Uttar Pradesh has been the charm of Bollywood for years. From Mughal-e-Azam (1960) to Sultan (2016), this land of architectural splendour and majestic legacy has served as a silver-screen magnet. It has remained to be the background for thousands of epic movies since the olden era. In fact, both for the fans of films or of travelling, U.P. has pretty much to offer.
For the movie buffs and globetrotters alike, there are various factors that would inspire in you the desire to rove the heartland of India, Uttar Pradesh.
The wondrous land of U.P. truly provides an insight into the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India. Due to which the cities here are in high demand by Hindi filmmakers. The vibrant state has frequently fascinated Bollywood, from Pakeezah, Umrao Jaan and Shatranj Ke Khiladi in the past to Sehar, Masaan, Banaras and Umrao Jaan in the 2000s. The movies really captured the cultural opulence of the place and hence succeeded in winning the hearts of the millions.
The vividness of the state in the form of fests and fiestas have also captured the attraction and attention of many film makers. The movies, engrained into the spirit of the state, have effectively featured the traditions and customs, the weddings and festivals, the lifestyle and ethos of the UPites.
U.P. is a land of unspeakable grandeurs. The architectural wonders as Taj Mahal, Bada Imambada, Ramnagar Fort, Agra Fort, St John’s College, Rumi Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri, Baradari, Mehtab Bagh and so on have lured the movie makers since an age. The cinematic landmark of the 60’s, Mughal-e-Azam captures most of its breath taking scenes in the monuments located in U.P. For instance, the legendary song Pyaar kiya to darna kya is shot in an expensive set created in Sheesh Mahal in the Agra Fort. Besides, the movies as Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Pardes, Tanu Weds Manu, Bunty Aur Babli, Tevar, Youngistaan, Slumdog Millionaire, Yamla Pagla Deewana Mere Brother Ki Dulhan etc. really showcase the spellbinding sites of the region that instil the desire to divulge into the magnificence of U.P
Moreover, many private properties in the state have also attracted the heed of Bollywood. To name a few Ahmed Manzil, where films Tanu Weds Manu, Ishaqzaade and Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, etc have been shot; Salempur House, where films like Dabangg 2, Jaanisaar and Umrao Jaan have been shot, Khajurgaun Palace, where the filming of Bullett Raja took place; La Martiniere College, where films like Gadar and Always Kabhi Kabhi have been shot.
The land of U.P. certainly offers a feast to minds that love to travel – be it nature or history. From the picturesque Ghats of Varanasi, lush green gardens of Lucknow, and spiritual sites of Allahabad, to the edifices of boundless beauty as Mahmudabad palace in Barabanki, a blend of scenic beauty and piousness would definitely tempt you to this attractive land. The movies highlighting its scenic beauty are- Haasil, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Raanjhanaa, Dedh Ishqiya, Masaan and many more.
Besides, many literary genii and music maestros in the recent past have been an inspiration to a string of Bollywood movies. The contribution of virtuosos like Munshi Premchand, Kaifi Azmi, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Naushad Ali, Talat Mahmood, Birju Maharaj, just to name a few, is hard to ignore.
Thus, the beautiful state of Uttar Pradesh, in one or the other way, has always been an inspiration to weave stories. Romancing with Bollywood, its unique features have made the state a perfect destination for the Big Screen setting.