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Youth and bollywood have walked parallel to each other for a long time now. Our cinema has been producing youth-centric movies which are based on stories revolving around the experiences and complexities of teenagers and their ups and downs, making teenagers able to relate and connect to these blockbusters.
What’s new to this concept is that instead of using sets and frames, directors have started shooting most of the scenes of a character's student life at some of the popular college campuses to give a more realistic feel to the film.
Which once started as an experiment, now can be seen as an upcoming trend with breathtakingly amazing college campuses serving as a classic backdrop for college based youth movies.
Let's see if you can remember all the ones from CollegeDekho's list of top 10 Colleges Campuses shot in bollywood movies:
Symbiosis University, Pune – Bodyguard:
The love story of Divya and her bodyguard, Lovely Singh, came to life on the campus of Symbiosis University, Pune. The campus is spread across massive acres of land and makes a perfect choice for director's due to its scenic beauty.
The movie Bodyguard, starring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor, was shot here in 40 days. In the same year, romantic comedy 'Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge' was released, and that too was shot on the Symbiosis campus.
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad- 2 States
Based on Chetan Bhagat's novel, the movie shows a beautiful love story between a Punjabi and a Tamil Brahmin. Just the way it was mentioned in the movie, each and every college scene was shot on the campus ranging from classrooms and hostels to canteens and corridors.
St Xavier's, Mumbai- Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
The St Xavierâ??s, Mumbai has been playing host to many bollywood films and advertisments for a long time now. Jane Tu Ya Jane Na and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, both circling around college friendships blooming into love romances, were shot on the campus of St Xavierâ??s, Mumbai. The classic vintage architecture as well as the antique windows act no less than a beautiful set for a bollywood flick.
Indian Institute Of Management, Bangalore- 3 Idiots
Apparently Indian Institute Of Management, Bangalore served as the perfect technical Institute in the movie 3 Idiots. The movie circled around the importance of friendship and knowledge, in the life of 3 college students.
Even though some parts of the campus sets were created, one can see the lobby, foyer, hostel rooms, the C and D block, and the quadrangle from the institute itself.
IP University – No One killed Jessica
This movie, based on the true story of the Jessica Lal Murder case was shot at the Dwarka Campus of IP University, Delhi. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma center was also used for a day shoot for one of the scenes in the movie.
Grant Medical College, Mumbai- Munna Bhai MBBS
We saw Munna Bhai making his way to a fake degree to giving “Jadu ki Jappi” to the students of the college here on this campus. Yes! We met our favourite “Munna Bhai MBBS” and his beloved childhood friend “Chinki” in this college.
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun- Lakshya
The Indian Military Academy, Dehradun not only gave India fearless soldiers in real but also, served as a backdrop in Hrithik Roshan’s hit movie ‘Lakshay’. In the movie, the discipline of the Institute changes a confused, inactive and lazy boy into a bold, brave and courageous soldier of India. The story which could be quite relatable to many students who have passed out from the institute.
Forest Research Institute – Student of the year
The Forest Research Institute of Dehradun, not only played host to the movie ‘Student of the Year’ but also to many blockbuster hits like ‘Krishna Cottage, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein and Paan Singh Tomar’.
This larger than life college, with its vibrant environment, beautifully designed canteens, modern libraries, et al gave a very filmy feel to the movie and made every student jealous of this oh-so-fancy college.
HR College for Commerce and Economics, Mumbai- “Wake Up! Sid!”
HR College for Commerce and Economics, the name of the institute itself is soooo long, no wonder “Sid” was sleeping the entire time he took it.
Haha! We are just kidding!
This college played host to the iconic film “Wake Up! Sid!” starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen which turned out to be a big hit on the screen and widely appreciated among the youth.
Delhi University is one of the most popular choice among Indian directors. Many movies have been shot in Delhi University, among them the famous ones are:
- Hansraj College- ‘Band Bajaa Baraat’, ‘Dev-D’
- Hindu College- ‘Rockstar’, ‘Dil, Dosti Etc’
- Miranda House- ‘Fukrey’ ‘Special 26’
- St. Stephens- ‘Rockstar’
- Kirori Mal College- ‘Milenge Milenge’ ‘Do Dooni Chaar’
- Ramjas College- ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’
- Indian Institute of Mass Communication- ‘Raanjhanaa’
The college life shown in most of the above movies sometimes seems far from reality and we, students like to stay there; in that world, where songs are sung by the fellow students in order to welcome the protagonists, and where impromtu dance sequences turn into a perfectly rehearsed show and where unlike the real world, everyone has their own magical happy ending.
With a stream of movies working their magic on the silver screen using real locations instead of hoax ones, the entire concept has gained extended popularity among the audience and has given another reason for students to bunk classes and watch them!
Do comment below to if you think we have missed out on any college campus that has played a Super Star in any of the popular flicks! :)