Bollywood: Lights –Camera –Action!
Soak up the Bollywood magic as you encounter India’s first ever rendezvous with the dream world of Lights-Camera-Action!
Ever since the first film was screened at the Watson Hotel in Mumbai, India, way back in 1896, the motion picture industry has captivated millions of audiences and unleashed vast potential. The pure passion then discovered manifested itself into the world’s largest film producing nation – India.
India produces close to one thousand feature films every year, including films in Hindi and several regional languages, and documentary films, short films, TV serials, commercials, and advertising films. The entertainment industry has created employment potential for over four million people; with growth came technology. India sourced its technological requirements from the best in the world and built its own creative and technological support services comparable to them.
With the Bollywood Studio Tour and Bollywood Dream Tour, Mumbai is a world of wonder. The Indian Film Industry is one of the largest in the world and Mumbai accounts for almost 60% of film productions. Over the last hundred years, the Indian Film Industry has grown by leaps and bounds and has undergone amazing technological changes. Now the Indian film industry is also corporatizing, globalizing, and manifesting immense international interest.
The tour starts in one of Mumbai’s movie making studios, where you will be able to see real movies and shows being filmed. Get a peek into the sets, locations, and studios where Bollywood has created some of the greatest Indian epics. Experience Bollywood Tourism – India’s only structured product that offers an exciting ringside view of how the Hindi film industry gets its act together. For Bollywood enthusiasts, special acting classes can be arranged – try out some interesting scripts of some famous Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachhan, or Priyanka Chopra and maybe you are the next Bollywood star!
Also included is a nostalgic tour of the street market to see old Bollywood posters, record players, and many more surprises. A movie show at the Regal Cinema, which is an art deco movie theatre located at Colaba Causeway in Mumbai will surely excite you. The Regal Cinema was built during the cinema boom of the 1930s during which Plaza Central, New Empire, Broadway, Eros, and Metro all opened in Mumbai. Opened in 1933, the Regal was designed by Charles Stevens, the son of the famous 19th century architect F. W. Stevens. Its interiors with extensive mirror-work were designed by the Czech artist Karl Schara. The main auditorium has a motif of sunrays in pale orange and jade green; its interiors were designed to create an impression of airiness, coolness, and size in harmony with the modern simplicity of the exteriors. The Regal was built completely in reinforced concrete cement (RCC), fully air conditioned, and had an underground parking lot for patrons. The elevator up from the parking area was a major innovation at the time. If you are a Bollywood fan and going to Jaipur, the Raj Mandir is the place to go to see a Hindi film in India. This opulent cinema looks like a huge pink cream-cake, with a meringue auditorium and a foyer somewhere between a temple and Disneyland.
Although Mumbai is the hub of Bollywood, we have Tollywood in the Bengali region, located in Kolkata, where a studio visit is also possible. And not to miss mentioning the Ramoji Studio in Hyderabad, which is one of the largest and most glamorous film studios in the world, Ramoji Film City also has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest film studio in the year 2005. Spread across an area of almost 2500 acres, it is one of the major film making facilities in the country offering everything related to pre and post film production. The architecture of the studio and the wide range of settings makes it one of the favourite spots for many film makers. With a capacity to accommodate close to 50 film units at the same time, Ramoji Film City offers umpteen numbers of film sets such as a London street, the Hollywood sign, Japanese gardens, an airport, a hospital, and also includes landscapes and buildings as well as laboratories.
Let Bollywood be a part of your experiences in India !