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    9 Bollywood Movies That Are Set In Places That Are Not Mumbai And Delhi

    Here's to movies that really capture the essence of India's heartland.

    There was a time when high fashion, lavish parties, and fast-paced city life was the norm for Hindi films. However, over the last two decades, films are increasingly being set away from the glitz and glamour to tell a story from the heartland of India — its small towns and cities. We explore some films from the last decade that celebrated small towns in a way that they almost became a character in the film — alive and influential.

    1. Udaan (2010) — Jamshedpur

    Rajat Barmecha sitting on railway tracks cross-legged and writing in a notebook while a cargo train passes by on the parallel track

    2. Raanjhanaa (2013) — Varanasi

    Dhanush looks over as Sonam Kapoor walks past him on the streets of Varanasi

    3. Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) — Jaipur

    Sushant Singh Rajput and Vaani Kapoor together in a still from the song 'Gulaabi'

    4. Masaan (2015) — Varanasi

    Vicky Kaushal in a vest sitting on the riverbank of the Ganga with closed eyes and his face tilted up to the sky

    5. Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) — Haridwar

    Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurrana sitting on a bed and looking at each other in a still from the film

    6. Kapoor & Sons (2016) — Coonoor

    Alia Bhatt speaking to Fawad Khan in a still from the film

    7. Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) — Jhansi / Kota

    Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt in a still from the song 'Humsafar' from the film

    8. Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) — Bareilly

    Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana sitting on a lake side and reading a letter in a still from the film

    9. Kedarnath (2018) — Kedarnath

    Sara Ali Khan riding on a horse with Sushant Singh Rajput leading the horse up a mountain in a still from the movie