Bollywood is the Indian Hindi Language film industry, based in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Bollywood is one of the largest centers of film production and one of the biggest film industries in the world and it is possible to take a Bollywood tour to the heart of the action in Film City. Unfortunately, Mumbai Film City is not open for public admission unless special prior approval is obtained. However, it is possible to take a guided tour there.
MUMBAI FILM CITY
Mumbai Film city is an integrated film studio complex near Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Goregaon East. It was built in 1977 by the State Government of Maharashtra to help the Bollywood film industry and provide facilities for it to flourish. In 2001, it was renamed as Dadasaheb Phalke Nagar in the memory of India’s first producer – director – screenwriter Dadasaheb Phalke, who is considered as the father of Indian film industry. It is a shooting location for almost all the Bollywood films with all types of locations available including a temple, prison, court, lake, mountains, fountains, villages, picnic spots, gardens, and even an artificial waterfall. The complex covers nearly 350 acres and comes fully equipped with almost 20 indoor studios.
BOLLYWOOD STUDIOS TOUR
Mumbai Film City Tours in conjunction with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation operates the official two hours guided bus tour of Film City. You are not allowed to get off the bus and if you are keen on seeing a live shooting, you could be disappointed though you may be lucky to get a glimpse from the bus there is one happening.
There are three tours per day as scheduled below –
- 12:10 PM – 2:10 PM
- 2:20 PM – 4:20 PM
- 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Cost of Mumbai Film City tour –
- Indians – Rs. 599
- Foreigners – Rs. 3000
Mumbai Film City Tours also offers studio tours that take place outside film city and if you are willing to go with the daylong tour the schedule can be as follows –
||Pickup from hotel by guides.
||Arrival at film city and transfer into film city AC bus for 2 hrs journey which includes-
o Brief history of Bollywood.
o Drive past to shooting sets locations.
o Drive past Helipad Temple, Church, Khandala Bridge, Court etc.
o Drop at Film City gate.
||After your studio tours, head to Juhu and Bandra for a glimpse of some famous film stars
||Your driver will take you to watch a Bollywood movie screened at Regal Theater, a world class art décor theater established in 1933 on Colaba Causeway. Afterward, head across the street to local restaurant for a delicious Indian dinner.
||Drop at hotel location.