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From Parineeta To Kahaani: 5 Bollywood Films That Embrace The Spirit Of Durga Pujo

Durga Pujo has recently been marked as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. 
  • Namrata Ganguly
  • Editorial
Published -07 Sep 2022, 19:26 ISTUpdated -07 Sep 2022, 20:06 IST
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Making Indians, especially Bengalis, proud Durga Pujo has made it to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The festival is the first Asian festival to make its place on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

With Durga Pujo right around the corner, beginning on September 25 and ending on October 4, here is a list of Hindi films that embrace the essence of Durga Pujo. Grab your singaras and watch these to get into the spirit of the season.

Parineeta (2005)

Another film adapted from Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name, is the 2005 Hindi film Parineeta starring Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, and Sanjay Dutt. Set in Kolkata, this Pradeep Sarkar directorial delves deep into Bengali culture with a whole sequence of Dutt doing the famous dhunuchi dance and Balan features in an iconic red border white saree. 

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Vicky Donor (2012)


Though the 2012 Hindi film Vicky Donor features Ayushmann Khurana as a Delhi-based boy, the Soojit Sircar directorial had glimpses of Durga Pujo in Delhi. In the film, Khurana along with his love interest played by Yami Gautam go pandal hopping and clicking selfies in pandals all over Delhi. 

Devdas (2002)

In the 2002 Sanjay Leela Bhansali film Devdas starring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the famous dance sequence Dola Re Dola takes place at a Durga Pujo mandap. Though Paro (Rai) and Chandramukhi (Dixit) never meet in the original novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Bhansali put a twist on things and made one of the most memorable dance numbers Bollywood has ever given us. The actors feature in Bengali style red border white sarees as they sway together. 

Kahaani (2012)


Durga Pujo plays an important role in the 2012 Hindi thriller film Kahaani’s climax. The film stars Vidya Balan in the lead.  The festival not only acts as a backdrop for a pivotal sequence but is also a metaphor. Throughout the film we see Kolkata preparing for Durga Pujo through Sujoy Ghosh’s lens and the film’s climax is set on Vijaya Dashami (last day of Durga Pujo). 

Lootera (2013)


Based on O. Henry’s short story The Last Leaf, the 2013 Hindi film Lootera directed by Vikramaditya Motwane begins with Durga Pujo in the backdrop. The scene features the famous folk theatre of Bengal, Jatra, and captures its theatrical beauty. 

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Enjoy these films with some delicious Bengali food along with it.

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