Film City in Mumbai set for revamp

MUMBAI: The Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari, popularly known as Film City, is soon to be spruced up. The Maharashtra government has decided to equip it with state-of-the-art facilities. It also intends to make the film shooting facility a tourist spot on the lines of the Ramoji Rao Film City in Hyderabad.

Said Film City spokesperson Saini, "There are some development plans that we have just started working on. It’s an ongoing process and will take some time before it gets implemented. We will first set a committee that will wholly work on the master plan."

A final decision will be taken within 20 days.

"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," the spokesperson added.

The government has decided to equip it with lavish and state-of-the-art sets to make it a one-stop for filmmakers. Special arrangements will be made for tourists to have access to shoots.

Besides, a Bollywood museum is being planned.

The Film City, situated in the northern suburb of Goregaon, was built by Maharashtra government’s department of cultural affairs and was inaugurated on 26 September, 1977. Initially known as the Maharashtra Film Stage and Cultural Development Corporation, it was renamed in 2001 as the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari.

Among the recent films that were shot at Film City are Devdas, Ready and Bodyguard among others. The ongoing TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is also being shot there.

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