Are you a lifelong Bollywood enthusiast who always wanted to come to Mumbai to see where and how all the magic is created? But when you start planning your trips to the various locations, you realize that there are too many options and not enough time. Don't be overwhelmed, we are here to help! Here are a few must visit places in Mumbai for a Bollywood fan:
Film City Studio
The heart and soul of the Bollywood industry, Film City should be the first stop of your Bollywood tour in Mumbai. Weekend bus tours are available to both indoor and outdoor sets, where you can try your luck and spot a star or ten! Dada Saheb Phalke Chitranagari, as the film city is locally known, is an hour's drive away from The Retreat Hotel.
The Theater Trail
A city that makes as many movies as Mumbai does, inevitably has a lot of theaters to screen those movies. Some famous old cinema houses, as they were called in their heyday, which contribute to the Bollywood tourism, Mumbai are Alfred Theater, Nishant Talkies, New Roshan Talkies and Moti Talkies. Some of them are still standing(barely), some have been replaced by newer, fancier buildings and some have seemingly vanished into the thin air.
If you were planning on watching the latest blockbusters at these theaters, you could be gravely disappointed. But if you wish to explore these places to see the remnants of the giants on whose shoulders the IMAX and 3D theaters of today stand, you are in for a treat!
Iconic Locations From Your Favorite Movies
The old theaters may not have survived the years, but you can still recreate your favorite movie scenes at their respective locations, which are next on our list of places to see in Mumbai for Bollywood fans.
Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat, where we first witness the opening sequence of a movie about a certain funny doctor.
Marine Drive, which has borne witness to generations of actors running towards each other in slow motion.
Maratha Mandir, which has been screening the legendary Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge for 26 years straight.
More Iconic Locations
Some other famous locations that should feature on your Bollywood tour in Mumbai are:
The Gateway of India, where the unforgettable Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye(among many others) was filmed.
Taj Mahal Palace, which has played host to multiple Hindi, Marathi and English movies.
Castella De Aguada, more commonly known as Bandra Fort, which has also seen countless carefree couples cantering along its famous walls.
This list is by no means exhaustive. It is only a beginner's guide to the places one must visit to explore Bollywood in its true essence. There are many more locations like Olympia, Coronation Cinematograph and Variety Hall, New Alhambra, Majestic, Mehboob Studio in Bandra, Ballard Estate and Pier that you can visit during your stay at The Retreat Hotel and Convention Centre. Get the superstar treatment in our fabulous rooms after a long day of seeing where and how your favorite stars produce their magic.