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How to Experience Bollywood Culture in Mumbai

How to Experience Bollywood Culture in Mumbai

A portmanteau of Hollywood and Bombay (the former name of Mumbai), Bollywood refers to India’s Hindi-language film industry. For many travelers, the chance to experience Bollywood culture is one of the top reasons to visit Mumbai. Fortunately, ample Bollywood-specific tours and attractions welcome curious visitors with open arms.

What Is Bollywood? Bollywood films span genres, though most have a few common characteristics that distinguish them from Hollywood films, beyond their use of the Hindustani language. For one, they can be quite long and often include an intermission in the middle. They also tend to feature multiple song-and-dance breaks, which sometimes advance the storyline—but sometimes are just plain entertaining. Most actors simply lip-synch their songs, with the actual voices belonging to a handful of professional vocalists known as playback singers.

Where to Go

  • Bandstand Promenade: Though the Bandstand Promenade’s Hollywood-esque Walk of the Stars has been removed, many of Bollywood’s top stars still live in the area, and if you hang around long enough you may just spot one.
  • Colaba: The hub of tourist activity in Mumbai, local scouts often head straight to Colaba to seek out foreigners to act as extras.
  • Film City: This gargantuan film studio complex has been a premier Bollywood shooting location since the 1970s.
  • Juhu: A popular filming venue, this upscale coastal neighborhood is home to many of India’s top movie stars.
  • Regal Cinema: The art-deco Regal Cinema is one of the oldest movie theaters in town and is a great place to see Bollywood films.
  • S.J. Studios: Many of Bollywood’s most famous films have been shot at this studio.

  How to Go Experiencing Bollywood in Mumbai is best done with a guide or organized tour, especially as most film studios are actively used year-round and don’t allow people to just wander in. Most tours visit Film City, though some head to other locations, such as S. J. Studios—and a few do both. Most tours make at least a cursory stop in one of the neighborhoods where a lot of Bollywood stars live, and some even offer little extras such as dance lessons. If you dream of gracing the silver screen, you’re on their own—but hanging out in Colaba just might help you catch the eye of a local casting agent!

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Best of Bollywood Private Tour with Lunch and Transport.

Best of Bollywood Private Tour with Lunch and Transport.

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Get an in-depth experience of the Bollywood film industry in Mumbai on this action-packed private half-day tour. Your guide is an actor who provides an insider's perspective of the industry during the studio tour, dance performance, and visit to the Bollywood museum. You might even see some filming on the studio sets. Top off the tour with lunch at a local restaurant. Your tour includes private guide and vehicle, snacks, entrance fees, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$130.00
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US$130.00
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Bollywood Studio Tour with Slum & City Tour

Bollywood Studio Tour with Slum & City Tour

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See three very different aspects of life in Mumbai during a single private tour. With a dedicated guide and a carefully crafted itinerary, you’ll come to a larger understanding of modern life and culture in one of India’s most vibrant cities. Visit the Dharavi slum, home to thousands of people who make their living through recycling and other community projects. Follow up with a tour of a Bollywood studio and a comprehensive city tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$92.31
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US$92.31
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Full Day Private Bollywood Tour with Meal

Full Day Private Bollywood Tour with Meal

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Delve into the glittering world of Bollywood films on a full-day tour in Mumbai. Start by visiting a filming location to watch the action, then get a behind-the-scenes look at the technical work of a Bollywood studio. If time allows, you may be able to see an actor’s makeup room or pose for photos with current movie stars. Watch a dance performance with typical Bollywood flare, then join in to learn some of the moves. Drive past the mansions of several Bollywood stars as you return to your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$164.11
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US$164.11
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Mumbai Film City and Bollywood Tour with Meal

Mumbai Film City and Bollywood Tour with Meal

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Go behind the scenes in Bollywood on a full-day tour in Mumbai. Explore Film City on a group bus tour, visit a film studio, and see the homes of some Bollywood stars as you travel around the city in your own private vehicle. Your tour includes entrance fees, private driver, group Film City bus tour, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.85
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US$153.85
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Half-Day Bollywood Experience Tour with Meal

Half-Day Bollywood Experience Tour with Meal

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Take a private tour of Bollywood to discover the links between Mumbai and Bollywood. Learn about Bollywood's history, stars, and the local film industry as you visit a studio with an informative guide.You might even watch a film in production, and be lucky enough to meet a Bollywood star.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$123.08
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US$123.08
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Bollywood Studio Tour Inclusive of Guide and Transport

Bollywood Studio Tour Inclusive of Guide and Transport

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Bollywood movie fans won’t want to miss an in-depth tour of the Indian film industry. Your English speaking guide takes you to a professional studio to immerse you in the culture of Bollywood. Experience live dance, singing, special effects, authentic sets, and costumes. Be at the center of the action as you witness a live shooting of a movie scene.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$108.98
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US$108.98
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Private Bollywood and Mumbai City Tour with Meal

Private Bollywood and Mumbai City Tour with Meal

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Discover Mumbai with your own private guide on a full-day tour that includes a city sightseeing tour and the highlights of Bollywood. Your city tour includes must-see places such as the Gateway of India, Oval Maidan cricket ground, Dhobi Ghat, Town Hall, and Marine Drive, and your Bollywood tour takes you to a filming location and the homes of the stars. Includes private guide and vehicle, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$138.47
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US$138.47
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Bollywood Studio Tour experience

Bollywood Studio Tour experience

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Get a close look at movie making in Bollywood on a half-day private tour in Mumbai. Travel in the comfort of your own private vehicle with an informative guide who shows you the sights of Bollywood on a tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 1 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$38.47
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US$38.47
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Private Bollywood with Slum Tour Inclusive of Guide and Transport

Private Bollywood with Slum Tour Inclusive of Guide and Transport

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Visit the Dharavi slum and Bollywood for two different perspectives of life in Mumbai. Walk through the Dharavi streets and hear about the residents and their history from your guide. Then take in the highlights of Bollywood including a special effects demonstration, the Hall of Fame, a Bollywood cafe, costume gallery and museum, and movie sets that are not in use.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$135.00
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US$135.00

Private Bollywood with Mumbai Sightseeing

Private Bollywood with Mumbai Sightseeing

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Make the most of your time in Mumbai, and immerse yourself in the exciting culture of Bollywood, with this 6-hour comprehensive sightseeing tour. Beginning with pickup from your hotel, discover Mumbai’s iconic landmarks. Then spend your afternoon enjoying Bollywood dance, costumes, and the Bollywood museum.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$163.00
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US$163.00

Bollywood dream night

Bollywood dream night

Dive in to the look and feel Bollywood with a tour that visits some Bollywood sets and filming locations in Mumbai. See some live shoots going on and learn about the history of Bollywood films as well as current trends from your guide. Cap off the night with a visit to a fine restaurant or a nigt club for dinner and/or dancing. This tour gets you true insider access to locations you wouldn't be able to visit without a guided tour.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$123.08
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US$123.08
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Mumbai Bollywood Studio Tour

Mumbai Bollywood Studio Tour

This tour gives you a chance to step into the magical, mesmerizing world of Bollywood right in the heart of Mumbai. From your hotel, you'll head to the Bollywood studio where you'll learn about how the movie industry in India works. You'll hear about its famous names and your guide will give you priceless insight into the filmmaking process that has made India's movies so unique against the rest of the global market's. You'll get the chance to see an actual movie being filmed live right on the studio, followed by a special Bollywood dance show that's only for you, where you can even be part of the action! Time permitting and with permission, you might even be able to get a photograph with the famous actors and actresses on set in Bollywood.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$92.00
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US$92.00
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Full-Day Private Slum and Bollywood Tour with Lunch

Full-Day Private Slum and Bollywood Tour with Lunch

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View two sides of Mumbai on a private full-day tour that combines visits to the vast Dharavi slum followed by a tour of glittering Bollywood. Start with a walking tour of Dharavi, learning about the residents and history from your guide. In the afternoon, hit the highlights of Bollywood, including a drive past the stars' homes and a stop at a movie set. Includes lunch, private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$138.47
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US$138.47
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3 Days Complete Mumbai Tour Inclusive of Bollywood Studio Experience

3 Days Complete Mumbai Tour Inclusive of Bollywood Studio Experience

This tour is perfect for those who have enough time to spend in Mumbai. Explore  Mumbai completely. We will take you to the sightseeing spots, Markets, Elephanta caves, Dharavi slum and of course Bollywood studio Tour.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$246.16
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US$246.16
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Private Bollywood Studio Tour

Private Bollywood Studio Tour

Get an insider's view of Bollywood with this private tour. You'll visit a Bollywood studio, where you'll get to see a live filming; depending on the say, you may even get to have your photo taken with an actor or peek inside a makeup room. After your tour, you'll watch a Bollywood dance performance before returning to your hotel.
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  • 3 to 4 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$280.00
Price varies by group size
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US$280.00
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Bollywood In Mumbai With A Bollywood Movie And Lunch

Bollywood In Mumbai With A Bollywood Movie And Lunch

Mumbai is not just the financial capital of India. It is also famous for its movie industry, referred to as Bollywood. On this tour of Bollywood, drive past the mansions of some of the most famous stars of Bollywood. If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of one! Also watch a Bollywood movie and experience the magic of tinsel town. Highlights • Cruise past houses of several Bollywood stars • Go to the cinema and watch a typical Bollywood movie • Drive through the streets of Mumbai
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$145.00
Price varies by group size
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US$145.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Bollywood Tour of Mumbai

Private Bollywood Tour of Mumbai

Gain insight into India’s vibrant film industry during a private tour of Bollywood. Experience the magic of the movies up close as you watch the professionals make feature films, ad campaigns, and TV series. Follow the filming with a look at the residences of several Indian movie icons and then watch a performance of a Bollywood show. Includes light refreshments, entrance fees, and transportation by private vehicle.
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  • 6 hours
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US$202.57
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US$202.57

Dharavi Slum with Bollywood tour Mumbai

Dharavi Slum with Bollywood tour Mumbai

Around 60% of the citizens of Mumbai live in slums and Dharavi, with a population of at least half a million. Also experience Bollywood Tour, India is still the largest film producer of the world, producing an average of 1000 films a year. Since 1931, when the talkies were introduced, India has produced more than 67,000 films in more than 30 languages.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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US$151.29
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US$151.29
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Full-Day Private Bollywood Tour

Full-Day Private Bollywood Tour

Discover the glittering world of Bollywood films on a full-day tour in Mumbai. Start by visiting a movie shooting. Take a look at the technical work of a Bollywood studio. If time permits, you may be able to see an actor’s makeup room or take pictures with some movie stars. Watch a dance performance with typical Bollywood flare.  Drive past the mansions of several Bollywood stars as you return to your hotel / port. Highlights • Bollywood movie shooting • Dance Show • History of Bollywood and some fun facts • Mansions of Bollywood stars
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$449.00
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US$449.00
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Dabbawala Tour with Bollywood Tour in Mumbai

Dabbawala Tour with Bollywood Tour in Mumbai

A tour with triple bonanza , "Dabbawala" tour, ride in Mumbai local train & a lavish Bollywood tour. Experience how "Dabbawala-man" usually carrying a cylindrical aluminium container who carries and delivers freshly made food from home in lunch boxes to office workers. Experience a ride in the lifeline of Mumbai, its local train (we travel in less crowded route). Tour to Bollywood studios also introducing to the guests about the origin and evolution of the Indian Film Industry (Bollywood) ranging from the silent era to talkies to current date.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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US$154.00
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US$154.00
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Bollywood Studio Tour including visit to a live shooting set in Mumbai

Bollywood Studio Tour including visit to a live shooting set in Mumbai

Get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the world’s largest film industry with this Bollywood studio tour, which includes a first-hand look at a live shooting. Learn the ins and outs of production, visit actors in the makeup room, and watch choreographed dance performances. Other highlights include a photo opportunity with a Bollywood star and a chance to sing your favorite Bollywood song.
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  • 2 hours
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US$114.11
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US$114.11

Bollywood In Mumbai With A Bollywood Movie

Bollywood In Mumbai With A Bollywood Movie

Mumbai is not just the financial capital of India. It is also famous for its movie industry, referred to as Bollywood. On this tour of Bollywood, drive past the mansions of some of the most famous stars of Bollywood. If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of one! Also watch a Bollywood movie and experience the magic of tinsel town. Highlights • Cruise past houses of several Bollywood stars • Go to the cinema and watch a typical Bollywood movie • Drive through the streets of Mumbai
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$109.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$109.00
Price varies by group size
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