Gone are the days when movie shoots would happen only in closed studios or a handful of cities that offered a picturesque landscape. The national capital of India has been a part of the backdrop in several film shoots from times bygone, each exploring a different flavour of the city. Today, we take you on a tour of popular movie shooting locations in Delhi, which you may or may not have spotted in your favourite films! By Anushka Goel
Think of Delhi, and the mind conjures up images of bustling Connaught Place, the majestic Qutub Minar and Red Fort, and the busy streets of Chandni Chowk and Old Delhi. Delhi brings to mind the flavours of street side chaat and plates of chole bhature. Delhi also brings with it the sights of Bangla Sahib, Akshardham Temple, Jama Masjid and other places of worship. Delhi is synonymous with the comfort of warm sun on your skin on a chilly winter afternoon, and umpteen ice golas on a hot summer day.
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Delhi is definitely a vibe. It is a mix of old-world charm mixed with modern architecture. This vibe that the city exudes has been captured in several Bollywood movies over the years. From its dingy streets to monuments, each have found a place in cinematic history. Today, we explore some such movie shooting locations in Delhi.
Delhi movie shooting locations that depict the various sides of the city
Among the most romantic places in Delhi for a date, Qutub Minar has also been featured in several movies, including the Kajol and Aamir Khan-starrer, Fanaa. The minaret is great for warm winter walks, as you roam about hand-in-hand with your partner. It is also great for a family picnic, or in case you want to go on a heritage tour!
Another must-visit monument in Delhi, the place houses the tomb of Humayun, the Mughal king. Some of the movies this beautiful destination has been featured in are Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Fitoor. With Sunder Nursery close by, this monument makes for a must-visit, especially during rains or winters. Be it a date, a picnic walk or a day out with friends, Humayun’s Tomb will definitely not disappoint.
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Delhi University colleges
Delhi’s college life has been featured in several films. The markets, red-brick campuses and chai-samosas have made their way into countless campus stories. Some of these are Fukrey, Half Girlfriend and Band Baaja Baaraat, which have been shot at Delhi University colleges.
One movie where you cannot miss Hauz Khas is Tamasha. The song, Agar Tum Saath Ho, and several other scenes have been shot at this iconic destination in Delhi, where other movie shoots have also happened. Hauz Khas is known for its plush cafes and boutique stores, which give it a classy, colourful vibe.
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Nothing speaks of Delhi’s charm like Old Delhi. Be it Daryaganj or Chandni Chowk or Jama Masjid, Delhi is incomplete without these streets and localities. Their beauty has been captured in movies such as Delhi-6, Chandni Chowk To China, Fukrey and countless others.
Located in Central Delhi, Connaught Place is the go-to haunt for shoppers, youngsters, families and basically everyone. With ample eateries, stores, historical places and an old-world vibe, this British-style marketplace is for everyone. No wonder it has been featured in many movies centred around Delhi, including 3 Idiots and Chef!
The place that has been home to the Amar Jawan Jyoti for years, India Gate has been part of many montage shots when filmmakers had to showcase Delhi. The place has also been featured in movies as a site for protests – be it Rang De Basanti or No One Killed Jessica, the monument has a place in cinematic history like none other.
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Is a visit to Delhi even complete without Lajpat Nagar? We thought as much! And the place, a popular shopping destination, is where you’ll find people purchasing their lehengas and suits for the festive season. The market was featured in some scenes from the film Queen, in which the OG Queen (Kangana Ranaut) plays a west Delhi girl.
Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah comes alive in the evenings with soulful Sufi music. This was portrayed in the movie Rockstar, in the song Kun Faya Kun. The Dargah has also been featured in movies such as Bajrangi Bhaijaan and showcases yet another unique side of Delhi.
Subhash Nagar and Rajouri Garden
The popular bread pakoda scene in Band Baaja Baaraat happens in Subhash Nagar. The area, along with the nearby Rajouri Garden, is quintessential to West Delhi and showcases another side of Delhi that the city is known for. These destinations are also great for some Punjabi food and lots of shopping!
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