April 18 is World Heritage Day. Here’s looking at the romance between Bollywood films and Delhi’s heritage sites listed by UNESCO — Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort.
Think of Saif Ali Khan wooing Kareena Kapoor Khan in Kurbaan (2009) at Humayun’s Tomb or Aamir Khan dancing to Chand Sifarish in Fanaa (2006) at Qutub Minar, and one can’t deny that Delhi’s timeless heritage sites have made for picturesque backdrops in Bollywood films for ages.
Shukran Allah (from Kurbaan) wasn’t the only song shot at Humayun’s Tomb, the Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) track, Choomantar, was another one to be filmed at the UNESCO heritage site. Baar Baar Dekho (2016) director Nitya Mehra also shot a short film, titled The Cherry On Top, near Humanyun’s Tomb.
About these monuments that represent Delhi, Mehra says: “They are rich, beautiful and entrenched in history.