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Movies From U.P. And Bihar Have Gone Onto Become Mega Hits As They Resonate With The Real People


Recently I reacted to the trailer of Bareilly Ki Barfi and in it one thing that jumped out to me as pointed in the article was how well it captured the UP quirks and habits.

And it brings me to the fact that in the past few years or especially since 2010 or so, Bollywood has slowly been gravitating towards local destinations rather than the more exotic ones.

Where I believe that the 90s era was the one for exotic places like U.S., Switzerland, London and more, made famous by Yash Raj movies and Karan Johar, the times since 2010 directors have slowly been turning their interest to more local places in the country.

While Chandni (Chandni 1989) and DDLJ (1995) made people salivate over the rolling mountain tops of Switzerland and the wide, wide fields of Europe, on the other hand, films like Dev D (2009) showed Delhi and  Chandigarh in completely new light with Raanjhanaa (2013) brought alive the lanes of Varanasi.

Though I cannot help but notice the extreme fascination that Bollywood has developed with U.P. and Bihar in the recent few years.

U.P. and Bihar have become a popular destination for Bollywood films to be based in and getting those quirks and tidbits of these places could be one reason why the trailer of Bareilly Ki Barfi was so well received.

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But why exactly is Bollywood so in love with this region?

Audience Is No Longer Interested In Foreign Locales

To be honest and this is not just my own opinion but a more popular one that I have seen by a lot of different people, offline and online, is the receding interest in foreign or exotic destinations as one might say.

The audience no longer seems to be mesmerized by the shores of Hawaii, or New York or London or even Switzerland for that matter.

Or more should I say that they are not interested in the unnecessary addition of these places into the movie.

If it makes sense for the plot and characters to be there, sure it is enjoyable, but no longer is the 90s formula working of basing a song in a foreign location.

The audience just thinks it is tacky and irrelevant to the plot.

On the other hand, film goers are increasingly becoming interested in the small towns and hidden nooks and crannies of their own country that they have not seen yet.

Or even their own city being the place of a film is something that induces pride and intrigue in the audience.

Seeing the small lanes of Bihar, or the Chandni Chowk market of Delhi or the pols of Gujarat always create an added interest in the audience.

Reflecting The Local Culture

Movies like Dabangg, Sultan, Masaan, Jolly LLB (1st), Tanu Weds Manu and of course the uber popular Gangs of Wasseypur series were all set in the U.P. region.

But it wasn’t the location entirely that interested the audience, it was how these films managed to capture the local culture, habits, dialect and even the way of standing, walking, and dancing (Salman Khan’s famous dance step in Dabangg 1 was said to be taken straight from normal men dancing at weddings).

It was the inclusion of the local culture and people that pulled people in as who doesn’t like to see things they are familiar with or have done themselves to be replicated by their favourite actor.

This also made it extremely relatable for the audience and allowed them to form a stronger connection with the movie. Which could have prompted them to not only recommend it further but also go and watch it again.

Then it is also the small quirks and stereotypes that although we fight against but know are actually true that we see in these movies that interest us more.

A big reason why movies like Tanu Wed Manu, Dabangg and even the recent trailer of Bareilly Ki Barfi was so well received and liked by the audience.

Which brings me to the point of how more and more Bollywood movies are choosing U.P. or Bihar as base locations for their movies and doing everything they can to get the local culture out.

Just take Bareilly Ki Barfi and in its trailer only you can see so many different quirks and traits of U.P. people captured perfectly. Even the language, with the father using words like ‘sandaas’ and all, is typical U.P.

And just tell, who doesn’t love their typical way of giving a gaali, or if you are a UPite yourself, you will know the satisfaction of giving one yourself.

Rajkumar Rao in Bareilly Ki Barfi has splendidly convinced us that somewhere he hails from U.P. in this movie.

And it is these very things that just gets us more excited about movies that show India’s local culture and highlight it instead of hiding it or worse making fun of it.

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Chirali Sharma
Chirali Sharma
Weird. Bookworm. Coffee lover. Fandom expert. Queen of procrastination and as all things go, I'll probably be late to my own funeral. Also, if you're looking for sugar-coated words of happiness and joy in here or my attitude, then stop right there. Raw, direct and brash I am.


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