Vacationers traveling to any part of India are sure to pass by Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra. It is the gateway to Indian tourism and center of the country’s commerce and entertainment industry. Mumbai is the proud host of Bollywood, which from the sound of its name one can easily understand that it is South Asia’s version of Hollywood. The Bollywood film industry produces 100 Hindi blockbuster movies every year, which clearly makes Mumbai the richest, hippest and sexiest city in South Asia. Bollywood Mumbai is the single most iconic destination in all of India.
Like any leading cities in South Asia, Mumbai is hot, humid, polluted, overcrowded, and suffering from extreme poverty. Yet, none of these debilitating national conditions seem to matter in the posh Bollywood Film City where India’s rich and famous make their residence. Also known as Film City Mumbai, the city of Bollywood is located beyond the National Park and near the Aeray colony in Gurgaon. Locals need permission to be allowed entry into the Film City, which is a huge studio where most Bollywood movies are shot, produced, edited, recorded, and so on. Aside from the thrill of bumping into an Indian movie superstar, visitors are amazed seeing huge movie sets that are complete with fake lakes, fountains, trees, flowers, homes, and so on. The idea of watching an actual movie being shot on set is enough to make the Indian people desire so much to visit the famous Film City.
Americans may sneaker at the name ‘Bollywood’ as a make-believe Hollywood, but unknown to many, Bollywood produces more blockbuster films annually than Hollywood or any other film industries in the world. It also enjoys wide viewership since India is the second most populous country in the planet. There are 1.21 billion people living in India and majority of them would rather watch a Bollywood movie than an American film. Bollywood films have a unique style of their own, incorporating music, singing, dancing and comedic sketches in almost all of the movies, including serious dramatic ones. That uniqueness of style is now being noticed outside the Indian subcontinent as more and more Western moviegoers are becoming familiar with the typical song and dance sequences of a Bollywood film.
Although Mumbai’s Film City is closed from the public, tourists are allowed entry with the proper permits. Tourists are given the chance to check out the gigantic movie sets, many of which are larger and more magical than those in Hollywood. Visitors to the Film City are mostly film buffs and movie critics.
With the presence of Bollywood, the city has become India’s center for entertainment. People from all over the country come here to watch movies in the most modern cinema houses in South Asia such as Regal, Metro, Liberty, INOX, and IMAX, which show both Hindi and English films. Also alongside Bollywood Mumbai are several art galleries, art exhibitions, museums, and other avenues for fun and entertainment such as shopping centers, arcades, malls, fashion streets, bars, pubs, disco houses, and amazing nightlife.