Meet your driver at your Mumbai hotel around 1pm and travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle to the Bollywood film studio. En route, your driver will inform you about what to expect on your Bollywood tour at Film City, also called Dadasaheb Phalke Nagar in honor of the father of India’s film industry.
When you arrive at the Film City complex, head to one of the Bollywood studios for a brief introduction about the origin and evolution of India’s film industry, which has produced more than 67,000 films in at least 30 languages! Learn about the silent film era and the ‘talkies’ – first introduced to India in the early 1930s – as well as the increasing popularity of Bollywood cinema, which incorporates Hindi storytelling through dance, music and song.
Next, your Film City guide will escort you to various movie sets, where you can observe the shooting of feature films, TV serials or ads (depending on the day). Here, experience the action of a set production as you see directors rehearsing dance choreography and hear sound mixers matching background music with sound effects.
With this up-close view, you’ll gain insight into the everyday mechanics of moviemaking – from set creation, animation, stunt doubles and special effects to dubbing, editing, film processing and publicity! You may even get a chance to pose for a photo with the film stars themselves! (Subject to availability or at the star's approval; if the shooting is in progress, you will only be allowed to view it from a certain distance to avoid disturbance).
After your introduction to the fabulous world of filmmaking in Mumbai, return through the Film City gates like a true Bollywood star to meet your private driver, who will drop you off at your hotel.
If you choose to upgrade your Bollywood tour to a full-day tour, you will be taken to one more Bollywood film studio, either Chandivali Studio or Gemini Studio, depending on your day of travel. After your studio tours, head to Juhu and Bandra for a glimpse of some famous film stars’ homes. In the evening, your driver will take you to watch a Bollywood movie screened at the Eros Theater, a world-class theater established in 1938 in the Mumbai district of Churchgate. Afterward, head to a local restaurant for a delicious Indian dinner before your driver returns you by private vehicle to your hotel.