11 Bollywood Movies That Recorded Lucknow In The Most Incredible Way!

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Known for its rustic charm infused with modernization, Lucknow is a city with its picturesque locales has wooed the heart of filmmakers’ time and again. From Imambara to recently built Ambedkar Park, Lucknow offers a perfect backdrop for Bollywood movies.

Here we bring you top 11 Bollywood films that captured the essence of Lucknow in the most impressive way.

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1. Shatranj Ke Khiladi

Set against the backdrop of the Oudh (Avadh) annexation, where Amjad Khan plays the role of Wajid Ali Shah (Nawab of Awadh), this film is a classic periodic drama. Helmed by Satyajit Ray the film captures the minarets and domes of the Bada Imambada.

2. Umrao Jaan

When it comes to Lucknow, how can we not include the 1981-Epic Umrao Jaan staring Rekha and Farooq Sheikh. Umrao Jaan is the story of a Lucknow courtesan with the same name and her rise to fame. Directed by Muzaffar Ali, the film was shot in Lucknow and its vicinity, Malihabad and Faizabad.

3. Ishaqzaade

The tale of fierce love and revenge with a dash of beautiful landscapes, Ishaqzaade has captured the beautiful city of Lucknow like no other. From Chand Bibi’s dance moves to the spirit of University’s Elections, the then newbies of B-Town Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Gauhar Khan brought the magic of the of the city on silver screen in the most magnificent manner.

4. Always Kabhi Kabhi

Starring Ali Faizal, this Bollywood film is completely shot in Lucknow. Set against the background of a high school, most of the scenes have been shot in La Martinere College, Lucknow. One of the most renowned institutions of Lucknow, Martinere College was founded in 1845 and has a global recognition.

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5. Bullett Raja

Set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh-based mafia while dealing with the political and industrial powers of the state, Bullet Raja is a total entertainer. Helmed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, the film stars Saif Ali Khan and Jimmy Shergil. The film has brought beautiful locations of Lucknow with full conviction.

6. Dawaat-e-Ishq

A gastronomical treat, Dawaat-e-Ishq deal with love for food. The lip smacking delicacies from Lucknow finds a special place in the film. Helmed by Habib Faisal, this Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapoor starer film, captures the city and its aura at its best!

7. Tanu Weds Manu

Though Tanu Weds Manu has been set at the backdrop of Kanpur, the film has captured the beauty of Lucknow in incredible way. The beautiful shots of Safed Baradari look mesmerizing topped with amazing acting of Kangana Ranaut, Jimmy Shergil and R Madhvan.

8. Youngistaan

The Jacky Bhagnani and Neha Sharma starer film, Youngistaan has captured the grandeur of Lucknowin most impressive way. The song ‘Suno na Sangmarmar’ has been completely shot in Ambedkar Memorial of Lucknow which is made up entirely with sandstone.

9. Jolly LLB

Akshay Kumar’s upcoming flick Jolly LLB 2 is the new entrant in the list of films shot in Lucknow. Slated to be released on February 10, the film depicts Akshay Kumar essaying the role of a lawyer from Lucknow. From monuments to the busy roads of Lucknow, the film will take you to every nook and corner of the city.

10. Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl

Ranveer Singh starrer Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl, is a glamorous con drama, that also covers Lucknow. The part of the film where Ranveer who essays a roll of con, dupes Aditi Sharma is set in Lucknow. From the chikan embroidery to Lucknavi tehzeeb and nazakat, the film has it all.

11. Gadar

The super hit film of its time, Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel starter Gadar was shot partly in Lucknow. The campus of La Martiniere Boy’s school was the shooting locale for the movie which was shown as Lahore to its audience.

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