6 Bollywood FIlms Which Proved That The 'Desi' Stories From Small Towns In India Is The New Way To Go

There was a time Bollywood movie was’nt good enough if it did not show the heroine clad in chiffon saree on the peak of Alps or other European locations. As an observant cine-goer, you must have noticed that of late Bollywood has shifted its attention from exotic and grand foreign locations and has been focusing closer home. One of the most compelling factors behind this shift in trend has been the kind of stories that Bollywood has been dealing with in recent times.

A list of some of the most successful films in the past few years clearly reflects than stories of small cities of India has done exceedingly well.

Whether it is the rustic charm of rural India or the intriguing juxtaposition of old and modern in the cities that are on the cusp of metropolitanism, Bollywood has captured the lesser known landscapes of the subcontinent.

Here is a list of eight films that showed the niche and desi destinations.


Lipstick Under My Burkha

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One of the most talked about films this year, the movie has the city of Bhopal as its backdrop. The narrative of the film is greatly enriched by the city’s persona which is trying to find a balance between old and modern and goes to show the vintage splendour that the city can boast of.


Raanjhnaa

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Though Varanasi has been portrayed in Bollywood films over and over again, the movies usually focused on the ancient religious appeal of the city and rarely chronicled the unique culture of the people residing there, without stereotypes. In this film, although the ghats and the meandering gallis make an appearance it also beautifully portrays real soul of the city which is much more than a pilgrimage.



Shudh Desi Romance

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Rajasthan has only appeared in period dramas in Bollywood with heroines dressed in elaborate costumes and jewellery peaking from the intricate jharokhas. This movie was a unique attempt to show the Jaipur is not a city only stuck in ancient grandeur of forts and palaces but it also houses real people, especially youth, who grapples with fairly common issues like complexities of modern relationships and the society’s rigid views, all while giving us an eyeful of the traditional beauty that it is known for.


Finding Fanny

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This movie has to go down in the history of Bollywood for being a movie that was shot in Goa yet never shows the beaches even for once. Moving away from the stereotypical image of Goa as we know it, as a hub of bikini clad foreigners on beaches and trippy rave parties, the movie was shot in lesser known Goan villages of Saligao, Cortalim, Parra, Assagaon and many more. It showed Goa as we have never seen it before and it honestly took our breath away.


Jagga Jasoos

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Another much-awaited recent film made a beautiful attempt to explore the undiscovered paradise that is India’s North Eastern states. Some of the scenes in the movie was actually shot in the picturesque landscape of Manipur that offered rare glimpses to unique natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the state.


Dum Laga Ke Haisha

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Another movie to capture the real Indian landscape was Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Set against the backdrop of Rishikesh, the movie not only had a very relatable storyline, but was perfectly able to capture the quiet and easy charm of Rishikesh with ghats, small bazaars and of course the gorgeous Laxman Jhula. 

- Avipsha Sengupta

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