St Xavier's College, Mumbai: St Xavier’s College is a popular college situated in South Mumbai and has been a hot favourite for many Bollywood directors. From Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to Jaane Tu Ya Jane Na and the recent Rani Mukherjee starrer Hichki; all of these movies have been shot with St Xavier’s College as the backdrop. The college was last seen in movies such as Satyameva Jayate and Helicopter Eela. A few shots from Netflix series Lust Stories of actress Kiara Advani and Neha Dhupia were shot at St Xavier’s College campus and its library.
Wilson College, Mumbai: Situated amidst the backdrop of the Arabian Sea in South Mumbai, Wilson College is one of the city's prestigious education institute. Popular Hindi film, Dil Chahta Hai, the story of three friends; Sameer, Aakash and Sid which went on to become a cult film and a symbol of friendship in the minds and hearts of the young and the old was shot at Wilson College in Mumbai.
Sophia College, Mumbai: Situated in the popular hub of Breach Candy is one of Mumbai’s best college for women ‘Sophia College’. Shahid Kapoor’s movie Ishq Vishq that features Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao and Shehnaz Treasurywala in the lead role was shot at the well-known Sophia College in Mumbai. What’s more? Murder, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Good Boy Bad Boy, Marathi film Classmates and many more films have been shot at this pretty Mumbai college. Karishma Kapoor, Amrita Rao, Kiran Rao and many more celebrities are the notable alumni of this prestigious college.
HR College, Mumbai: Do you recall that iconic scene when Ranbir Kapoor fails his college exams and barges out of the gate in Wake Up Sid? If yes, then that’s HR College for you. Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics popularly known as HR College is located in Churchgate, South Mumbai
Fun fact: Before shooting 'Wake Up Sid' as an actor, Ranbir was also a student of HR College and he completed his HSC from the same college. Bollywood film director and producer Karan Johar to is a notable alumni of this college.
St Andrew’s School, Mumbai: St Andrew’s School situated in the heart of Bandra has been regularly showcased in Bollywood movies and many ad commercials. Akshay Kumar starrer movie 'Gabbar is Back' was shot at St Andrew's School, Bandra and the 2011 comedy film Kaccha Limboo was completely set against the backdrop of the famous school of Bandra.
Fun fact: Former Mumbai Police commissioner Rakesh Maria and Bollywood's iconic villain Amjad Khan who is popularly known for his role of 'Gabbar' are both notable alumni of this popular Bandra school.
Grant Medical College, Mumbai: The Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai is an iconic medical institute affiliated to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences,Nashik.
The college is located at Mazgaon in South Mumbai. You might remember the fictional Dr Munna from Munna Bhai MBBS who made us laugh with his one-liners and brought a smile on our face with his Jaddu Ki Jhappi. But do you know that the iconic classroom scene where Boman Irani gives induction lecture to aspiring doctors and the scene where Munna meets his beloved childhood friend “Chinki” were all shot at the prestigious Grant Medical College. Reita Faria Powell, the winner of Miss World 2001 is a notable alumnus of the Grant Medical College.
Symbiosis International University, Pune: You might remember Salman Khan following Kareena Kapoor Khan as her bodyguard wherever she went in the movie Bodyguard. From the classroom lectures to Salman riding the bicycle in the college campus; the two actors shot for over 40 days at Symbiosis International University. What's more? Yash Raj films movie 'Mujse Fraaaandship Karoge' was also shot here.
Symbiosis International University, officially Symbiosis International, is a deemed to be university located in Pune city.
Forest Research Institute, Dehradun: This educational institute has featured in movies such as 'Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein' and 'Paan Singh Tomar' to name a few. But it was Student of the Year movie that made this educational institute popular among the youngsters. Student of the Year depicted the typical college life that youngsters live by in their college days. In Student of the Year, the Forest Research Institute was shown as St. Teresa College and was much widely loved and appreciated.
IIM, Ahmedabad: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad is a public business school located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
The 2014 Bollywood drama film 2 States which featured actors Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor was an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s hit novel '2 States'. The movie was set with IIM Ahmedabad as its backdrop and base of the movie. In order, to make the movie authentic it was shot at IIM Ahmedabad as the author of the hit novel 2 States completed his MBA from this prestigious institution. From the college canteen to classrooms and huge campus; every aspect of the college was beautifully captured in the film '2 States'.
IIM, Bangalore: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore is a public management school and an Institute of National Importance located in Bangalore, Karnataka.
The coming-of-age comedy-drama film '3 Idiots' was the biggest blockbuster of 2009 and was shot at the prestigious IIM institute of Bangalore. One can recall the famous song 'All izz well' being set against the backdrop of the iconic institute. The famous ‘classroom’ scene where Sharman Joshi explains how the induction motor starts is still fresh in our memories and it became a hit with the audience instantly. Not only did the movie do well at the box office but the audience loved the campus even more!
Delhi University, Delhi: Well known and very popular for its amazing campus and the innumerable opportunities that the campus has to offer, Delhi University is also famous for the for the number of Bollywood films that have been shot here. Rockstar, Fukrey, Dev D are few of the films that have been shot over here. The last time Delhi University graced the cinema theatres were in the Kangana Ranaut movie ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’.
Most often than not, Bollywood movies have a school, college or an educational institute as a backdrop of the film. These iconic educational institutes have been an integral and indispensable part of the Bollywood films and its shoots. These educational institutes either form the baseline of the movie or it shows how love stories and friendships blossomed at these places. From Aamir Khan portraying a crazy college student in Rang De Basanti in the backdrop of Delhi University to Imran Khan and Genelia Deshmukh dancing to the beats of Kabhi Kabhi Aditi set against Mumbai’s iconic St Xavier’s College. Here's a look at the popular educational institutes which are shooting hot spots for Bollywood movies
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