A STEP INTO HISTORY
eShe|August 2020
A STEP INTO HISTORY
A heritage hotel and a memorable shoot venue for films like Bulbbul, the Rajbari Bawali near Kolkata is steeped in tradition and luxury
 Maya Lalchandani

Rajbari Bawali, an extraordi-nary architectural masterpiece about 60 km away from Kolkata, has had an eventful history. It once belonged to aristocratic zamindars of West Bengal, known for their ostentatious lifestyles, their history replete with tales of intrigue, love and betrayal. Today, run by a hospitality entrepreneur, it is a luxury getaway creating memories for guests, even for Kolkata residents seeking a hideaway during lockdown. It is also something of a Bollywood icon: Chokher Bali (2003) directed by Rituparno Ghosh starring Aishwarya Rai was shot here, as was the newly released Bulbbul, directed by Anvita Dutt (p.34).

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August 2020