5 Movies Set in Kolkata That We Adored

5 Movies Set in Kolkata That We Adored

Can’t wait to visit Kolkata? Feeling already giddy with excitement and curiosity?

Let us amplify the intensity – check out these 5 movies that captures the beauty and true essence of Kolkata, the city of joy like no other. Its dwindling socio-political history, rich cosmopolitan culture, captivating architecture and throbbing erstwhile enigma are enough to attract scores of travelers!

Kahaani (2012)

This mega Bollywood thriller is noted for its astute portrayal of the city! Count on the film, if you want to take a detour of the city’s decked up narrow alleyways, dingy corners of Kumortuli, historic charm reflected on the crumbling buildings and oldest neighborhoods of North Kolkata, all during the festival Durga Puja, Kolkata’s pride and legacy!

What’s more, the premise of a pregnant woman looking for her missing husband will certainly keep you on the edge of your seats the whole time.

Piku (2015)

Largely shot at the Nonapukur Tram Depot, Laha Bari and some parts of North Kolkata, Piku is a successful Bollywood comedy drama about a short-tempered Probashi Bangali, Piku Banerjee and her grumpy, aging father. Though set partly in Kolkata, the spectacular city shots will leave you craving for more, DEFO.

Antaheen (2009)

Overlapping monsoon clouds emerging from the distant horizon, stunning visuals of the rain-soaked metropolis and quaint humdrums of daily life makes Antaheen a delightful watch. It’s a take on contemporary relationships of urban India with Kolkata as a pleasing background.

Realistic and relatable characters, soulful background score and stunning cinematography are brownie points!

Parineeta (2005)

This romantic musical drama has been an adaption of 1914 Bengali novella Parineeta written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Though the movie revolves around two childhood sweethearts belonging from different social statuses, the beauty and grandeur of post-British era Kolkata steals the show. No wonder, an early twentieth century Kolkata was a clear winner!

A large portion of the movie was shot in the different locales of the city, including an entire song that was shot at the majestic James Princep Memorial.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015)

With a backdrop set in Kolkata during WWII, this movie is a popular Bollywood mystery thriller exploring the adventures of Bengali fictional truth-seeker, Byomkesh Bakshy created by the bestselling author Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. Surely, Kolkata in its gloomiest, mysterious and darkest best is one of the notable giveaways of this critically acclaimed film.

Feeling inspired?

Perhaps, unsurprisingly, Kolkata is a very popular travelling destination; its historical significance, architectural delights and vibrant cosmopolitan nature are instant crowd-pullers. So, if you happen to visit the city of joy, do take a look at its numerous hotels with free breakfast Kolkata. They swear by impeccable hospitality, superior customer service and modern amenities.

Hotel VIP International is one of the most comfortable yet budget hotels in Central Kolkata. Their rooms are spacious, clean and well-equipped. With 24-hours room service, this hotel ensures an excellent stay experience without thinning your wallet.


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