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Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri, also known as Lokhandwala, is a large residential and commercial suburb in Mumbai, India. It is approximately 5 km from Andheri station. The name Lokhandwala comes from the name of the developer with the construction firm being Lokhandwala Constructions Pvt. Ltd. It was the primary developer of the suburb of Versova, which was previously basically a marshland. There is a famous Shree Swami Samartha Temple near the Complex entrance.
When Siraj Lokhandwala, proprietor of Lokhandwala Constructions, spotted the vast marshland in the area of Versova in 1978 he decided to purchase the area for a development. He was discouraged by every broker in town from buying the land simply because they felt that no one would want to live so far from the center of Mumbai. Today, Lokhandwala Complex is one of the most popular suburbs of Mumbai.
The who's who of Bollywood lives in Lokhandwala. The list includes some of the finest Actors, Film Directors, Film writers,Producers and most of the people who are working in Indian Film and Television Industry. Most of the NRIs Non-Resident Indians also live here. Lokhandwala has many Shopping Malls, Multiplexes, Clubs, Jogging Parks, Fitness Centers etc, Small to very large luxurious apartments and well connected public transport facilities. It is 10 km from airport, 5 km from Andheri Station. Trains from Andheri Station to Churchgate reach in 33 minutes.
Some of the famous residential landmarks of Lokhandwala include Royal Accord, Green Acres, Oberoi Sky Gardens, Royal Resorts and Oberoi Sky Heights. There are several gardens in Lokhandwala which reserve a green patch in the middle. They also serve as venues for a yoga club, laughter club, senior citizens activities, sports meets for children, etc. Developer Vikas Walavalkar has developed Walavalkar Park which is adjudged as the best park of 5000 meters and more. This is very popular among health-conscious residents of area. There is a jogging track adjoining the Lokhandwala back road.
Nearby neighbourhoods include Shastri Nagar (0.5 km), the Versova Telephone Exchange (1 km) and the Andheri Link Road which has some of the finest commercial projects of Mumbai. Lokhandwala is one of the busiest places in the city of Mumbai, having a large number of residents as well as visitors every day. There are a large number of restaurants in and around this area. Some of these include:
- Coffee shops and hangouts
- Ice cream parlour
- Bakery and Pasteries
- Love and Cheesecake
- Warden Bakery
- Co-working Space
- Daily Exhibitions and Retail Shopping Gallery
- Queens Art Gallery
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In popular culture
Lokhandwala Complex featured in the news headlines when on November 16, 1991, then Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Aftab Ahmed Khan, head of the ATS led a force of 100 police and ATS officers and engaged in a firefight with seven gangsters who were present in the Swati building within the complex. In the ensuing shootout which lasted four hours, 450 rounds were fired and seven gangsters were killed, including Maya Dolas, Dilip Buwa and Anil Pawar. This event was the basis for the 2007 Hindi film Shootout at Lokhandwala .
- "'450 rounds were fired…like bullets were doing the talking'". Indian Express. May 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-01.