Varanasi is a city that feels twice as old as history and time combined, and this charming city has been personified in both literature and movies. ‘Masaan’ meaning ‘Crematorium’ is one such film that talks about love, uncertainty, and destruction. The movie is set in the spiritual city of Varanasi, manifesting the journey of despair and hope. As Masaan completes 5 years today, let’s take a walk down the memory lane and revisit the shooting locations of Masaan and the spirit of Varanasi.
1. Ghats of Varanasi
Of the 87 ghats in Varanasi, Masaan has quintessenced the liveliness of almost all the ghats. It represents how the holy city is an amalgamation of both life and death, just like the movie itself. The movie gives us a dive into the everyday religious activities performed at ghats, and the pandits on every nook and corner of the city reading your future. In the backdrop, it shows the Raj Ghat bridge and also innumerable shops selling the things one can offer either in temples or immerse in Ganga.
2. Cremation at Ghats of Varanasi
The movie revolves around the cremation that takes place at the Harishchandra and Manikarnika ghat of Varanasi 24/7. Vicky Kaushal played the character of a guy from the Dom Community whose family works at the cremation ghats, including himself. Needless to say, the scenes from the cremation ghat in the movie will definitely leave you in chills, anguish, ache, and conflicting emotions, not just once or twice, but every time they hit your screen.
3. Boat Rides in Varanasi
Boat rides in Varanasi are not comparable to the ones in any other city. The rides are more like an exploration of the place and yourself. The scene in the movie completely does justice to the nights of Varanasi and takes us amidst the chaos of millions of people at the ghats in between hundreds of boats docked at the ghats.
4. Lanes of Varanasi
There is a scene showing the love story, where you are taken to the narrow lanes of Varanasi from your seat. The cinematography of the movie has done wonders to bring the bustling spirit of Varanasi. It shows the crowd, the colors, the culture, the people, the lifestyle, the activities of the city with soulful music playing in the background.
5. A tradition of Collecting Coins
The movie makes us get in touch with a very unknown and amusing tradition of collecting coins in Varanasi. Kids dive deep into the cold water of Ganga to collect the coins. It is like a challenge organized to see which kid comes first and people go on betting about the same. The mise-en-scene of the entire incident amplifies the experience of watching it.
Here’s a glimpse of the shooting locations of Masaan in the salvation city of Varanasi: