Often, films have a small segment of the plot in a college backdrop. Either that’s that baseline of the movie or it shows how the love story blossomed. At first these shootings were done at film studios itself, but slowly Bollywood movies decided to make a deal with various institutions in India that provided the right backdrop for their stories and to use their place for shooting. Here are some of the top schools and colleges that are now a part of Bollywood:
1. Symbiosis University – Bodyguard
The popular MBA institute in Pune was part of two films till date. Even though it’s known for its appearance for the movie Bodyguard, if you looked closely in the movie Mujhse Fraanship Karoge, you can spot some of the campus sites in this movie too.
2. IIM A – 2 states
To maintain the authenticity of the story-line, the movie 2 States was shot in the campus of the IIM Ahmedabad Institute. Literally, every aspect of the college that was mentioned in the movie was shot in the original campus and not in the studio.
3. IIM B – 3 idiots
Apparently, the top engineering institute of India as mentioned in 3 idiots was the campus of none other than the IIM Bangalore. Even though parts of the campus were created, the C block and the D block and quadrangle were from the institute itself.
4. Delhi University – Rang De Basanti
The DU is a haven for Bollywood Films. With so many colleges as a part of the campus, many movies had the opportunity of using this university for their movie. Famous movies that were shot here are Rang De Basanti, Rockstar, Fukrey and Band Baaja Baarat.
5. St. Xavier’s College – Jaane Tu YA Jaane Na
After K2H2, the next popular movie that was shot here was Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. However, the campus of this college has always made a lot of appearances in various advertisements over the years.
6. IP University – No One Killed Jessica
No One Killed Jessica, 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.
7. HR College Of Commerce – Wake Up Sid
The youthful entertainer starring Ranbir and Konkana in quite perky roles were partly shot in the campus of HR College of Commerce.
8. Forest Research Institute – Student of the year
The grand school where the dean hosts an annual event where the all-rounder student is given a scholarship was shot in the Forest Research Institute. Other movies that were shot here are Krishna Cottage, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein and Paan Singh Tomar.
9. St. Pauls School – Main Hoon Na
Remember the big campus where S.R.K. used to propose to Sushmita Sen or the grand climax where the fight concludes on the edge of the college building! Well, the location is a real institute as such. It’s St. Pauls School at Darjeeling.
10. IMA – Lakshya
Well, Hrithik went from being lazy to being an army man, in the movie Lakhsya. And in order to ensure that he did the right way, the movie was shot at the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun. That’s quite a bold move to take for shooting a movie for the sake of authenticity.
11. 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.
12. Daly College, Indore- Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
The college shown in the movie where Kajol and Salman meet is located in Salman’s birth city Indore. It was founded by Sir Henry Daly of the British Indian Army during India’s colonial British Raj.
Clearly, the DU campus is the winner as Delhi University is one of the most popular choices 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’