In recent years, Bollywood has invaded the Western film industry with movies like Bride and Prejudice and Monsoon Wedding. Our fascination with the Indian film industry is stronger than ever, and if you truly want to experience it firsthand, you’ll have to go to its birthplace in Mumbai.
Like Hollywood in the United States, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) serves as the hub of movie production in India, as well as the home address for many of Bollywood’s biggest stars. One of the best ways to experience Bollywood culture in Mumbai is to take a Bollywood studio tour. This tour takes visitors to Film City, one of the country’s leading film studios, where more than 67,000 films have been produced. At Film City, you’ll learn about the long history of Indian film and tour real movie a TV sets to see the shooting process in action.
Extend your Bollywood experience with visits to one of the other prominent studios, Chandivali or Gemini Studio.
Another quintessential Bollywood experience in Mumbai involves a celebrity homes tour, where you’ll get to drive through the upscale neighborhoods of Juhu and Bandra where stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai live. After seeing these homes, familiarize yourself with more Bollywood celebrities (or measure your handprint with theirs) along the Walk of Stars.
After a day of Bollywood touring, get a break from the Mumbai heat by tucking in for a song- and dance-filled movie in one of the city’s cinema complexes. Even if the movie isn’t in English, most plots are colorful and dramatic enough to be enjoyable anyway.