Founded in 1943 by producer Shashadhar Mukherjee, Filmistan is one of the oldest film studios of the Indian film industry and is located in Goregaon. The studio has seven floors available for shooting indoors, including a temple and a garden.
Filmistan has produced a number of successful hit movies in the 1940s and 1950s like Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) and Paying Guest (1957). However in 1958, Mukherjee left Filmistan to establish his own studio, Filmalaya. Eventually, Tolaram Jalan bought the studio in the late 1950s.
Till date, Filmistan holds a lot of importance in the Bollywood world. Recent films like Ra.One (2011) and Bodyguard (2011) were shot here. The song "Offo" from the film 2 States (2014), was partly filmed here as well. The popular dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is also shot here.
Amitabh Bachchan, arguably India’s biggest film star, is said to have started his career here. After having visited the studios in recent years, the actor expressed, “The place and its environs have not changed at all. A few cosmetic changes have occurred, but the structure and the ambience have remained the same. In particular, the semi open aired canteen which made the most delicious sugar on toasts, the only meal we could afford and the only place we would get space to rest our struggle worn body.”
Unfortunately, the studio is not open for public (unless you know someone working inside). But if you stand outside the studio long enough, you might spot a celebrity or two. Good luck!