The quintessential Indian villages have often played a key role in our films. Bollywood loves to set its films in the heartland of India, exploring rustic locales, characters and situations. We take a look at some of the most famous villages shown in Indian movies.

1 Ramgarh in Sholay (Ramnagara in Karnataka)

With his ‘Kitni Aadmi The?’ and ‘Holi… Kab Hai Holi?’ Gabbar Singh terrorised an entire generation of Indian cinema watchers in the fictional town of Ramgarh in Sholay. Ramgarh was actually set in a place called Ramnagara in Karnataka, 50 km away from Bangalore, famous for its Chunchi Falls and granite hills.

2 Charanpur in Swades (Wai in Maharashtra)

Charanpur, the village in which SRK came back to from the US, was actually set in the district of Wai in Maharashtra, around 80 km away from Pune. Wai is famous for its large number of temples and plentiful ghats.

3 Champaner in Lagaan (Kanuria in Gujarat)

For the village of Champaner in Lagaan, Ashutosh Gowariker chose an ancient village called Kanuria, just outside Bhuj in Gujarat. With its dusty and dry landscape, this provided the perfect setting for the movie, which went on to gain iconic status in Bollywood.

4 Kolipad in Iqbal (Tenali in Andhra Pradesh)

Shreyas Talpade fought his way into the Indian cricket team from the village of Kolipad in the inspiring story of Iqbal, which received a lot of critical acclaim. Kolipad was actually set in a placed called Tenali in Andhra Pradesh, close to Guntur and Vijayawada, and famous for its many temples.

5 Budbuda in Billu (Pollachi in Tamil Nadu)

The picturesque village of Budbuda, where Irrfan Khan lived, was actually a place called Pollachi in Tamil Nadu, located around 40 km south of Coimbatore. Pollachi is famous for its Aliyar Dam as well as the nearby hill station, Valparai.

6 Sundarapandianpuram in Roja (Kurtalam in Tamil Nadu)

There are few Indian film-lovers who were not charmed by the simple beauty of ‘Dil Hai Chhota Sa’ from Roja. Some of the gorgeous waterfall scenes were shot in a place called Kurtalam in Tamil Nadu, also known as ‘the Spa of South India’ for the large number of waterfalls in the area.