Mumbai's Film City to open to tourists
Since 1977, Bollywood movies have been staged and filmed at 16 air-conditioned studios spread over 520 acres in a place called Film City, located in the northern Mumbai suburb of Goregaon.
Now the Maharashtra government thinks it's time to make Bollywood's office a state-of-the-art, one-stop-shop for filmmakers as well as a major tourist attraction.
Future tourists will have access to shoots and sets and there's a Bollywood museum also being planned on Film City premises.
According to news reports, special sections will be built on sets to allow tourists to watch shoots in progress through mirrored walkways that will ensure minimal interference.
Production houses will be offered discounts if they hold shoots on sets that are along the virtual tour route.
“We want the Film City to become one of the best places for filmmaking," Film City public relations officer Saini told media.
"We also want it to become a sought after tourist spot. However, we won’t open the entire Film City for tourism purposes. There will be just few places that will be open to the general public.
“We have decided to work on this plan because we used to get many requests from people so we thought why not do something so that people can see what happens inside a film set and get a closer look at Bollywood?” he added.
Private company bids for Mumbai's Film City renovation project commence this month.