Often referred to as the home of
Bollywood, Film City in Mumbai is the hub of all the activities related to the
movie-making. Situated in Arey Colony, the Film City occupies an area of about
520 acres and constitutes about 20 indoor studios. The place is so large that
about 1000 movie sets can be installed at one time. The centre of the majority
of Bollywood related activities, this place has featured in almost 900 movies
and hundreds of TV series. It has all
the essential facilities and amenities required while filming a movie. In
addition to its significance in the movie industry, this place also boasts of
lush green surroundings and scenic landscapes.
Inspired by the architecture of
Film City in California, Film City Mumbai provides an ample amount of opportunities
for those who want to live their dream of working in the Bollywood industry.
Various excursion sand workshops are organized within Film City that focuses on
several aspects of movie making and is open to all. There are also a few
studios that are a replica of a foreign country setting. The live movie shoot
tours are also organized here that allow the participants to learn about
various elements of Bollywood. For all those who love movies and acting should
visit Film City as it is a place that nurtures the aspiring stars.
History of Film City
Under the guidance and
supervision of famous actor, director and producer, V. Shantaram, the Film City
was established in 1911. The City was the dream project of Dada Sahib Phalke
and it was after his initiative the Film City was built and named henceforth.
The Film City has provided enough space and amenities for the shoot of almost
900 movies and many other TV series.
In order to explore the streets
of Film City, you need to hire a guide which is readily available near to the
entrance of the city. Following are a few of the popular tours within the Film
1.MUMBAI FILM CITY TOURS:
This tour is a two-hour long
guided tour that will take you to the most popular spots in Film City such as
Khandala Bridge, Helipad, Reserve Garden, Church, Lake, Temple and Court. While
this tour, you can also take a glance at live shooting and other studios from
the bus. As a part of this tour, you will be covering various aspects of the
Film industry including the history of Bollywood. The ticket for this tour
starts at ₹599 per person which is inclusive of light snacks and water.
BOLLYWOOD DREAM TOURS:
The most interesting aspect of
this tour is that in addition to the history of Bollywood, you will be covering
various post-production activities. Consequently, it will enrich your
understanding of several facets and details of movie production. The ticket for
this tour starts at ₹599 per individual.
FILM CITY TOURS:
As a part of this tour, you will
get an opportunity to witness the live shooting happening in both indoor and
outdoor studios. This five-hour-long excursion will allow you to explore a few
complex areas of film making. The per head charge for participating in this
tour is ₹1699.
As the name suggests, this tour
is a combination of two tours, namely, Deam Tour and Mumbai Film City Tour. You
will be taken to a few specific locations and studios and will be provided with
a guide who will explain to you about different elements of Bollywood industry
including its history. You will also get an opportunity to discuss
post-production activities and other aspects of film making. The ticket for the
same is priced at ₹1099.
DAY BOLLYWOOD TOUR:
The tour package includes a
visit to live shooting studios, dance hall, engaging in post-production
activities and witnessing a live Bollywood dance show. The dance show also
includes a fancy lunch. Tickets are priced at INR 6000 per person
Visiting Film City
You need to obtain prior
permission from the authorities before visiting Film City. You should adhere to
the guidelines explained to you prior to every tour. Stick to your group and do
How to Reach Film City?
Film City is well-connected with
various means of transportation such as cabs, autos, trains, buses, etc.
However, the best way to commute to this place is via the Mumbai local train.
You will have to board a train headed to Goregaon Station. Once you reach this
place, you can book a cab or take an auto directly to Film City. Alternatively,
you can take a bus from Goregaon to reach the City.