Ramoji Film City (RFC) is the world’s
largest integrated film studio complex at over 2,000 acres of land. It is also
a popular tourism and recreation centre, containing both natural and artificial
attractions. It is situated near Hayathnagar on Hyderabad
- Vijayawada, NH9 highway, about 25 km from Hyderabad.
Film producer Ramoji Rao, head of the Ramoji Group, opened the facility 1996.
The creation of the RamojiFilmCity
was an outcome of the Group's association with Indian cinema through Usha Kiron
Movies, its dedicated film production house, which has produced over 80 films
in several languages such as Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi and Bangla.
offers pre-production, production, and post-production resources. It offers
over 500 set locations. There are many gardens, authentic sets, about 50 studio
floors, a digital film facility, the support systems, outdoor locations,
high-tech laboratories, etc. The FilmCity's infrastructure
includes custom-designed locations & mock-ups, set construction, properties
& costumes, shooting stages, cameras and equipment, audio post-production,
digital-post-production/SFX as well as film processing.
Twenty international films and forty Indian films can be produced
simultaneously in the complex. It has attracted not only filmmakers from the
country, but also producers from Hollywood.
Every year, the studios attracts over a million tourists visit the complex
creating revenues in billions of rupees (INR). Located at the entrance of the
film city are the 3-star hotel, Tara and a
5-star hotel, Sitara for the film production units as well as for tourists.
Once inside, there is Hawa-Mahal, based along the lines of the Golconda Fort, which
is on a hilltop from where one can have a bird’s eye view of the whole studios.
A Japanese garden, the ETV planet (a multi-purpose editing suit), a pool,
artificial waterfalls, breathtakingly accurate airport terminal, hospital set,
railway station, churches, mosques and temples, shopping plazas, palace
interiors, chateaus, rural complexes, urban dwellings, and a winding highway
are some other places for tourists to visit. For shopping enthusiasts, there
are nice handicrafts, pottery and other decorative articles for purchase.
The vintage FilmCity coaches will take the visitors on a
journey around the studios. Each of these well-conducted tours will let you
have a tètè-è-tètè with the stunning locales. The visitors are shown around the
various sets where blockbusters have been filmed or the numerous gardens where
the Indian song sequences were choreographed. There is Parade, a prop-shop,
where you costumes of actors as shown in a film can be ordered. One can find a
nursery, Shangrila, where the visitors can take back exotic plants back home.
There are several settings in the studios which lead the visitors from streets
of the Mauryan Empire or the Mughal Empire or even the American Wild Wild West.
There's also the famous Hollywood sign
displayed on the hills at the studios.
If tired and hungry, there's enough variety of food on the platter. Alampana,
Chanakya, Gunsmoke and Ganga Jamuna are the restaurants that are available to
pamper the taste buds.
For the fitness-conscious lot, there is Samson & Delilah for you, arguably
one of Asia’s best-equipped health clubs that
has a gymnasium with sophisticated equipment and facilities such as jacuzzis,
sauna, steam bath, herbal massage. The club house features recreational
facilities like table tennis, billiards, badminton, tennis and other facilities
for aerobics or yoga.
The FilmCity even has honeymoon packages for the
newly married couples who are on the lookout for a getaway destination. It
caters to the corporate world by offering banquet halls.
Meena Bazaar, Frontierland or Black Cat Warehouse are a few avenues from where
the visitors can carry home souvenirs of their visit.