'Ishqiya': According to director Abhishek Chaubey his debut turned out to be bold because of its rural backdrop. Shot in the interior area of Uttar Pradesh, he says he borrowed the setting from reality to narrate the story of three people in a blend of romance and suspense
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    'Dabangg': Another film in the small-town based franchise, 'Dabangg' and its sequel were shot majorly in Uttar Pradesh (from Laalgunj to Kanpur). Pic/Santa Banta
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    'Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster': About 44 km from Godhra, this former princely state called Devgadh Baria in Gujarat was visited twice by Tigmanshu Dhulia and the entire crew for keeping the royal air about the films ('Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster' and its sequel) intact
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    'Omkara': Vishal Bhardwaj visualised and presented a mesmeric manifestation out of rustic, rural, and wild backdrop in an adaptation from Shakespeare's 'Othello'. He very well changed the background from one at royals in Europe to pastoral countryside in western Uttar Pradesh in the adaptation. Pic/Santa Banta
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    'Paan Singh Tomar': Director Tigmanshu Dhulia first learned about Tomar while working on the set of 'Bandit Queen' in Chambal. Intrigued that Tomar was largely forgotten despite holding several records, he resolved to make a film about his life. The film was shot in ravines of Chambal, in Dholpur and in the actual barracks Tomar lived in at Roorkee
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    'Peepli Live': Directed by debutant Anusha Rizvi and starring Raghuveer Yadav, this film by Aamir Khan Productions was a satire, a black comedy about rural life, about farmer suicides and used very authentic, colourful rustic language
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    'Dor': The film narrates what happens when two very diverse worlds collide. Ayesha Takia plays Meera, an innocent, affectionate, spirited but abiding young woman who lives with her husband in a traditional joint family set-up in Jodhpur. On the other side there's Zeenat essayed by Gul Panag, an independent and practical, but slightly cold woman from Himachal Pradesh. The film had multiple messages that transcended religion, community, strata and gender. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    'Singularity': About 15 km away from Jhansi, a section of this time travel film was shot in the region of Orccha in madhya Pradesh. Roland Joffé, who earlier directed City of Joy in Kolkata (then Calcutta), was apparently keen on this particular location. However, it’s been a long wait which continues
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    'Bullett Raja': Tigmanshu Dhulia's upcoming film starring Saif Ali Khan is a narrative that will be set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh-based mafia, and it will deal with the underworld. It also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Jimmy Shergill
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    'R... Rajkumar': Along with Gondal and Rajkot, this Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha-starrer followed the ongoing trend of shooting in Gujarat. The unbearable summer heat of Bhuj reportedly bothered Sonakshi so much that she got the scene of a song altered by convincing the choreographer to set it partly in water to beat the heat
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    'pk': To give an authentic Rajasthani touch to his film, Rajkumar Hirani chose the village of Mandwa. The village is situated 190 km off Jaipur and Hirani suffered from heat stroke during his stay there. On the other hand, Aamir decided to spend some time in Jaipur for leisure, after shoot
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    'Highway': True to its title, this Imtiaz Ali film has been shot across six Indian states within a span of 52 days. Along the way, the team had to face extreme weather conditions and negotiate very difficult terrain. The team has had to trek 2-3 km every day to reach those picturesque real locations like Aru Valley in Kashmir to shoot the small hutments of the local shepherds called Bakarwals
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About The Gallery

Lavish dramas may rule the box office, but stories set amidst Indian heartland reflecting the raw flavour of rural India has gripped Bollywood too. With 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' releasing this week, we look at films that have charmed the audience with their rustic appeal