Bollywood has an inextricable link with colleges, thanks to the countless college-themed films that have been made over the years. Not surprisingly, some of the biggest hits have also been those that are based around college life, such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Main Hoon Na and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. While a lot of the times, reel-life colleges may not exactly have been shot in real colleges; there are quite a few academic institutions in our country which have frequently served as locations for Bollywood films. Sample the list of five such colleges.
- St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
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Its colonial charm has been immortalised in the song “Kabhi Kabhi Aditi” from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. Established in 1869, this is one of the oldest colleges in India. Its claim to fame also lies in the fact that the US President Barack Obama visited it for a talk during his first visit to India.
- IIM, Bangalore
Where great minds are honed
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It may not be common for B-schools to open their doors to film shootings; however IIM-B welcomed the filming of 3 Idiots, which went on to become one of the best movies on the Indian education system. The college was depicted as the best engineering institute in the country, hinting at IIT Delhi.
- St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
A champion among champions
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Unarguably, the best arts college in Delhi, St. Stephen’s was one of the shooting locations for Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. Ranbir Kapoor can be seen walking through the famed corridors of this legendary college which has preserved its rustic colonial feel.
- Hindu College, Delhi
The Bollywood star of North Campus
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This college has not only served as a shooting location for Bollywood movies but has also given the industry quite a few celebrities such as Imtiaz Ali, Vishal Bharadwaj, Arjun Rampal and Tisca Chopra. Thanks to its relaxed ambience and openness towards film shootings, it has been featured in films such as Dil, Dosti, Etc, Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi and Rockstar.
- Sophia’s College for Women, Mumbai
Sophia’s in Mumbai is one of the colleges that allows extensive film shootings and is a favourite location for filmmakers. Located in Bollywood’s backyard, popular films such as Ishq Vishq, Murder and Lage Raho Munnabhai have been shot here.