Hindi films based in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have been finding audiences’ love for a very long time now. But the trend seems to be on an unbelievable rise in 2017. Don’t you agree? Take a close look at all the successful Bollywood films released in 2017. You will see that most of the films were set in UP.
Yes, Uttar Pradesh has become the favourite of many filmmakers and films set against the backdrop of UP are finding a good audience at the ticket window. Films like Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Lucknow Central have not just been praised by critics, but have received an overwhelming response from the audience also. All these films have raked in impressive collections at the box office.
Lucknow Central being the latest example of a Uttar Pradesh based film with its main lead Farhan Akhtar playing a character of Kishen Mohan Girhotra from Moradabad. The film, which hit screens on 15th September, is receiving a warm reception from the audience.
Here is a roundup of all the movies based in Uttar Pradesh, which entertained the audience in 2017.
Lucknow Central: The latest film having UP as its backdrop is Lucknow Central. The film features Farhan Akhtar, Gippy Grewal, Diana Penty, Ronit Roy, Deepak Dobriyal, Rajesh Sharma and Inaamulhaq in important roles. It revolves Moradabadi Kishen. His character has a dream of making it big as a singer, but he is convicted of an alleged high-profile murder and is sent to one of the most dreaded jails – Lucknow Central. The film has garnered tremendous positive acclaim from film critics and is gradually making way to the audiences’ hearts with strong word of mouth.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan: This film is a rom-com starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar as the lead pair. The film revolves around a love story of Gurgaon boy falling in love with his lady love and their struggle throughout is the major highlight of the movie.
Bareilly Ki Barfi: The film is a quirky rom-com revolving around the character of Bitti played by Kriti Sanon alongside Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao in a love triangle. Bareilly Ki Barfi went on to become a sleeper hit of 2017.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha: The film was set against the backdrop of Mathura, a small town in UP. The film starred Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar. It is based on the issue of toilet sanitation faced by Indians living in rural areas of the country.The film went on to become a success at the box office.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania: This film brought to the audiences a romantic comedy shot in Jhansi, a small town in UP. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt were seen as the lead pair who are on a run to achieve their dreams. The film did fabulous business at the box office and entered the much-coveted Rs. 100 crores club.
The upcoming film Bhoomi, which marks Sanjay Dutt’s comeback to films, is also based in Uttar Pradesh.