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Bollywood packages get hands-on

Tourists can watch stunt shows, participate in dance classes and visit old-time cinema halls in city. Read on more...

entertainment Updated: Jun 28, 2010 15:21 IST
Sneha Mahale

Fascinated by Bollywood? Well, now you have the opportunity to see first-hand the magic of cinema, both on screen and behind the scenes. Special Holidays is offering movie buffs Bollywood tour packages. Categorised into half-day, full-day and even two-day tours, these packages are designed to give patrons a better perspective of the history, technical and creative art of filmmaking.

“Indians and foreigners alike are very interested in how films, especially Hindi movies, are made. Through these packages, they get the opportunity to decode cinema and take home memories that will last a lifetime,” says Sandeep Jain, director, Special Holidays.

As part of these Bollywood packages, patrons are taken to film sets at Mumbai’s Film City, Goregaon. Here, they can observe all the technical and creative aspects of filmmaking like music recording, make-up, editing, processing background score and dress designing. They can also interact with the artistes and technicians and get all their queries answered. Jain says, “We also give them an introduction to Bollywood and talk in detail about the evolution of cinema from inception till date.”

Tourists can also participate in a dance training class supervised by a choreographer, watch a stunt man in action and be part of a street show with themes like village life or the circus. They can also visit various famous film locations and catch glimpses of star homes from the outside. Jain says, “When Slumdog Millionaire became a huge phenomenon, we got several requests to include that in our Bollywood package and we obliged.”

Finally, the clients can also interact with the film’s director, producer and lead actors and get pictures taken. Special Holidays also conducts mock film shooting for its groups. Jain says, “For instance, they can pick any movie they want, like a Sholay or a Dil Chahta Hai, and we will shoot a film with them as the lead characters.”

These tours are not restricted to Mumbai and Bollywood alone. Similar tours are also available in Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, MGR Film City, Chennai and Noida Film City, Noida. He adds, “But of course, Mumbai gets the maximum crowds as it is the movie capital of India.” Jain adds that most of the people who opt for these tours are foreigners as the prices are slightly steep and most choose the one-day
tour option.

Package includes
Audition Session
Dance training classes
Stunt man show
Theatre
Street Show
Famous shooting sight visit
Star home from outside
Visit shoot location to watch shooting
Post production

Cost: Rs 6,840 to Rs 15, 360 per person (depends on group size and duration of tour). Includes lunch on sets and a chauffer-driven car. For more info, contact Special Holiday.
Call: +91-11-22714577, 22714588 or 22714522 or email spclholidays@vsnl.net