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DU’s filmy connect

Bollywood directors, who are alumni of Delhi University, talk about going back to campus to shoot their films, reports Namya Sinha.

bollywood Updated: Mar 23, 2012 01:55 IST
Namya Sinha

Movie directors, who are former students of Delhi University (DU), have made the campus a preferred destination for shooting movies.

For instance, filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, who is an alumnus of Hindu College, shot Rockstar, starring Ranbir Kapoor, at DU’s North Campus. Now, Nalin Singh, who has produced and written the movie, Gandhi to Hitler, will shoot his next in Hindu College, his alma mater. The film is based on the lives of students who form a rock band and follow philosophies of spiritual guru Osho.

“North Campus has a distinct charm, which has not been explored yet, and no other university has that. There is a lot more to the campus, and filmmakers are trying to capture it all,” says Singh. Actor turned director Parvin Dabas, who made his directorial debut with the movie, Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande (released last year), shot the film at Hansraj College, also in North Campus.

“I am from Hansraj and I have a lot of support from the college. Former DU students, who are now directors, come to shoot here because the bond is so strong. It is a different culture and the atmosphere is more like a college, unlike colleges in Mumbai that are mechanical,” says Dabas. “Even Maneesh Sharma, who is from Hansraj, and is the director of the movie Band Baaja Baaraat, shot the film in North Campus to capture the true essence of college life,” he adds.

“You feel proud to come back to your roots. My next, It Happened In Mayapuri, will have some parts that will be shot in campus,” says director Satish Kaushik, who is from Kirori Mal College. He also shot his movie, Milenge Milenge, at the college’s campus.

Bollywood @ campus
Rockstar
Directed by Imtiaz Ali, an alumnus of Hindu College. The movie was shot at Hindu College and St. Stephen’s.

Dev D
Directed by Anurag Kashyap, an alumnus of Hansraj College. The movie was shot at Hansraj.

Band Baaja Baraat
Directed by Maneesh Sharma, who went to Hansraj College. The movie was shot at Hansraj and Ramjas.

Milenge Milenge
Directed by Satish Kaushik, who studied at Kirori Mal College. The movie was shot at the college’s campus.

Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande
Directed by Parvin Dabas at Hansraj College. Dabas has also studied at Hansraj.

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