Since the mid-’90s, Bollywood’s romantic films have been set around big cities, colleges and foreign locales. Now, the trend seems to be changing as an increasing number of filmmakers are turning to smaller towns as the setting for their love stories.
Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra’s Ishaqzaade (2012) was set in the quaint town of Almora, while Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor feel in love in Benares. Just-released Issaq is based in the bylanes of an Uttar Pradesh town. The latest on the list is Yash Raj Film’s (YRF) Shuddh Desi Romance (SDR) that’s set in Jaipur.
“A lot of filmmakers have personal exposure to small cities. And the charm of romance still exists in the hinterland, unlike in big cities, where it comes with a lot of cynicism,” says Issaq director Manish Tiwary. In fact, YRF has even gone a step ahead to conduct a 30-city research across the count