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Filmistan (Hindustani: फ़िल्मिस्तान (Devanagari), فلمستان (Nastaleeq)) was a film production company, based in 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.


Shashadhar Mukherjee, Rai Bahadur Chunilal, Ashok Kumar, and Gyan Mukherjee left Bombay Talkies after the death of director Himanshu Rai and founded Filmistan Studios in 1943.[2]

Nasir Hussain, who joined Filmistan in 1948 as a writer, was successful as a screenwriter for films such as 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 the 1940s and 1950s, including hits such as Shaheed (1948), Shabnam (1949) and Sargam (1950) and successful films such as Anarkali (1953) and Nagin (1954). Other notable films were Jagriti (1954), which won the Filmfare Best Movie Award in 1956, and also Munimji (1955), Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) and Paying Guest (1957).

However, in 1958, Mukherjee left Filmistan to established his own studio, Filmalaya, and continued to produce films, such as Love in Shimla (1960) and Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962).[2]

Eventually, Tolaram Jalan bought the studio from Sashadhar Mukherjee and Ashok Kumar in the late 1950s.[1]

In the following years, the studio wound down. Dooj Ka Chand made in 1964, and directed by Nitin Bose, was one of the last films to come out of Filmistan Studios. The premises continued to function as a studio, with recent films such as Ra.One (2011) and Bodyguard (2011), shot there.[3] Yash Raj Films' television serial Khote Sikkey and dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa are shot there.[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 the film 2 States (2014), was partly filmed at Filmistan Studio.[5]


Year Title Director Music by
1944 Chal Chal Re Naujawan Gyan Mukherjee Ghulam Haider
1945 Mazdoor Nitin Bose Hari Prasanna Daas
1946 Eight Days S. D. Burman
Shikari S. D. Burman
1947 Do Bhai Munshi Dil S. D. Burman
1948 Nadiya Ke Paar Kishore Sahu C. Ramchandra
Shaheed Ramesh Saigal Ghulam Haider
1949 Shabnam Bibhuti Mitra S. D. Burman
1950 Sargam P. L. Santoshi C. Ramchandra
1951 Shabistan Bibhuti Mitra C. Ramchandra, Madan Mohan
1952 Anand Math Hemen Gupta Hemant Kumar
1953 Anarkali Nandlal Jaswantlal C. Ramchandra
1954 Jagriti (Filmfare Award for Best Film) Satyen Bose Hemant Kumar
Nagin Nandlal Jaswantlal

Hemant Kumar (Filmfare Best Music Director Award

Nastik I. S. Johar C. Ramchandra
Shart I. S. Johar Hemant Kumar
1955 Munimji Subodh Mukherjee S. D. Burman
Aab-e-Hayat Ramanlal Desai Sardar Malik
Bhagwat Mahima Hemant Kumar
1956 Durgesh Nandini Bibhuti Mitra Hemant Kumar
Ham Sab Chor Hain I. S. Johar O. P. Nayyar
Heer Hameed Butt Anil Biswas
1957 Tumsa Nahin Dekha Nasir Hussain O. P. Nayyar
Paying Guest Subodh Mukherjee S. D. Burman
Champakali Nandlal Jaswantlal Hemant Kumar
Hulare (Punjabi film) O.P. Dutta S D Batish
Muklawa (Punjabi film) Rajinder Sharma S D Batish
1958 Sanskar Chaturbhuj Doshi Anil Biswas
1959 Khoobsurat Dhokha Ram Prakash S. Mohinder
Maine Jeena Seekh Liya Satish Nigam Roshan
1960 Babar Hemen Gupta Roshan
1964 Dooj Ka Chand Nitin Bose Roshan
1965 Sassi Punnu (Punjabi film) Shanti Prakash Bakshi B N Bali


  1. ^ a b c d e "Filmistan not for sale, says studio owner". The Hindu. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Gulzar, p. 593
  3. ^ Filmistan at Bollywood Hungama.
  4. ^ Desk, News. "Bollywood rues Filmistan's closure". Ticket Please News Desk. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Festival soiree". The Indian Express. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.


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