Banaras is not only a holy city that houses a number of religious places but it is also home to a number of breathtaking locations. The city is so beautiful that even Bollywood couldn’t stop itself from featuring in different films. Over the years, this sacred destination has often captured the fancy of many Indian filmmakers and has contributed as key location in a number of Bollywood films. The classic charm, rustic appeal, historical grace and the strong spiritual connection of Banaras attracts many filmmakers to showcase this place in their films. Explore the Bollywood films that have been shot in Banaras.
Released on 2nd October, 2003, this Bengali drama film is based on the Tagore’s famous novel of the same name. The film was directed by Rituparno Ghosh and Aishwarya Rai, Prasenjit and Raima Sen played the lead roles in this film. The award-winning and critically acclaimed movie was shot in the Ramnagar Fort of Varanasi. The fort is situated on the banks of river Ganga and is supposed to be extremely charming location in this city.
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This Indo-Canadian film was released on 9th September, 2005. Written and directed by Deepa Mehta, the background of the film has been set against the lives of widows in Varanasi. Lisa Ray, John Abraham and Seema Vishwas played the leading roles in this film. The film captures the story of Banaras but it couldn’t shot there due to the protest.
The name of the film itself declares that it is based on the city of Banaras. The film was released on 7th April, 2006 and features Urmila Matondkar, Dimple Kapadia and Asmit Patel in lead roles. The film was based on various issues like castle system, honor killing and economical disparities.
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Made under Yash Raj Banner, this incredible film was directed by Pradeep Sarkar and released on 12th October, 2007. The lead roles in the film were played by Rani Mukerji, Konkana Sen, Jaya Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan. The main family in this film lives near the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi. The film has shown different facets of Banaras in various parts and made this city an integral part of it.
This beautiful film marked the Bollywood debut of South India’s superstar – Dhanush. The film released on 21st June, 2013 and was set in Banaras. The lead characters of the film were settled in Banaras. Other leading roles were played by Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol. The movie brilliantly captures the charm of the Banaras ghats and its lanes and takes you on a journey of this classic city.
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It is another beautiful film that is set in the beautiful city of Varanasi. Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, this movie was released on 24th July, 2015. Masaan showcases two different stories from the city of Banaras that are very engaging and connecting. Richa Chadda, Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra and Sweta Tripathi played the leading role in this film.
Not released so far, Mohalla Assi is basically the story of Banaras. The trailer of this film has caused a stir among the viewers. As per the reports, most part of this film has been shot at the ghats of Varanasi. Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar have been playing the lead role in this film.
Mulk is another film that has been shot in the densely populated area of Varanasi. The film has beautifully captured the spirit of Banaras as the family members of Mulk are seen on a street from Varanasi. The city has played an important role in Rishi Kapoor and Tapsee Pannu starring Mulk film location. With huge footfall of pilgrims and tourists, Banaras is definitely one of the most visited destinations in India by global as well as domestic tourists. It has managed to catch the attention of cinematographers and filmmakers from last many years. Other films like Ghatak, Bas Itna Sa Khwab hai, Ram Teri Ganga Maili and more have portrayed Banaras. So, fly to Banaras with cheap domestic flight tickets at EaseMyTrip to capture the essence of these films and the city.