Film City, Mumbai

Coordinates: 19°09′40″N 72°53′14″E / 19.1611°N 72.887351°E / 19.1611; 72.887351 (Dadasaheb Phalke Nagar Film City Complex)
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Film City, Mumbai
TypeGovernment held company
IndustryFilm industry
Founded1977; 46 years ago (1977)
Headquarters,
Area served
520 acres
Key people
Sudhir Mungantiwar, minister of Cultural Affairs of Maharashtra and chairman of MFSCDC
OwnerGovernment of Maharashtra
ParentMaharashtra Film, Stage & Cultural Development Corporation
Websitewww.filmcitymumbai.org
Plaque at Film City entrance

Film City; officially Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari is an integrated film studio complex situated near Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Goregaon East, Mumbai in India. It has several recording rooms, gardens, lakes, theatres and grounds that serve as the venue of many Bollywood and Marathi films.[1] It was built in 1977 by the state government to provide facilities and concessions to the film industry. The plan for Film City was prepared and executed under the guidance of V. Shantaram.[2] It was renamed Dadasaheb Phalke Chitra Nagari in 2001 in memory of India's first producer-director-screenwriter Dadasaheb Phalke, who is considered as father of the Indian film industry.[3] It has been the shooting location for almost all Bollywood films. It has many types of location available for shooting including permanent sets of a temple, prison, court, lake, mountains, fountains, villages, picnic spots, gardens and a man-made waterfall.

Film City spans more than 520 acres in the suburbs of Mumbai and has approximately 42 outdoor shooting locations and 16 studios.

Geography[edit]

Film City is situated in Goregaon (East) neighbourhood of Mumbai near Aarey colony. It is surrounded by jungle. Wild animals such as leopards have habitat in this jungle and sometimes it is also called as Film City jungle. Leopard sightings are normal in this area. Some incidents also have been reported of leopard attack on humans. The jungle, which is designated as national park is protected forest but the boundary between Film City and Sanjay Gandhi National Park is not clearly defined. It alleged that the land of Aarey colony and the park was fraudulently sold.[4][5]

Workforce[edit]

Approximately 800 people work in the studio's eight filming locations on any given day.[4]

Services[edit]

Tours[edit]

In 2014 the tourism board of Maharashtra started guided tours of the studio, each ticket costing about ₹650.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Film City". Mumbai. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  2. ^ Indian Film Cities
  3. ^ "Film City". Amazing Maharashtra.
  4. ^ a b "Mumbai's Film City shut down after five leopard attacks". Hindustan Times. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Sanjay Gandhi National Park wants Film City to return its 51 acres of forest land in Mumbai". Hindustan Times. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Mumbai's Bollywood Filmcity Studios Open For Public Tours". The Wall Street Journal. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2018.

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19°09′40″N 72°53′14″E / 19.1611°N 72.887351°E / 19.1611; 72.887351 (Dadasaheb Phalke Nagar Film City Complex)