Kolkata is one of the few cities in India which has retained its regal appeal and old world charm. The ‘stuck in time’ outlook of this city makes it look classy and aristocratic. Kolkata is a city which will leave you mesmerised and in awe. Bollywood industry has a special liking for the Cultural Capital of India, the home of revolutionaries of colonial India, a city whose population is more proud of how old it is, rather than all the new that it has to offer.
The rustic look of the city is great for that exemplary cinematographic appeal for making a movie. For almost a decade now, Kolkata has been in the good books of filmmakers. There is a sense of novelty involved in most of the movies shot in this city, which acts like a breath of fresh air to the audience.
Here we have listed few films which portray the old world charm of Kolkata :
A musical romantic drama film adaption of 1914 Bengali film, Parineeta was directed by debutant Pradeep Sarkar. It featured Vidya Balan (in her Bollywood debut), Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. Parineeta was also showcased at prominent International film festivals. It’s story is based in the year 1962 and it took them one and a half years to script this film.
Based on novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Devdas is a 2002 romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It is the first film version done in colour. Set in early 1900s, this movie by Bhansali is another masterpiece narrated on celluloid. The costumes, dialogues, acting, dance and music – everything about it was perfect!
A comedy-drama directed by Shoojit Sircar, Piku is an endearing movie about an eccentric Bengali family. It presents a very realistic view of everyday life of a typical Indian family. It gently tugs on your heartstrings, as it showcases the lovable bond between a 30-year-old daughter and her 70-year-old father who suffers from constipation. However, only a part of this film has been shot in Kolkata, it will always remain in the list of one of the best movies of contemporary cinema.
4. Byomkesh Bakshi
An action mystery thriller directed by Dibakar Banerjee, it’s story is based on the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi created by Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. Set in 1940s, it is a contemporary interpretation of war-torn Kolkata. This movie will take you on a journey into the colonial city of the 1940s, with its old world charm.
5. Amar Prem
Amar Prem is a masterpiece from the golden era of Indian cinema. This romantic drama is a remake of Bengali film Nishi Padma and portrays the deterioration of human values and relationships.