Bollywood Tourism - DOT-Maharashtra Tourism

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Bollywood Tourism


Hindi film industry or Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world. It has an enormous mass appeal through thousands of movies produced every year and watched by millions of people every day. The make-belief world of Bollywood has created imaginaries in the minds of people watching the movies. Bollywood cinema stirs a strong urge in people to travel to Mumbai to experience its culture. Bollywood today has become a dominant cultural resource. Bollywood tourism aims at coming close to the world of imaginaries to see one’s favorite film star up close, to get enamored by the land of Hindi film cinema.

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What Is It?

With the immense popularity of Bollywood cinemas, Bollywood tourism has good momentum. Bollywood tourism offers a hands-on cinema experience where one will visit the studio to see the live shooting, understand the technicalities of filmmaking like recording, lighting, dubbing, editing. One of the major drawing factors of Bollywood cinemas is its songs and dances. One can watch the performances and even sometimes get to learn some signature dance movements


In a country where people live and breathe Hindi cinema, no trip to Mumbai is complete without a taste of the Hindi cinema industry Bollywood. Maharashtra and Mumbai are the epicenters of filmmaking, experience the behind-the-scenes of Bollywood filmmaking in Mumbai. Visit studios for live shooting, get lucky to pose with actors, see dubbing, recording, and editing studios, get wooed by the dance performance, and have a shot at shaking a leg with them. Drive past the homes of Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Rekha to the bungalows of Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Hritik Roshan, Anil Kapoor along the seaside. On certain days, greet them outside their sprawling pads or pose with them. Emulate their fashion styles and get star-struck if you have a chance of meeting them. Get to know the history of the magnanimous industry along with its evolution by visiting the National Museum of Indian Cinema. The museum is a two-storey building consisting of nine exhibition spaces, each one talks of a particular theme, like the origin of cinema, an era of silent movies, studio era, World War II impact on cinema, regional cinema. The original posters of old classical movies adorn the walls of the museum. Vintage cameras used by great filmmakers in the 1960s are displayed. The museum talks about technological advancement in cinemas and cinematography. The insight into one of India’s biggest industries will blow you away!

Uses To Tourists / People

Tourists will understand the culture of Bollywood. It makes it easier to understand the magnanimity of the industry and the complex nature of the same.

How It Benefits The Community / Tourists

Bollywood tourism has created many job opportunities. It the workers in Bollywood and travel agents. Local dancers are employed to do dance performances and teaching them to tourists. Bollywood has been instrumental in promoting tourism of places and locales where movies have been shot, thus contributing to the economic development of the region. Bollywood has helped establish awareness of many tourist places, thus acts as advertisements of the places where the scenes were shot. Bollywood tourism helps understand the culture of the cinema industry


Some of the places which form a part of Bollywood tourism in Mumbai are: Film City: This studio complex has been a premier Bollywood shooting location since the 1970s. Located at Goregaon, a suburb in Mumbai is spread across 520 acres and has 20 indoor studios. Many popular Bollywood movies and television shows have been shot here. Bandstand Promenade: A lot of top Bollywood stars live in and around this area. You might get lucky to spot one.A very popular mansion is Mannat of Shah Rukh Khan. Juhu: A coastal suburb home to the iconic Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. Juhu is a popular filming venue and upscale neighborhood home to many other top Bollywood movie stars. Colaba: The hub of tourist activity in Mumbai. The local casting companies often scout for foreigners to act as extras in this area as it is heavily populated with foreign tourists. Regal Cinema: The art-deco building is one of the oldest cinema theatres in town and is a great place to watch movies.