You could soon experience Bollywood in a whole new way.
If the state's cultural department has its way, Film City, Goregaon, could become a modern tourism and cultural complex, with hi-tech rides inspired by cult films such as Sholay and soundproof galleries through which you can watch your favourite stars shooting through soundproof viewing galleries.
The Maharashtra Film, Stage and Cultural Development Corporation Limited (MFSCDC) board last week formally approved the proposal to develop 438 acres of Film City into what could be the Indian Universal Studios.
The project, estimated to cost Rs3,000 crore will have a theme park with rides and 4D shows centered around movies, in addition to a museum that will display film archives, special exhibits, and even have mock sets.
The overall capacity of Film City will also be increased by three times, adding new studios and outdoor shooting locales, a five-star hotel, budget hotels and a convention centre.
“It is a grand project and is now moving into the final clearance stage.
The proposal will be sent to the chief minister and cabinet committee for a go ahead.
The state will have to rope in a private party to develop it,” said Fauzia Khan, minister of state for cultural affairs and vice president of MFSCDC.
Sources in the department said the project will be developed based on a public-private-partnership (PPP) model, with revenue sharing between the department and the private firm. The department is looking for private partner who has had experience in doing similar work and has closely worked with Bollywood.
Ajay Saxena, a PPP expert with the Asian Development Bank, who has been facilitating such projects for the state, has been roped in to help.
"The studio facilities will be revamped in such a way that any producer who has rented out a studio or outdoor shooting location can stay there with the entire crew." said a senior MFSCDC official.