INDIAN MOVIE SCENE, Mumbai
Castella de Aquada(“Fort of the waterpoint”) is also known as the Bandra fort. It is located at Land’s End in Bandra and was built by the Portuguese in 1640 as a watchtower
Overlooking Mahim Bay,the Arabian Sea and the souther island of Mahim.
The strategic value of the fort was enhanced in 1661 after the Portuguese ceded the seven islands of Bombay to the British. It has been featured in several Hindi films, like Dil Chahta Hai and Budha Mil gaya.
If u walk in the morning in the colaba main road, where there are all the stall under the arcade probably someone stop u to ask if u want to became actor for a day in Bollywood.
thery aren't joking with u, they are seriouse, couse they need european faces for some films and they go in this touristic area to ask for.
They offer u the train ticket, some food money and a littel ammount of money.
When they asked me I sais no cause the same day I leaved Mumbay, but on of my friends go there.....if u want to have a look to this incredibel cinema world it's a great opportunity...u will be very tired at the end but u can see everithin inside!
If u have time it's a good opportunity!
At this stage it's worth mentioning yet another incredible Indian institution: the Indian film industry.
Bombay is the official centre of Indian film, so much so that the films are known as 'Bollywood' movies (which is unlikely to change to 'Mollywood' with Bombay's rechristening as Mumbai). Bollywood churns out twice as many films every year as Hollywood, and where the average Hollywood blockbuster clocks in at about 90 minutes, Bollywood epics run to an exhausting average of two-and-a-half hours. Each movie has at least five sing-along dance routines, and every type of film genre - action, romance, thriller, crime, musical - is packed into the celluloid equivalent of bubble and squeak.
To a Westerner the films appear incredibly crap, but the figures point to an industry that is far from unsuccessful. Bollywood blockbusters, of which there are more than 800 produced every year, have million-dollar budgets, produce over 100 million ticket sales every week, have huge advertising campaigns (the posters mount up on walls and telegraph poles, only to be nibbled off by passing goats and cows) and have made a lot of Bombay residents very rich indeed.
An indian movie is an unforgettable experience. They are a mix of video-clips and love stories, easy to follow (even in hindu without subtitles). Just choose a cinema and enter at any time. I went to Metro Cinema in Mumbai to see 'Yaadein'. 60 Rs at 14:00h.
If you are lucky, you may catch one of the many films that are shot in Bombay.
Bollywood is the name given to Bombays film industry, which produces more films every year than any other film industry in the world...
Be it any season, one must try the icy drink (comes with crushed ice around a stick) called SHERBET GOLAA.
Available on Juhu and Chowpatty Beach.
Must try the KalaKhatta flavour or the DISCO flavour