From tropical forests to the seventh art
Are you taking a trip to Mumbai? Whatever you do, do not miss one of the country's most mesmerising, magical attractions. Bollywood should be top of your list! Take a taxi to Goregaon East and explore behind the scenes with Mumbai Film City Tours. When you get there, a gleaming minibus covered with the photos of Bollywood's brightest stars will be waiting to take you on your guided tour. The scene is set. You start your day right in the studios of the world's second largest film and music industry. Lights, camera, action!
Your tour starts with a trip across a huge expanse of lush greenery that looks like it has been lifted straight out of an Indiana Jones film. Keep your eyes open for the dozens of wild monkeys that leap from tree to tree. You will stop off at several outdoor filming locations where films, TV series and adverts are shot. You will find out how teams, from the make-up artist to the director, work together to create a masterpiece, Bollywood style. You might be in luck! Some actors are happy to pose for a photo with you. It is not unusual for one of them to demonstrate a few Indian dance moves before your very eyes. A priceless souvenir!
From open-air sets to scene dubbing
Next up are the film studios with their incredibly realistic sets and vibrant colours. Villages, fountains, temples and wild lakes unfold before you as well as other reproductions of famous places, all recreated to look like a Goan city port.
After a picnic break on the steps of a Shiva temple (do not forget to bring a sandwich with you), you will make your way to the studios where the technical side of things, such as animation, editing and dubbing, are carried out. You will go into the all the nitty-gritty of film-making and learn more about the whole post-production process. You can have a go yourself too by choosing your favourite film and dubbing a few scenes. And if you want, you can even record a song in the style of a real Bollywood soundtrack. A fantastic souvenir to share with your loved ones back home.
Going behind the scenes on a TV programme
There is one last visit on the agenda: the studios, television studios this time, of the Film City production company. On the way there, you will drive past some of the brightly coloured homes of famous Bollywood stars in your mini-bus. To round off your discovery-filled day, you will watch a live shoot of several TV programmes and then visit the sets themselves. You will marvel at the actors in action, some of them bursting into a famous song as they perform a dance routine. Singing and dancing are everywhere you go in Bollywood!
The Mumbai Film City Tours
Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri Main Gate
+91 77 38 00 72 24