Bollywood has some iconic movies based on college life to its credit. Movies like Rang de Basanti and 3 Idiots were a huge hit at the box office while getting equally good reviews by the critics. To make the story look genuine and characters close to the actual life in these institutes, the filmmakers decided to shoot in real college campuses.
Here’s a look at 10 Indian colleges campuses which became famous after Bollywood movies were shot in them.
2 States- IIM Ahmedabad
Based on a book written by Chetan Bhagat, the movie revolves around the love story of two management students from North and South India and was shot in the same college he studied at. IIM Ahmedabad was the location for all the scenes depicting the college life of actors Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhat and the beauty of the backdrop, clearly stole the show.
Raanjhana- IIMC, New Delhi
Some parts of this popular movie starring Sonam Kapoor, Dhanush and Abhay Deol was shot at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi. In the film, it is shown as JNU which is not too far from reality as IIMC is inside the JNU campus.
3 Idiots- IIM Bangalore
Another movie adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s novel Five Point Someone was shot at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. The movie revolves around the lives of three engineering students (Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and R Madhavan) who are studying at Imperial College of Engineering. The viewers get to see the lobby, foyer, hostel rooms and different sections of the sprawling campus throughout the movie which went on to become an insanely huge blockbuster at the box office.
Bodyguard- Symbiosis, Pune
Owing to the scenic beauty around its campus, Symbiosis was chosen as the place for shooting Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer Bodyguard. Like all Salman Khan movie, Bodyguard was a huge hit among the masses and the Symbiosis campus definitely drew attention of everyone who was watching the movie.
Rockstar- St Stephen’s College, New Delhi
Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Rockstar was shot at Delhi University’s premium college St Stephen’s. The movie also shows the infamous rivalry between the Hindu college and St Stephen’s college which stand opposite each other and are separated by a single road. It would be interesting to note that Imtiaz Ali is an alumni of Hindu College and started its dramatics society Ibtida.
Student of The Year- Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
The movie, which marked the acting debut of Alia Bhat, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra, was shot at the picturesque campus of Forest Research Institute in Dehradun. It was a high budget move and the college campus was portrayed as that of a school to give it a look of a really high end institution.
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na- St Xavier's, Mumbai
Now this one was hard to miss with the opening song and initial scenes of the movie having been elaborately filmed at the reputed college. The movie was a huge hit among the youngsters, and had Imran Khan and Genelia D Souza in pivotal roles. It revolved around the life of a bunch of college kids and their struggle with finding a true romantic partner.
Fukrey- Miranda House, Delhi University
Shown as a co-education Delhi university college, Fukrey was actually shot in Miranda House which is a premier girls college affiliated to Delhi University. The movie released in 2013 and starred Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Ali Fazal and Manjot Singh in lead roles. The story revolves around the life of four slacker boys from Delhi and their transformation into responsible young adults.
Apart from these, movies like Band Baaja Baraat and Tanu Weds Manu Returns were also shot at Indian college campuses and went on to connect amazingly well with the youth.