11 Films That Captured The Spirit Of Mumbai

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There is something about Bollywood movies that touch your heart like no other. When you see the streets, you have walked on and the restaurants you have dined in, you will immediately connect to the movie. Bollywood has been able to capture the city of Mumbai perfectly, and even if you have not been there in person, you will know every nook and corner just by seeing it in a movie. Here are some of the classics that have portrayed the reality and beauty of the city at its best. Read on to see which movie you connect to the most.

1. Salaam Bombay

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This story of Mumbai is directed by Mira Nair and is the first movie to get international recognition. It is about Krishna and his discovery of the slums of Mumbai. It draws a clear picture of the children living on the streets of Mumbai. If you haven’t watched it already, get some tissues and watch it right away.

2. Slumdog Millionaire

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This movie won 8 Oscars, and it featured Anil Kapoor, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, and Irfan Khan. It shows the dark side of Indian Slums through the lens of three kids. The songs, the touching story, and the streets of Mumbai are something every person who has been to the city will love.

3. The Lunchbox

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Of all the things Mumbai is famous for, dabbawalas are a whole new story. They make sure people get their lunches delivered to the person on time. The story is about a mistaken delivery that leads to building a sweet love story where they communicate through letters in the dabbas. This story features Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Irrfan Khan, and Nimrat Kaur in the leading roles.

4. Wake Up Sid

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This is something most of us can connect to. It is about a girl new to the city and Sid, who is formally a spoiled brat. They discover themselves in the city of dreams, and through the friendly neighborhood, Mumbai rains, struggles, and sunsets at Marine drive, we see the magic created on screen. This is one of the best feel-good movies to watch when you feel low on motivation.

5. Shor In The City

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This multi-narrative story is about people in Mumbai. It traces the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai and has actors like Sendhil Ramamurthy, Radhika Apte, Preeti Desai, and Tusshar Kapoor. It also has songs that will linger long after the movie has ended.

6. City Lights

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The movie City Lights captures the plight of migrants who come to the city in search of work. It is a remake of Metro Manila and gives you the reality of every person who goes to the city to make their dreams come alive. It has Rajkumar Rao and Patralekha as the lead actors.

7. Ek Chalis Ki Last Local

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The movie is all about how local trains shape people’s lives in Mumbai. The last train leaves at one forty, missing, which leads to a series of incidents that puts two people back on track. This is how something unplanned and unexpected turns out to be a blessing in disguise in your life.

8. Life In A Metro

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Directed by Anurag Basu, this movie shows the lives of nine individuals who deal with subjects of heartbreak, affair, marriage, and loneliness in a city like Mumbai. No film shows the reality of a busy city better than this. The songs and the fantastic cast of the movie will make you want to watch it again and again.

9. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

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College life is not remotely like the ones we see in movies, but this one is an exception. You know the places you can hang out in if you ever hang out in Mumbai with your friends. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was a wonderful reminder with Bandra Fort, Asiatic Library, Gateway Lane, and the sea at disposal.

10. Taxi No. 9211

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This movie, directed by Milan Luthria, features the perfect pair of Nana Patekar and John Abraham. It is about a two-hour adventure between the two protagonists, and watching the movie will surely keep you entertained thoroughly.

11. Dhobi Ghat

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Dhobi Ghat features Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar, and Monica Dogra, directed by Kiran Rao. It is a story of four people in Mumbai connected by fate. Kiran also said that Mumbai is one of the movie’s main characters.

So now that you know all the movies filmed in Mumbai, you will surely rewatch them a thousand times over. Some of them are really nice and are good enough to keep in your permanent movie collection. So which is your favorite Mumbai movie? Let us know in the comments section!

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Indrani KarmakarSenior Social Writer
Indrani is a writer and artist who likes to add a dash of humor to everything she does. She has two years of experience in writing articles across beauty, health, and lifestyle genres. After graduating in Political Science from Calcutta University, she took a detour into the world of creativity and discovered her knack for social writing, advertising, designing, and doodling.

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