M for Mumbai, M for magic! Like many would agree, Mumbai is not just a city, it’s an emotion. It’s a rollercoaster ride in the locals, it’s the pair of youngsters with love in their hearts and sense of freedom in their minds at the marine drive. It’s the majestic Taj Mahal hotel,one of the most privileged hotels in Mumbai, that stands in all its glory facing the deep blue Arabian Sea. It is the thousands of people hustling through their crazy work schedules and enjoying their crazier weekend lives.
But more than any of these wonderful experiences, what makes Mumbai a city of dreams is that it is the film capital of India. It is the city where actors are born, talent is drawn and and stars are made.
Here are some of the reasons why Mumbai isn’t just a city of dreams, it’s THE city of BOLLYWOOD DREAMS.
1. City of Stars
Don’t be surprised if you spot an ever young Salman Khan cycling his way through the busy streets of Bandra or if you bump into the beauty of Bollywood Deepika Padukone in the lobby of JW Mariott or if you witness the paparazzi flocking around the charming Alia Bhatt coming out of her favourite dining place. Mumbai is indeed a city of stars and if you are lucky enough you will find yourself very much near their sparkle!You never know,the next time you make a hotel booking in Mumbai you may bump into one of your favourite stars.
2. House of the Kings
Mumbai has been home to many Bollywood celebrities from the era of the legendary Raj Kapoor to the renowned Shahrukh Khan. The Bachchan’s Jalsa in Juhu and the King Khan’s Mannat in Bandra are popular tourist spots. Eager fans wait outside these celebrity mansions to get just one glimpse of their favourite star. Be it birthdays or unfortunate loss of any loved celebrity, fans come in huge numbers from across the world to offer their love and support. After all what is a star without his or her devoted fans?
3. R.K. Films & Studios
A legacy of the Kapoor’s RK studios or Raj Kapoor Studios stands tall in Mumbai’s Chembur area since 1948. Many great movies as well as reality TV shows have been shot here. The sons of the Kapoor khaandaan are a regular and a very welcome sight at this one of its kind film studio.
4. Film City, Goregaon
A dream tour for any Bollywood fanatic would be the tour of the integrated film studio complex, Film City situated in Goregaon. With facilities and infrastructure matching international standards, film city is no less than a dream land with its several recording rooms, theatres, lakes, grounds and beautiful gardens that are perfect locations to shoot quintessential Bollywood movies.
5. Jaa Simran Jee le apni Zindagi!!
Thank God for Maratha Mandir, we can still watch the exceptional Bollywood film DDLJ that made us believe in love and laughter and an happily ever after, on a big screen. Cause bade bade deshon mein aisi choti choti baatein hoti hongi but BIG MOVIES need to be enjoyed on the BIG SCREENS! Probably the most valued theatre for Bollywood’s box office, Maratha Mandir has been screening the legendary Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge for 22 years now, since its release in the year 1995.
6. Dress like Diva’s and Dude’s
Who doesn’t aspire to dress like their favourite celebrity? Mumbai has a wide range of markets that are not only light on the pocket but also quench the fashionista in oneself. Colaba Causeway, Fashion street, Linking road, Hill road are a few markets that are any shopper’s delight. Bustling with sellers selling trendy garments, accessories, cosmetics, these places are a one stop destination for all fashion needs.
7. Festivals, Fun and Frolic
Source: IAS Paper
Mumbai is a metropolitan with people of all religions, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. The more the diversity, the more the reasons to celebrate. A year in Mumbai is never a dull year. Almost all festivals are celebrated with equal enthusiasm with family and friends. You can be a part of the festive spirit by flying down to the city. Booking a hotel is easy in the city. So just book a hotel of your choice and enjoy the festivities almost all round the year. To name a few, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Onam, Gudi Padwa, Raksha Bandhan are the festivals celebrated with much grandeur in this fun loving city.
Built by the legendary actor Shashi Kapoor and his wife. Thanks to Prithvi, the art of theatre is kept alive even today. Shows are held here all round the year.Workshop and plays,the Memorial Concert, the Annual theatre festival,documentaries,shows, performing arts are the various partnerships programmes held here that sprinkle some more magic in this filmy city!
Every person who is in love with the glitz and glamour of Bollywood would wish to incorporate the same glamour into their lives too. Malls are where all the glamour and extravaganza is sold! With the mania of malls striking Mumbai in the last few years, there are many massive malls popping across the city. High street Phoenix,Phoenix Market City, Oberoi Mall, Infinity Mall to name a few are some malls you may want to visit even if you are put up in a hotel in Mumbai.
10-Award shows and concerts
People specially make hotel bookings in Mumbai and travel from far and wide to attend some of the most prestigious award functions and some of the most electrifying concerts. Artists from all over the country and across the globe perform at these functions and concerts. Sure enough, the glitterati one sees at these programmes leaves one asking for more!