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Friday, 4 July 2014 - 8:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Film City at Goregaon hides in its bosom manycinematic treasures

The Mecca of Bollywood films is Film City orDadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari, named after the founder of the Indian filmindustry, Dadasaheb Phalke. The mega-movie factory, in addition to 44 outdoorlocations, 16 air-conditioned studios with 85 air-conditioned make-up rooms,also houses a courtroom, lake, helipad and the famous temple shown in earlierBollywood films and television serials. We've dug out five lesser-known butinteresting things that you probablydidn't know about Film City.

1. A world recordFilm City holds the record for conducting the maximumnumber of shoots in a day, awarded by the World Amazing Records India. Awhopping number of 53 shoots were accomplished in a single day at variouslocations of Film City on February 18, 2013.

2. Been there, done thatFrom mythological epics like Chanakya and B. R.Films' Mahabharata, historical dramas like Shyam Benegal's Bharat Ek Khoj,reality shows like Indian Idol and Kaun Banega Crorepati to blockbusters likeSholay, Lagaan, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and countless more, Film City hasdone it all. The replica of Chandni Chowk with its realistic-lookingcobblestone pathways, featured in the multi-starrer Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghamwas also erected at Film City.

3. Can you spot the difference?While some of the water bodies used in filmingcertain scenes are the handiwork of nature, Film City also includes anartificial lake.

4. Bound by superstitionActor Anil Kapoor confesses that based on the successof his first film, Woh Saat Din, the actor ensures that he shoots for at leastone day at Film City for all his films.

5. Being sustainableSituated in the lush green environs adjoining SanjayGandhi National Park, Film City shoulders an equally significant responsibilityof maintaining the ecological balance. The complex maintains the cleanliness ofits campus, sets and other locations, including waste disposal of certainmaterials used on sets.

Film City is situated in Aarey Milk Colony, GoregaonEast.

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