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Dadasaheb Phalke Nagar in Goregaon, known as Film City, is set to become a world-class tourist hotspot in Mumbai. The five-year renovation project is expected to cost between ₹25 crore ($3.5m) and ₹50 crore ($7.1m).

According to The Hindu, The Maharashtra Film, Stage & Cultural Development Corporation (MFSCDC) has invited bids for the project.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Reliance Big Entertainment (RBE), and Bhanot Infra Venture (BIV) have separately shown interest in the plan.

“This project will convert Film City into a world-class tourist spot along the lines of Universal Studios,” Chandrakant Kolekar, Deputy Engineer at MFSCDC, said.

“The execution of the project would be monitored by the Chief Minister’s Office, and the ministries of Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Approximately ₹70 crore ($10m) is generated annually at present and we hope to increase this after the project is complete.”

‘A tourist spot along the lines of Universal Studios’

Film City hopes to become a resort similar to Universal Studios, where tourists can experience the various aspects of Indian cinema.

Plans involve building 15 studios, 42 outdoor locations, eight village locations, post-production facilities, film training institutes, a museum, biodiversity parks, theme parks, food courts, hotels, and an amphitheatre.

Also planned for Film City:

  • Bollywood Square – the attraction’s starting point, a promenade featuring an obelisk tower.
  • Huge sets of the villages of Maharashtra, Gujrat, Punjab, and Southern States.
  • A guided tour covering all aspects of filmmaking, from script to screen.
  • Rides, including thrill rides, as well as light and sound shows, laser shows, and more.
  • A project called the ‘Indian Film Museum’, with attractions based on films including Sholay, Krrish and Jurassic Park.

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