A touch of Bollywood ~ in the Heart of Dream City


In December 2014, "DDLJ (Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge = The Brave-Hearted will take the Bride away)", an iconic Bollywood movie of 1995 celebrated its 1000th weeks' long run in Maratha Mandir Theatre near Mumbai Central Railway Station.

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I went see the film in the middle of October 2013, at around 930th week (above billboard picture was taken at that time).

To see this film in this particular theatre was a great fun.

The place was far from fullhouse on that day, but soon I realized that the many of audience were repeaters, as I could see by their reaction on certain scenes, and this made the hall very lively during 186 minutes !

Do not expect English subtitle here. I had seen this film previously on DVD so I was not bothered with it.

Price range is very low, Cinema hall also has AC, if you have long long hours to wait for your train in Mumbai Central Station, just cross the road, this could be an nice waiting room option.

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Mumbai is the centre of Indian film industry.

More movies are produced in Bollywood than Hollywood.

The most important film studio is Mumbai Film City in Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) provides two hours' Official Film City Tour for Indian nationals at 499 INR + tax.

It's regrettable that foreign nationals are officially restricted inside Film City so cannot join this tour.

For foreign visitors, there are many small and mid-sized film studios in northern suburb of the city. Some specialized tour companies offer visit to these studios.

If you are interested in bollywood experience, such as learning Bollywood danse, you can check up some local danse schools who offer drop in students.

Some of Yoga teachers have also celebrity clients.

Or, you can also try some hair salons in Juhu area such as Kromakay, b:blunt, or JC Biguine, with hair stylists who have celebrity clients.

The very first motion picture presented in public was Lumiere Brothers' 46 seconds' short film “La Sortie des Ouvriers de l’Usine Lumiere a Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon)” and other short movies. It was way back in December 1895 in Paris . On the following year in July 1896 already, the first film was screened in India at the exclusive whites-only hotel, Watson's Hotel *** in Kala Ghoda, Bombay --- yes, of course, in Mumbai !

*** Former Watson's Hotel's building is listed on the list of "100 World Endangered Monuments" by the World Monuments Fund, a New York-based NGO since 2005. After being refused entry to this hotel because of his Indian origin, Jamsetji Tata opened Taj Hotel later in 1903.

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