Massive Bollywood museum: Coming soon to a beach near Mumbai!
An article in the Times of India confirms the Maharahstra government has drawn up plans to turn Bollywood into an official tourism juggernaut.
As Mumbai is the hub of the Indian film industry, the project center will be set up either at Gorai in northern Mumbai or Film City at Goregaon, where most of the shooting and production work takes place. Though it will most likely be Gorai, a coastal zone that has been earmarked for tourism.
According to Vijaykumar Gavit, state tourism minister, the project will include a Bollywood museum, with a section on costumes worn by the stars, props like weapons and jewelery used in famous movies; technology and equipment used in the making of Bollywood movies; a gallery of photographs of famous Bollywood personalities and a permanent exhibition of old cinema tickets and film posters.
The minister said the center will also play clips of various movie scenes. He told TOI, "Tourists are curious to visit places where a movie has been shot. The clips will encourage them to visit these locations."
The tourism project has been titled Mumbai Film Tourism. This is to avoid the tiring argument with filmmakers of Hindi cinema who don't want to be classified and clubbed as 'Bollywood,' though inevitably they will.