Mumbai is known as the city of dreams (‘Sapno ki Nagari’). People from different cities come here to achieve their dreams. Along with that the other thing Mumbai is famous for is Bollywood and its stars. Many people visit and stay in Mumbai so that they can meet or see their favourite superstar at least once.
Are you one of those? Are you a Bollywood person or a die heart Bollywood fan? Do you follow Bollywood movies and its stars? Want to know where you can find your stars? Where do your stars shoot for the films? If it is yes, stay along with us as we will take you on a trip to the Mumbai’s top 8 film studios that every Bollywood fan must visit.
Let’s dive in
A Bollywood Fanatic may know Goregaon’s film city very well and few might have even visited this studio. This studio is a home to sets of blockbusters films like DDLJ, 3 Idiots, Karz, Chandni, Bodyguard and many more. If you are a die heart Bollywood fan then, do visit this studio. The studio is spread over 500 acres and has more than 20 indoor studios. Inside the studio, you will find the setting for each type of a film sequence here, even outdoor; villages, skyscrapers, forests, palaces, etc. All of them are housed next to each other. Goregaon Film City or the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari Film City is one of the largest film cities in the world. It accounts for almost 60 percent of film productions in India. On your tour to Film City you will get to witness the locations of your favourite movies, and also get to chance to see some live shooting scenes.
Yash Raj Studios
Yash Raj Studios prides itself in living up to international standards with its advanced post-production and audio recording facilities. The late veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra founded this studio in the year 2005 and have provided the setting for some of the production houses’ biggest blockbusters, including Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Ek Tha Tiger and Band Baaja Baraat. Not only this, the studio is also known to hold grand screenings and premieres for their upcoming films. The sad part is that this iconic film studio is not open for all tourists and you need to get special permission from the authorities for an organized tour.
Mehboob Studio was founded in the year 1954 and has provided a setting for popular films like Mother India, Guide, Kaagaz Ke Phool and others. The studio is spread across the area of over 20,000 square yards. Mehboob Studios was a favourite shooting spot for yesteryear superstars Dev Anand and Guru Dutt. The former even had his office in the studio complex itself for 20 years. The Mehboob Studio has now become a cultural hotspot and often hosts arts and culture festivals. Also, the studio remains open for film shootings.
RK Film Studio
According to the reports, the greatest showman of Hindi Cinema Raj Kapoor decided to build a studio of his own after he was asked to dismantle his sets for Awara while their shoot was still on. When he was told that they had to empty the studio as someone else had hired the studio, he decided that he wanted to launch his own studio. And so the RK Film Studio came into existence in 1950 and since then the studio has given evergreen hits like Mera Naam Joker, Shri 420, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai and others. The studio hit the news in 2017 when a huge fire covered the studio and destroyed precious costumes and collectables used in the shooting of RK Kapoor’s movies.
Famous Studio is one of the oldest film studios in Mumbai that has witnessed the shooting of legendary films like Hum Saath Saath Hain, Taj Mahal, Seeta Aur Geeta, and others. Originally it was used only for film shoots since the time it started in 1946. Later, a theatre was added, along with a separate shooting space for TV shows. Apart from all this, the studio also provides cinematographic equipment on rent.
Filmistan is known for giving the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan his first shooting experience, while also being the film studio where Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai shot their first movie together. The film studio was started in the year 1943 and since then it has seen blockbusters like Zanjeer, Kalia, Om Shanti Om, Ra One and many others being shot on its premises. In recent times, the reality shows like Indian Idol and Nach Baliye have also been shot in this studio.
Kamal Amrohi Studios
The Kamal Amrohi Studio was previously known as Kamalistan Studios and many classic films like Pakeezah, Amar Akbar Anthony, Razia Sultan and others were shot here. The legendary filmmakers such as Manmohan Desai and Subhash Ghai considered this film studio extremely lucky for their films. When you take a tour of the studio you will notice the setting of a courtroom, railway station, village, garden and a temple for the film shoots. The studio also has vast beautiful lawns that are used for private events and wedding parties.
Big ND Film Studios
The Big ND Film Studio is spread over a huge 52-acre land plot located in Mumbai’s northern suburb of Karjat, is only a 90-minute drive from the main city. The studio has facilities for all right from the initial stages of storyboarding to the final VFX. Parts of Blockbuster movies such as Jodhaa Akbar, Slumdog Millionaire, Bajirao Mastani and many others were shot here. The studio also hosts the famous reality show Big Boss.
If you have ever visited or you are planning to visit any of these studios then do share your experience with us in the comment section below.