Remember these houses from ’90s Bollywood films?

It is impossible for anyone following ’90s Bollywood to not recognize these familiar-looking houses that pop up in several movies from that era.


House No. 1

This bungalow’s well-ventilated, spacious hall — with two sets of winding wooden stairs on either side connecting to its first floor — has been a part of many memorable scenes. Spotting this room in movies joins my list of favourite filmi quirks.

It’s a witness to Amar-Prem & Co’s mad antics in Andaz Apna Apna (1994).

Raju’s reward for his professional success in Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992).

With a little — sometimes significant — change(s) to its decor, the room transforms each time to host a new story and players.

In Chandni (1989), soft lighting with lamps lends intimacy to it.

In Saajan (1991), Akash (Salman Khan) sees Pooja (Madhuri Dixit) in his house and goes berserk.

The dramatic wedding sequence in Deewana (1992).

It also became Dr Asthana’s residence in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003).

Called the Poonawala Bungalow, this is a famous filming location in Madh Island, Mumbai and continues to be in demand for feature and ad films. It’s also known as the Asija Bungalow post a change in ownership some years ago.

You can read more about the Poonawala Bungalow and other popular filmi houses in and around Mumbai in this lovely, detailed Indian Express article.

House No. 2

This massive bungalow with an intricate spiral staircase and water fountain at its entrance was seen in Dil Tera Aashiq (1993) and Shola Aur Shabnam (1992).

Though the most recognized scene against this backdrop would be Satish Kaushik’s introduction as the goofy gangster, Pappu Pager in Deewana Mastana (1997).

This sprawling 6-BHK bungalow called Mayur Mahal is located in Juhu, Mumbai and is considered a premium property in the real estate market.

House No. 3

This house with a patterned wood partition at its entrance was my favourite villain ka ghar from the Nineties.

In Swarg (1990), all the machinations by Paresh Rawal’s Dhanraj happen in this house.

Ishrat Ali witnessing something sinister in Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1994).

I couldn’t locate any details about this house. Since most movies it features in credit Filmistan Studio as the shooting location, it’s possible that this could be a film set. Of course, a confirmation would be great.

House No. 4

This bungalow from Khiladi (1992) can be identified by its distinct staircase design.

A roomier view of the same hall in Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1994).

Going by its expanse, it’s likely this is also one of the resorts / holiday homes around Mumbai. Again, no identification yet.

House No. 5

The house with the running horses artwork.

Recently, a discussion on Twitter about random animal posters seen in Hindi films led to some brainstorming about this bungalow which was a familiar sight in multiple Hindi films of the early ’90s.

As seen in Yalgaar (1992) | Krantiveer (1994) – h/t @rajitsingh | Chamatkar (1992) – h/t @PrernaRupani

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