India’s film and television industry got the name “Bollywood,” derived from America’s Hollywood, as Bombay (Mumbai) became the center of Hindi cinema. It remains at the center of Indian culture and entertainment. Some of Bollywood’s most famous productions have come out Mumbai’s S.J. Studios, of one of its premier filming locations. Bollywood films are shot here 365 days a year, and by some of the industry’s top actors. On set tours show everything from hospitals to a police station and a cafe, all used as the backdrop for Bollywood productions.
Visitors have the chance to get a peek into the present world of Bollywood, immersed in dancing or action scenes. There is also a portrait gallery of Bollywood stars, demonstrating its progression from black and white to the special effects of today. With eight full-sized sets open to guests, chances are high that you’ll see a filming taking place.
S.J. Studios is located on Kherani Road in Sakinaka, Mumbai. Tours are conducted daily and in English.