Film City Overview
Home to the film fraternity of the country is perhaps one of the most popular among Mumbai tourist places. The Film City is so vast that more than a thousand sets can be erected here at the same time. Over the last few years, the Film City has become one of the major locations for shooting the Hindi serials.

Film City was built in 1911, under the guidance of veteran actor and producer V. Shantaram. The total area of the place is about 520 acres, built according to the outlines of the film city in California. The film city has elaborate sets of villages, mountains, mansions, gardens, fountains, streams, cities etc. More than 900 Hindi movies and Hindi serials have been shot in the Film City of Mumbai and this is one of the best places to visit in mumbai in one day.

The studios are well equipped, complete with the electronic items necessary for shooting and extremely sophisticated instruments that give the kind of quality to the shows shot here, making Bollywood top in the game in the country.

Founded in 1977, and often referred to as Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari, Film City has been synonymous with Bollywood and Hindi cinema since its inception. The sprawling space is located within Mumbai’s famous Aarey Colony. Stretching across 520 acres of land, the vast expanse comprises twenty indoor studios and numerous outdoor sets, amidst lush landscapes of verdant greenery. Film City is well-equipped and offers top-notch amenities and facilities to the film fraternity, which is why most movies and television shows are shot here.

Film City is known to be so huge that at a time approximately 1000 film sets can be placed within the premises, with over 900 movies and even more ad films and tv serials being shot here over the years. The government and other tour agencies arrange for a plethora of tours where you get an opportunity to visit the lavish film sets, get a sneak peek of what happens behind the camera, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot your favourite movie star here! A visit to these reel sets in the real world are definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re a movie buff. 

Film City Tours:

The various tours offered by Film City are

Mumbai Film City Tour: This 2-hour long guided tour includes a visit to the City's prime locations like the Helipad, Court, Church, Temple, and the Khandala Bridge; sights that you might have seen in umpteen Bollywood films. Your guide will keep you entertained with interesting Bollywood facts and trivia, and if you're lucky you might spot a LIVE shooting or two from the tour bus. This is the most reasonable tour starting at Rs. 600/- .

Dream Tour: If you love some 'Bollywood Gyaan' this is the tour for you! Learn about the history of Bollywood, the transformation of movie depictions over the eras, and post-production activities. The cost per head for this tour is Rs. 600/- too. 

Combination Tour: Priced at Rs. 1100/-, this tour offers the best of both, the basic Film City Tour and the Bollywood Dream Tour. A complete package for movie buffs.

Mumbai Film Set Tour: Starting at Rs. 1700/-, this special tour lets you explore movie sets and witness LIVE shoots first hand. The 5-hour long tour explores the depth of filmmaking, while detailing the finer points.

Half Day Tour: Witness everything from movie sets to LIVE shoots, an opportunity to experience post production activities, a LIVE Bollywood dance show, and end it with a delicious lunch at Film City. Truly an experience of Dining with the Stars! Tickets are priced at Rs. 6000 per person. 

How To Reach

From Mumbai Airport: The most convenient route to travel from Mumbai Airport to Goregaon’s Film City is either by booking a private car or taking a local cab right from the airport. The distance is approximately 14 kms and will take you around half an hour, dropping you off right to the entrance of Film City. 

Another option is the local buses that ply across the city, but these would require you to change multiple buses during the course of your journey and takes approximately one hour to reach your destination, which isn’t really recommended.

Best Time To Visit

Although Film City opens its doors to visitors all year round, most tourists prefer visiting during the winters, because this is when Mumbai weather is pleasant enough for walking and exploring the numerous sets on foot. Summers are extremely hot and the tour can get tiring quickly, while monsoon might disrupt your tour and make it difficult to get a good glimpse of the outdoor sets. 

Other Essential Information

 Inside Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri Main Gate, Post Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Entry fee: 
INR 599-INR 1699 per person


Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 
31.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central

Tips for Visiting Film City:

-Try to visit the venue in winter as there are numerous outdoor sets to explore on foot.

-Do not touch any property within Film City as this would invite a penalty

-Ensure that you’re punctual, so as to not miss out on anything

-Photography and Videography are only allowed at certain points

-Try your best to book online tours, so as to avoid the serpentine queues

-Do not rush to visit actors or click selfies with them

-The passes do not permit entry to any of the studios

-Carry a valid ID card at all times
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Film City FAQs

Is Mumbai Film city worth visiting?

Yes, absolutely! Goregaon’s Film City is home to many A-list Bollywood stars, and if you’re a movie buff, or are keen on seeing how movie sets are designed and constructed, Film City is a must visit. Film City re-creates foreign locations, right in the heart of Mumbai, and the venue has a unique aura, which feels like a dream destination. Visitors from near and afar come to see this pleasant, enjoyable destination, and we suggest you do too.

How do you get to Film City?

Reaching Film City is fairly simple. If you’re in South Mumbai, you can hop onto a Western Line local train from Churchgate Station, that’ll drop you off to Goregaon Station. From the station, you can take a rickshaw to Film City. If you’re around Mumbai Airport, take a taxi or private car right from the airport, that’ll drop you off directly to the entrance of Film City in around half an hour.

How can I get entry in Film City Mumbai?

Some of the best guided Film City tours are conducted by MTDC, the local tourism body of the Government. You can purchase tour tickets directly from the Film City website, run by the MTDC.

What is the best time of the day to visit Film City?

If you’re visiting Film City in winter, any time between 10 AM to 5 AM is a good time to visit. However, if you’re visiting during the summer, we’d recommend the second half of the day when it isn’t too hot. If you choose the half-day guided tour, the best time to visit is in the morning.

Can we meet film stars at Film City?

Most of B-Town shoots at Film CIty, so whether you take a half day long tour, with behind the scenes specials, or a short 2 hour guided tour, there is a high chance of spotting a Bollywood celebrity shooting on the premises.

Film City Reviews

Shantanu Arora
Reviewed: 13 Dec 2018
I am a huge Bollywood fan, so this was just the experience I was craving for! Although, I think for a half day Bollywood tour, the price was a bit high. We also got to see live shooting at movie studios, but did not get to click photos with celebrities as they had said. We got to drive past the hous... Read More
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Smriti Verma
Reviewed: 12 Feb 2020
Get to see in-real shootings of Bollywood sound nice right. Yes, it is!!! Nice Bollywood studios and make-up room WOW...
Amaresh Bhattacharya
Reviewed: 08 Dec 2019
While checking online on the Thrillophilia website I came across this package I really wonder and confuse to take this package, So I called the customer care and they help me connect with the sales agents. The agent helps me in detail about the package so I booked it. A day before the tour the opera... Read More
Anurag Devar
Reviewed: 26 Feb 2020
Amazing sightseeing with my friends and fellow co-traveler. The guide was informative about this experience took us to the Bollywood shooting studio I was so glad that I saw real-life shootings right in front of me it was not easy as we see in the pictures. The start and the entire team working very... Read More
Inder Pothuvaal
Reviewed: 17 Feb 2020
Unforgettable experience. This short tour really made my day as through this I can see the actual shooting sets it was nice and the shooting was going on when we reach there, in break time behind the sets we get a golden opportunity to talk and spend their valuable time with us. It was just I am dre... Read More
Ekaaksh Marar
Reviewed: 15 Feb 2020
I am so excited about this experience from the day I made a booking. And more excited the day I did this experience. It was really kind of great achievement in my life, the Nice guide gave us proper guidance.

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