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Film City Mumbai or Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari

Film City or Dadasaheb Phalke Chitra Nagari is an integrated film studio complex situated near Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Goregaon East, Mumbai in India. It has several recording rooms, gardens, lakes, theatres and grounds that serve as the venue of many Bollywood and Marathi films. It was built in 1977 by the state government to provide facilities and concessions to the film industry. The plan for Film City was prepared and executed under the guidance of V. Shantaram. 

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Mumbai is synonymous to Bollywood

It was renamed Dadasaheb Phalke Chitra Nagari in 2001 in memory of India's first producer-director-screenwriter Dadasaheb Phalke, who is considered as father of the Indian film industry. It has been the shooting location for almost all Bollywood films. It has many types of location available for shooting including permanent sets of a temple, prison, court, lake, mountains, fountains, villages, picnic spots, gardens and a man-made waterfall. The iconic water tank scene from the movie Sholay was shot here wherein Dharmendra gets on top of a water tank to jump off for Hema Malini. The water tank still stands here. The indoor studios include a total of 16 studios which have sets of a court, hospital, police station, helicopter landing area, a building complex, etc.

Timings and Entry Fees of Mumbai Film City

Timings: The film city studios are open for general tourist visits from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Film City Ticket Booking and Cost: The tickets for the film city guided Bollywood dream tour cost INR 599. The cost of a 5-hour Mumbai Film City Tour is INR 1699. Combination tour costs INR 1099. Half day Bollywood tours cost INR 6000.

Best time to visit Film City Mumbai: The winter months (November to February) are the best months to visit. Morning tours are recommended as the weather is usually pleasant during the mornings then.

How to Reach Mumbai Film City

Nearest Airport to Film City Mumbai – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is the nearest airport. One can hire a cab from top car rental companies in Mumbai to reach Film City directly from the airport.

Nearest Railway station to Film City Mumbai – Goregaon local train station on the Western line is the nearest railway station to Film City Mumbai. One can board a train from Churchgate to Goregaon. After getting down at Goregaon, one may hire an auto-rickshaw or a taxi and reach Film City.

Nearest Bus Depot to Film City Mumbai – Goregaon east bus depot is the nearest bus depot. One may also hire taxis or rent cabs (Ola. Uber, etc.) to reach Film City from any part of the city. Mumbai is well connected through all modes of transport. One can reach film city easily from any part of the city using either local trains, buses, cabs or auto- rickshaws.

Film City Top Priority list of the Visitors

The entire film city is spread across an area of 520 acres with 16 air-conditioned indoor studios and 42 outdoor shoot locations, all located within the city premises. The official name of Film City Mumbai is ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Chitra Nagari’ and is operated under the administration of Maharashtra Film, Stage and Cultural Development Corporation Limited, a government organization undertaking. Over 900 films have been shot in film city Mumbai till date and hence, it is apt to call it an iconic landmark of Mumbai city and also deserves to be on top priority list of the visitors. Apart from feature films, there are numerous television shows and TV commercials that have been shot here in the film city. Both Hindi and Marathi television series are shot here.

History of Mumbai Film City

The history of India being introduced to Cinema dates back to the year 1896, when the very first feature film was screened at the Watson Hotel in Bombay (Mumbai was then known as Bombay). Although it wasn’t an Indian language film, it still managed the Indian creative minds to be fascinated and trigger intrigue and get into learning the craft of filmmaking. The first full length motion film of Indian origin was produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, who is considered as the pioneer of Indian Cinema. He had produced the epic Raja Harishchandra, a silent feature film starring a cast of all male actors since females weren’t considered for acting jobs back then. The film was released in 1913. Coming to the history of Film City Mumbai, the seed that was sown in 1913 after the release of Raja Harishchandra, kept on growing and prospering. It was during the year 1977 when visionaries of Indian Cinema like Late Shri V. Shantaram, Late Shri B. R. Chopra and the legendary actor Dilip Kumar came together and persuaded for the establishment of Maharashtra Film, Stage & Cultural Development Corporation Ltd., which was also called Filmcity. This was done by the Department of Cultural Affairs Government of Maharashtra under the Company Act 1956, on 26th September 1977. It was given the name Film City and was later renamed as Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari in 2001 to recognize the contribution of the founder of Indian Film Industry. The Film City was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Yashwantrao Chavan. Since then, Indian Film Industry has become the highest number of feature films producing entities followed by Nigerian Film Industry, followed by Hollywood. The numbers are as of 2013.

Film City Tour becomes a Dream for any traveller

The Film City Bollywood dream tour is a two-hour guided tour wherein one gets to see the live shoot sets, studios, reserved gardens, Khandala lake, temple, church, court house, jail, hill view, kaliya maidan (total 3), Appu Pappu maidan (total 4), jungle outdoor, adlab complex, and other places. One can actually witness the backend work that goes behind the making of a film. The guide takes the visitors through the history of film city and also the post- production activities that are a mandate in making a film. The film city tours are very time specific and the guides strictly abide by the timelines. The visitors are told about the history of Indian cinema and its evolution.

Mumbai Film City Tour

This tour is about visits to live shoots. Also, photography is prohibited on the sets of a live shoot. One can get a sneak peek into the shooting and their beloved actors however, most of the time, the actors prefer staying inside their vanity vans. Many television series are also shot here in film city and the visitors can come across such a shooting while on their Bollywood tour. Tourists can as well participate in some reality shows being a part of the live audience like ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’.

Combination Tour

The combination tour is a mix of Mumbai film city tour and Bollywood dream tour wherein, the visitors are given a tour of external and internal shoot locations, sets, session on history of Indian Cinema, the details on post production processes and activities and witness them too. All above tours include snacks for the visitors.

Half Day Bollywood Tour

This is an exclusive Bollywood tour that is customized for visitors wherein they could witness live shoots along with a Bollywood dance show being shot live. The visitors are also given a tour of post-production facilities wherein they can witness the behind the scene details. The tour includes snacks and lunch for the visitors.

Places to visit near Mumbai Film City

Gorai Beach, The Golden Pagoda Vipassana Place, Essel world and Water Kingdom, Vasai Fort, Bandra Bandstand, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Bandra Link Road (Shopping street), Mount Mary Church, Bandra Fort, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Powai Lake, Vihar Lake and Chota Kashmir are located nearby. 

Film city is a Interesting Tour

We loved the film city tour as we got to visit famous locations in film city。 also we got a chance to see live shooting and outdoor studio locations. very nice location for visit to go there with family.We learnt interesting facts about Bollywood. I recommend to all to visit the film city. I had toured Indian Bollywood which was really exciting. We had a wonderful tour without any hick . If you are also interested in Bollywood movies, you should take this tour!

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