These days it seems that Bollywood masala is incomplete without the zaika of the city of Lucknow. As several directors pick the city of Nawabs to be the backdrop of their stories, it is certain that the narrow lanes of this city lead their way into the hearts of the audience. It is not difficult to fall in love with the city with its archaic buildings, its culture, people and a language that is made up of emotions, more than words. Here is a list of movies and web series that were shot and set in Lucknow and excelled in capturing the essence of the city!
Gulabo Sitabo<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODk2Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxOTQ2MDA5OH0.m1yl9yFNy1Z6LCCzlDdZd_gfeXLX9FtOyAW0iI30yGI/img.jpg?width=980" id="b21c9" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b7722dfa669b75204e42547198c294d5" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>The <em>attar battar </em>and <em>khattar pattar</em> of this movie made a resounding mark with its audience and critics throughout. The dramatic story of a peculiar man, his impossible tenant and a dilapidated mansion will introduce you to Lucknow in a way you will never forget. The plot will make you realise that the city has a lot to teach, however, there are hardly ever straight answers found. </p>
Bala<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODk3OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMjI5NTMyMX0.nEYSd2IrPlv9Ws8zp0C6Ayy3p9-yoyhBdhKJZaKW0zM/img.jpg?width=980" id="16b97" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8953147a92cadf8bad56ff21adf587a4" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>This tale of a balding young man from Kanpur falling in love with a self-styled Tik-Tok star from Lucknow will take you to ride full of wit and humour! Pari, played by Yami is one the most important comedic element of the movie and though her tantrums<em>, </em>are over the top, they suit her character! Afterall, <em>itrana toh koi Lucknow ki ladkiyo se hi seekhe! </em><span></span></p>
Jolly LLB 2<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODk3OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNTE5OTczNH0.-hZwyDq8pvLdGArbQn0GubfI1uYk2m7TminFXxuhvxk/img.jpg?width=980" id="b3abb" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1b3a897d5d654b0e05af5e25f81ccf4e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>The story of an underdog wanting to right the wrong he has done in desire of a lawyer's chamber is a cinematic satire on this issues of our political system. Add the banter between a lawyer from Lucknow and a Kanpur immigrant into the mix and you will get the witty comedy with a smart and swift plot. The songs of this movie will take you on a tour to Lucknow's scenic and monumental beauty. </p>
Raid<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODk4MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MTI2MjI5MH0._uF39eItHmbC1nq7oPBMeNQbm2oJzIUqTq9v8xL5gfg/img.jpg?width=980" id="63274" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8146897546be8c7b3f767bf966ee6b26" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>A political drama, the movie fights the corrupt practices in the heart of the city. This is an Ajay Devgan signature formula movie, one with a mastermind and loads of heroism. However, the song <em>Nitt Khair Manga </em>will take you on a virtual Lucknow darshan from the British Residency to Rumi Darwaza, Bada Imambada and Ghanta Ghar. This song can be the perfect checklist of places to visit the next time you are in the city! </p>
Bullet Raja<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODk4MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwOTM2NzYxM30.YOaP2XiJp64_B6DBWaDuSANDGQSfcg9AASkzGozOzQk/img.jpg?width=980" id="0f744" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4412cb73b30a0ea4f839c54d788880ea" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>The <em>bhaukaal </em>of Nawabs is perfectly represeted in this movie. The action movie is set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh and will take you on a ride of all things typically UP! (pun intended!)</p>
Shaadi mei zaroor Aana<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODk4Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNDgxOTQwNX0.FK-0xQRy_z2pbLw7UAa2olMdmB9HmWVVCVODKvTjdqQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="94274" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="bfaa080bffb7c4f2618118dd94da0072" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p> Shaadi Mei Zaroor Aana is a story of an Allahabad couple, the plot of which mostly revolves around the city, Lucknow. An extravagant set was designed in the town for this humble love story that turns into a revenge saga. This movie showcases a lot of new Lucknow, along with Lucknow's Gomti Riverfront. </p>
Daawat-e-Ishq<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODk4My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxOTcxNjc3MH0.2AhXTZx_2XOyjRip9DU1WUToK1sqdipwb3poR8uKm5s/img.jpg?width=980" id="1d0f8" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1280c417ceb29caeb0bbe859f8b0eade" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>You cannot talk about Lucknow without talking about its food. After all, the true identity of a Lucknowite is based upon where they order their biryani and kebabs from! With Tunday Kebabi and Idrees ki biryani at our service, we Lucknowites have nothing to worry about. Despite its weak plot, Daawat-e-Ishq will surely send you into a mini food coma and make you miss all the good food from the streets of Lucknow. </p>
Rangbaaz<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzOTAwOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNTkwMzg3OH0.kVaaxQvbNYzItPqJzv2OO1GvnEOly9c0uryitfkHX10/img.jpg?width=980" id="ebb36" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e6eef0ad174d70548d6b47e96844b181" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Not only movies, web series are also now shifting base to the rustic settings of UP. Rangbaaz is an action-crime fiction drama. With the pivotal character seeking refuge in the city, luxury hotels in the city like Clarks Awadh, Hotel Taj are used as backdrops in the show. Atal Chowk and Vidhan Sabha, in the heart of the city are also explored in this the screenplay! </p>
In the recent past, umpteen number of designer stores have taken a seat in Lucknow which in turn has built a fashion-forward community here. And now to take the city's fashion quotient several notches above, we have Hunar; a first of its kind multi-designer house in the City of Nawabs which is giving us some serious shopping goals. Situated in the heart of Lucknow, this new store promises a premium customer-centric experience with a passion towards exclusivity.
So be it high street fashion to amp up your daily wear or haute couture options for prominent events, Hunar has you covered and how!
With the lockdown in place, social distancing has become a way of life for everyone around and it seems like, it's gonna be this way for sometime now. So at the moment, many of us are dependent on our laptops for online gaming sessions and movie nights with our families and honestly, we've been missing our movie hall and game-zone experiences a little too much! But it seems like, all this FOMO will be a thing of the past because MSL AV Solutions is upping the game of technological innovations here in Lucknow.
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During such testing times when the city and the nation at large is amidst troubled waters, Deeper Roots in Lucknow is helping to build a bridge over it. This unflagging team of zealous youths has successfully managed to distribute 300+ packets containing everyday essentials to the needy till now and they're constantly working towards beating the crisis at hand.
If you've crossed or been anywhere near the Transport Nagar or K.D. Singh Babu Stadium metro stations here in Lucknow, we're sure that your eyes must've caught the vibrant artworks donning the walls here. These colossal and vividly hand-painted murals have definitely breathed a new lease of life in these two vicinities and all the credit goes to The New Art.
An art-startup based in Delhi, The New Art are a team of artists and designers who curate realistic murals which are truly a sight to behold and within a short period of time, they've whipped up over 300 artworks all over India. All of these art pieces done by them, are originally designed by the team, from scratch.
Amidst such challenging times when a nationwide lockdown is in existence, survival is the key focus and if you're privileged enough, it quickly turns to living your life- indoors for now. So if you're reading this in the comforts your own home, we believe you're safe and healthy because you made proper arrangements for it. Stocked up food, have been practising social distancing and have undertaken other necessary precautions to beat this crisis.
KNK Salon and Academy, popularly known as Kuts 'n' Kolors, has been a trendsetter since its inception in Lucknow. They offer contemporary makeup and stellar hair services to all and their cordial hospitality paired with a swanky studio space, seals the deal. A family-owned brand led by two generations of professional beauty artists who have been certified from various countries, KNK has yet again come risen in the forefront with their top-notch and one of its kind semi-permanent makeup facilities.
Engulfed in sheets of historical affluence and rich cultural heritage, Lucknow is a city which is acclaimed widely for its sophisticated tastes and plethora of structures to stand by the claim. Ask any Lakhnawi and they'll tell you how the monuments of Lucknow easily outshine others that they've witnessed, given that they're all so distinct in nature. All of them are pieces of colossal efforts from various periods, stringing together bits and parts of Lucknow's history. On a similar note, the Husainabad Clock Tower is one such beauty which has been standing tall for many years now and has overseen the tides of change and how!
Munavvar Lakhnavi is a renowned name in the field of Urdu literature. A poet and a fluent translator, Munavvar is considered a gem in the realm of Urdu literature who forever attached the memory of Lucknow to his name.