Iconic Small Town Love Stories In Bollywood Films That We Keep Rewatching

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Small town love stories in films are everyone’s favourite as they showcase different aspects of society along with the beautiful and peaceful life of its people. These towns have narrow lanes, narrow mindsets, beautiful scenery and close-knitted relations.

Romance in small towns is different because it will not take even a month for the news of your relationship to become the talk of the town. However, love is all about daring and these small-town love stories in films made us believe it. Hiding from aunties, meeting in secluded places, these movies and their insane ways charmed everyone with a peaceful yet chaotic town in backdrop.

Hindi Films With Small Town Love Stories

Bareilly Ki Barfi

Quirky and sweet love story of Chirag and Bitti is set in the small Uttar Pradesh town of Bareilly. Bitti (played by Kriti Sanon) is a tomboyish girl from the town who loves doing anything that goes against the patriarchy. Chirag (played by Ayushmann Khurrana) is the guy who likes her but is unable to tell her this even when he sees her almost getting married to another guy. The celebrations, lives and language of the small town people, their customs and beliefs, the use of Facebook to approach your crush, these little details make the movie interesting and charming.

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana

The revenge love story of Rajkummar Rao’s Sattu and Kriti Kharbanda’s Aarti is cute and full of drama. The ambitious Aarti knows that the life of a girl who gets married in a small town like that of Kanpur will surely be filled with house chores and family dramas. Even though she loved Sattu, she wanted a bright career ahead that is why she left him at the alter. And the simple and good Sattu set on a revenge journey that ultimately ended up in falling in love again. The movie is a great example of how the societal norms and judgement of small town influence the lives of people there.


The beautiful ghats of Varanasi and the traditional lives of people there have not changed a bit even after centuries. The narrow lanes, the transportation, food is shown aptly in the film. The movie featuring Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush showcases a taboo Hindu-Muslim love story set in the backdrop of celebrations and festivals, the relationships of people in the small town along with dilemmas and frustration and the big city dreams of people.

Tanu Weds Manu

While the first movie of Tanu Weds Manu franchise is set in Kanpur, the second one features a small town of Haryana. Both the films showed the joint family culture of the small towns in India. The local accent, clothes and thoughts of people played a key role in making the movies charming and attractive.

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

This movie is set in the holy city of Haridwar and the various romantic moments of Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar in this movie feature the beautiful scenery of the city in background. The language and style of the people of Haridwar also play an important role in the film making it authentic and relatable.

Dream Girl

Dream Girl tells the story of a young jobless man who decides to work as a female call girl in order to earn money. The movie is set in the Gokul town of Mathura, the movie displayed the distinct accent, the lives of the locals, their mindsets and the popular culture of folk and religious plays like Ramayana and Rasleela that happen often there.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha

This Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar movie aptly showed the struggles of small town families, love after arranged marriage and the societal judgements. The 2015 movie is set in the beautiful cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh showcasing the beauty of ghats and narrow lanes.

Love Aaj Kal

One of the most popular and everyone’s favourite small town love stories in films Love Aaj Kal featured a sweet love story set in a small Punjab town. The story of Harleen ( played by Deepika Padukone) and Veer (played Saif Ali Khan) is full of secret glances, watching neighbours, waiting endlessly for a glimpse and following on cycle along with your group in the busy and crowded lanes of the town.

Jab We Met

Jab We Met was and will always be our favourite outgoing girl and introvert guy love story. Geet (played by Kareena Kapoor) and Aditya’s ( played by Shahid Kapoor) love story is set in cities of Bhatinda and Shimla. While the hill station Shimla’s snowy valleys and exotic culture is very calm and peaceful to watch, the chaos and craziness of the Punjabi town Bhatinda and Geet’s Punjabi family is equally charming as well.

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