8 Bollywood Movies Based on Small Towns That Impressed Us

Bollywood is known for its glamorous films shot at exotic foreign locations. Such films became a medium through which people were able to transport themselves to these beautiful places and in a wishful way experience the fancier things in life. With changing times, Bollywood content has matured and how. Now movies are also being made about unique stories that depict the lives of the people living in small towns of the country. More often than not, such movies turn out to be absolute gems. Many times, these movies might not perform as well as the typical commercial films, but they do manage to move us and leave a lasting impact in our minds.

Here are eight Hindi films that made us forget the city lights and gave us the taste of small towns.

Swades
This film is a story of an NRI, a project manager in NASA, whose life changes after he takes a trip to Charanpur, a village in Central IndiaAshutosh Gowariker directed the film, who shot the rural parts of this movie in a village in SataraMaharashtra.

Omkara
This Vishal Bharadwaj movie was an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello. This film has a political twist and shows how that affects the lives of a group of people in a village in Uttar Pradesh. To achieve the authentic look of the village, this movie was shot in locations in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

Gangs of Wasseypur
Directed by Anurag Kashyap, this film became an instant hit on release. This crime drama revolves around the coal mafia of DhanbadJharkhand. The movie was ably shouldered by some stellar performances by Manoj BajpayeeNawazuddin SiddiquiRicha Chadda and Huma Qureshi.

Masaan
This film was the directorial debut of Neeraj Ghaywan. In this film, two parallel stories connect in the end. Set in Varanasi, Masaan tastefully depicted in the movie.   

Udaan
Here’s a coming-of-age movie that showed us the complex and tumultuous relationship of a father and son. This Vikramaditya Motwane film was based and shot in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.

Tanu Weds Manu
Directed by Aanand L. Rai, this one has now become a cult film. It stars Kangana RanautR. Madhavan, and Jimmy Shergill in lead roles. This film is based in Kanpur and was also shot in Lucknow.

Aligarh
This movie was based on a real-life incidentManoj Bajpayee plays the protagonist in the movie who is put through hell due to his sexual orientation. As the title suggests, this film is based in AligarhUttar Pradesh.

Haraamkhor
Here’s another indie film that packs a punch. This Nawazuddin Siddiqui-
starrer was shot in 16 days in a small village in Gujarat. When you look at the trailer, this film looks simple and playful but as the movie progresses, many dark shades are revealed.

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