ROHILAS IN INDIA 2014: 8 Ramoji Film City, Andhra Pradesh
February 13, 2014
Around 9:00 a.m., we left for day-long visit to Ramoji Film City, about 35 Kilometers (21 Miles) away from Hyderabad.
Ramoji Film City Sign
Spread over more than 1650 acres, Ramoji is the world's largest film complex, which opened in 1996. With its 500 set locations, 50 studio floors, post-production facilities and editing studios, it provides comprehensive, world class filmmaking facilities. Every year, a large number of films, TV dramas and commercials are produced here in English and several Indian languages.
After reaching there, the first order of business for us to buy our tickets. At Rs 800 (about $13) each, tickets are expensive for India. Still there were hundreds of people, who had come to spend a day at the dreamland of Ramoji.
Area near the booking office.
Armed with our tickets and a map, we walked behind the booking office, to start our tour.
Ramoji Film City Map
The tour of Ramoji Film City is like going to a theme park complete with shopping facilities, food courts, and areas for entertainment of children as well as adults.
Vintage shuttle coaches move people around the various sets and studios, while a tour guide offers a narrative of the places on the way. Also there are areas for visitors to explore on their own.
A Shuttle Coach
Ramoji Film City has a butterfly park and more than 100 gardens - Umbrella Garden, Japanese Garden, Charisma Garden, Mughal Garden, Sanctuary Garden (with topiary sculptures of animals), and Sculpture Garden, to name a few.
And there are several other sculptures too throughout the Film City - traditional sculptures, modern sculptures, and movie-inspired sculptures.
A Traditional Sculpture (Radha & Krishna)
A Modern Sculpture
Movie Inspired Sculpture of Mother India
Movie Inspired Sculpture of Charlie Chaplin
There are a variety of fountains, water-pools and gazebos too.
The sets include an airport terminal complete with Check-in Booths, and interior of an airplane.
Airport Check-in Booths
Interior of an Airplane
Even there are replicas of the iconic Hollywood sign, and Western as well Indian residential and shopping areas.
Hollywood Sign and Old American West Set
A Residential Street
Another Residential Street
Besides there is a police station (with jail), a train station, a temple, a mosque, a fort and a palace complete with palace grounds.
Police Station & Jail
Hawa Mahal Palace
Hawa Mahal Palace Grounds
Fundostan is an area dedicate specially to children. It offers them video games, carousels and other activities.
Also there are areas which people of all ages can enjoy. For example there is a large complex of
Rupalu Caves. It has statues and frescoes depicting some realistic and some fantastic themes.
And there is a long tunnel through which visitors go through in an open trolley bus. It has a variety of displays - foreign and Indian, real and mythical - around each corner.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
And there is the Mahabharata Gallery, which has elaborate court sets with automated figures participating in important royal discussions.
A scene from Mahabharata Gallery
In a pair of studios, using a volunteer couple from the audience, they showed us how some movie scenes are shot, and how some sounds are generated and recorded.
Filming of a woman cart driver being chased by horsemen
Volunteers creating sounds for the scene above
By now, Kundan's leg pain had become unbearable. Therefore, we enlisted staff's help to be transported to our car for return trip to our hotel in Hyderabad.