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Filmistan (Hindustani: फ़िल्मिस्तान (Devanagari), فلمستان (Nastaleeq)) was a film production company, based at Filmistan Studio a film studio of Indian film industry from Goregaon, Mumbai. Spread over five acres, near Patkar College on SV road, the studio has seven shooting floors, and a temple and garden for outdoor locations.[1] Patkar College's reputation has increased due to this studio.

It was founded in 1943 by producer Shashadhar Mukherjee, with Rai Bahadur Chunilal as production controller, actor Ashok Kumar and director Gyan Mukherjee, all who left Bombay Talkies after director Himansu Rai's death.[2]

Nasir Hussain, who joined Filmistan in 1948 as a writer, was successful as screenwriter for films like Anarkali, Munimji and Paying Guest. He started film direction with Tumsa Nahin Dekha and became a successful director. Filmistan produced a number of successful hit movies in 1940s and 1950s, including hits likeShaheed (1948), Shabnam (1949) and Sargam (1950) and successful film like. Anarkali (1953) and Nagin (1954). Other notable films were Jagriti (1954), which won the Filmfare Best Movie Award in 1956, besides Munimji (1955), Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) and Paying Guest (1957).

However in 1958, Mukherjee left Filmistan to established his own Filmalaya, and continued to produce films, like Love in Shimla (1960) and Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962).[2] Eventually Tolaram Jalan bought the studio from Sashdhar Mukherjee and Ashok Kumar in the late 1950s.[1]

In the following years, the studio winded down. Dooj Ka Chand made in 1964, and directed by Nitin Bose, was one of the last film to come out Filmistan production company, however the premises continued to function as a studio, with recent films like Ra.One (2011) and Bodyguard (2011) shot here.[3] Yash Raj Films' television serial Khote Sikkey and dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa are shot here.[1]

In 2011, Jalan refuted media reports,[1] which claimed that the studio was up for sale.[4] The present studio manager of Filmistan studio is Jasraj Purohit.[1] More recently, the song "Offo" from film 2 States (2014), was partly filmed at Filmistan Studio.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Filmistan not for sale, says studio owner". The Hindu. February 16, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  2. ^ a b Gulzar, p. 593
  3. ^ Filmistan at Bollywood Hungama.
  4. ^ Desk, News. "Bollywood rues Filmistan's closure". Ticket Please News Desk. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Festival soiree". The Indian Express. April 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 


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Coordinates: 19°09′54″N 72°50′44″E / 19.165114°N 72.845626°E / 19.165114; 72.845626 (Filmistan)