How many Hindi films have been shot in Delhi ? Well, plenty ! Be it the demand of the story line or just a song sequence, film makers have often flirted with Delhi. Lodhi Gardens and the Buddha Jayanti Park were the farourite locations for the directors of 60s and 70s to shoot a song sequence or two for their films. Director Yash Chopra had a special fascination for Delhi and that showed in his films. Some part of most of his films’ story had Delhi as the backdrop.
The earliest film in the genre of Delhi being the part of the films, that comes to my mind is, Navketan’s ‘Tere Ghar ke Samne’. Directed by Vijay Anand, the film had the complete story line based in Delhi. A complete song, with Dev Anand romancing Nutan and singing, ‘Dil ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar…..’, was shot inside the Qutub Minar (those who have missed on being inside the Qutub Minar can avail from this song!). Another one from the same banner and the director, was ‘Nau Do Gyarah’. The film’s story begins in Delhi and then moves on to Bombay in hero Dev Anand’s truck while he sings ‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyaa Ke, Humse Kuchh Na Boliye. Then there was Nasir Hussain’s, ‘Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon’ which had some part of the film shot in the locales of Delhi and another, Shashi Kapoor Babita starrer, ‘Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati’ which had a couple of songs and scenes that were shot in Delhi.
In the early 70s – which also was the period of the beginning of the ‘off beat cinema’ in the bollywood – Basu Chatterji made Rajanigandha – the debut hindi film of Amol Palekar and Vidya Sinha. The first half of the film was extensively shot in Delhi.
Sai Paranjpe (my favourite director after Vijay Anand) who made her debut as a director in hindi films in the early 80s with ‘the cult film’, “Chashme Baddoor’, chose to shoot the whole film in Delhi.
Talking of cult, and hindi films shot in Delhi, ‘Rang De Basanti’ is one film, of late, that had Delhi in it’s entire story line and was extensively shot in the locales of Delhi.
Dil Se, Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai, Chini Kum, Dus Kahaniyan, Fana, Dil Dosti Etc, Khosla ka Ghosla and Sunday are few more films that come to my mind. Not to forget the mention of Meera Nair’s, ‘Monsoon Wedding’ !
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