For decades, we have seen Bollywood movies that have been set in a small town. Writers, musicians, artists have said from centuries that their works are usually inspired from nature or things that happen on a daily basis.

Some of the movies that were set in small towns have garnered a massive global appeal. Here are few of those –

1. Swades


This movie was about an Indian project manager in NASA whose life changes after he takes a trip to Charanpur, a village in Central India.

2. Peepli Live


Peepli Live explored the topic of “farmer suicides” and the subsequent media and political response. The rural setting of the film played canvas to its twisted and entertaining characters.

3. Dum Laga Ke Haisha

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The unexplored love story was created in the backdrop of the 90s and was beautifully set the in Haridwar.

4. Gangs Of Wasseypur


Directed by Anurag Kashyap, this film revolves around the coal mafia of Dhanbad, Jharkhand. Now considered a landmark in Indian cinema, Gangs of Wasseypur forever changed the way the world looked at Dhanbad.

5. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

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The movie starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar was about sanitation awareness. The film has a story based in two small villages near Mathura.

6. Sui Dhaaga- Made In India

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The film is based on the Make in India campaign launched by the government which was aimed at promoting textile industries.

7. Stree

This comedy horror movie is based on an urban legend, Nale Ba. The movie is situated at Chanderi which is haunted by a unique myth. “Stree” calls out for men when they are alone and abducts them, leaving their clothes behind.

If you haven’t met “Stree” in the streets of Chanderi yet, book your tickets right here.