Mumbai: Bollywood 101

Releasing some 200 Hindi movies a year and with an audience in the billions, Mumbai’s Bollywood film industry is an international phenomenon. The typical flick is a hyperbolic, three-hour singing-and-dancing fairy tale in which good always triumphs over evil, and while the over-the-top movies certainly have their detractors, their influence on global fashion, language, rituals, and aspirations cannot be denied. Most of the city’s studios are closed to the public, but Shriti Tyagi’s Beyond Bombay Tours ($75–$150; takes guests to various Bollywood hangouts, a screening at one of Mumbai’s Art Deco cinemas (Metro Adlabs, perhaps, or Liberty Cinema), and then, if production schedules allow, on set at the government-run Film City. For a different piece of the picture, Shahid Mansoori sells Bollywood memorabilia—everything from lobby cards and movie programs to vintage posters from the thirties—at Mini Market (33/31 Mutton St.), his shop at Chor Bazaar. With more than 4,000 film posters, the store is likely to have your preferred title, and if it doesn’t, Mansoori can find it for you. Prices start at 50 cents and can hit $50 for a classic film.