Studios of Mumbai - where the action unfolds
Mumbai, the metropolis, is acclaimed for many reasons but one of the most prominent reasons is; it is the land of ‘Bollywood’ dreams.
The term ‘Bollywood’ itself has emerged from the term Bombay (Mumbai) and Hollywood (American film industry). Just as it is home to The Khans and The Kapoors, this metro is native to many aspiring stars who land up here to accomplish their fantasy of becoming an actor. But ever wondered where these actors were shot and captured in Mumbai in a 70mm frame?
Let us take you on a tour of the well-known studios of Mumbai where the shooting of films and television series takes place.
-In 1911, construction of Film City started under the direction of legendary actor-filmmaker V Shantaram.
-Film City was the dream project of the Father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke. Eventually, when completed with great from the government and industry fraternity, the project was named Dada Saheb Phalke Chitranagri in1977 and is said to be one of the largest filming studios in India.
-Spread over 520 acres, it includes 20 indoor studios of different set ups such as Temple popularly known as Film City Mandir, Civil Court, Khandala Ghat, Helipad, etc.
-Blockbusters like 1942 A Love Story(1994), Saajan (1991), Baazigar(1993), Yeh Jawani Hai Dewaani (2013), Bhansali’s RamLeela (2013), Padmavati (to be released) ,Tubelight(2017), and popular daily soaps such as Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (Star Plus), Buniyaad (DD National), Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli(Zee TV), Parichay (Colors), Bharat Ka Veer Putra-Maharana Pratap(Sony TV), Bahu Hamari Rajni_Kant (Life Ok) had been shot here.
-At present, the shoot of Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon (Star Plus), Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (Star Plus), The Kapil Sharma Show(Sony TV), Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma (Sab TV) takes place in the film city.
-Filmistan was initially a film production company, founded by Bombay Talkies' film producer Sashadhar Mukherjee along with veteran actor Ashok Kumar and director Gyan Mukherjee.
-This studio is spread over five acres, having seven studios and a garden for outdoor locations.Dooj Ka Chand (1964) was the last movie filmed by the Filmistan production company.
-Today, reality shows like Jhalak Dikhla Jaa (Colors TV), The Voice India (&TV), Nach Baliye (Star Plus) are shot in the premises.
-1930s actor-producer Chandrarao Ganpatrao Kadam bought land in Chandivli and founded Chandivli Studio in the mid-forties with a vision to create multiple outdoor shooting locations.
-The Chandivli Studio comprises indoor as well as outdoor locations such as a white bungalow, a police station, Krishna cottage, bedroom set up, a hospital set up, court room, garden road, flower garden, terrace, village, temple, etc.
-The Big B’s movies like Coolie, Khuddar, Deewar have been shot in this studio.
S J Studios
-Located near the bustling Saki Naka junction, this studio is the prime location for television and film shoots.
-S J Studios is one of the major studios in Mumbai with a spread of more than 100,000 sq. feet which include 14 shooting sets, a few empty floors and other sets such as conference rooms, a police station and a jail set, Bollywood style canteen/cafe, fully furnished bungalows from traditionally royal to contemporary set up and a mini theatre.
-The shooting of Star Plus’ popular show Ye Hai Mohabbatein takes place here.
R K Films and Studios
-R K Films and Studios was established in 1948 by renowned filmmaker Raj Kapoor.
-R K Films and Studios gave many hit movies like Shree 420 (1955), Boot Polish (1955), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai(1962), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1986), Prem Rog (1982).
-Recently the shoot of Star Plus cooking reality show MasterChef India took place in the studio.
-Mehboob Studios is the biggest hub for B-town and has witnessed some of most popular Bollywood chartbusters of the evergreen actors like Guru Dutt (Kaagaz Ke Phool), Dev Anand (Hum Dono and Guide), Dilip Kumar (Andaaz), Nargis (Mother India).
-Located at No.100 Hill Road Bandra, Mehboob Studios was founded by famous director-producer Mehboob Khan in 1954.
-The studio is spread over 20,000 sq. yards and includes five shooting floors.
-In 1970, a recording studio was also set up along with the shooting stages.
Kamal Amrohi Studio
-Kamal Amrohi Studio also known as Kamalistan Studio was established by Indian writer-director Kamal Amrohi in 1958.
-Situated off the JVLR road, Jogeshwari (east) this studio is spread over 15 acres, and consists of a railway station, village, temple, market set-up, hospital, garden, and a hospital.
-Amrohi had excelled in the art of storytelling and direction, 1972’s Pakeezah starring his beautiful wife Meena Kumari and the evergreen actor Raaj Kumar was his masterpiece.
-Razia Sultan (1983) starring Dharmendra, Hema Malini, and Parveen Babi was the last movie written and directed by Kamal Amrohi shot in Kamalistan.
-Movies like Naseeb(1981), Dharam Veer (1977), Kaalia(1981), Apna Sapna Money Money (2006), Jab We Met (2007), Dabangg 2 (2012) were also picturised here. Apart from these films, television shows like Pavitra Rishta, Nisha Aur Uske Cousins, etc. had been shot here.
-Cinevista Pvt. Ltd. Company was founded by TV and film producer Prem Krishen Malhotra in partnership with Sunil Mehta in the year 1993. Later in the year 2002, they went ahead to acquire Cinevistaas studio floors.
-The indoor studio floor is spread over 25000 sq. acres which comprise a house, sunny house, hospital, white house, college set up, cafeteria, office and a multi purpose hall.
-Popular daily soaps like Sanjivani(Star Plus), Dill Mill Gayye(Star One), Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai (Star Plus), Dil Dosti Dance (Channel V), Ek Haseena Thi (Star Plus) had been shot here.
-Currently, the shoot of Sony TV's Beyhadh takes place on the premises.