I saw the largest movie studio in the world.  “Like an abandoned city”

India, and in this case Hyderabad in the southern part of the country, can boast not only its own Silicon Valley, but also its homegrown Hollywood.

The world's largest cinema complex – confirmed by its entry into the Guinness Book of World Records – is located not in the United States, but just outside Hyderabad. The studio was established in 1996, when Ramoji Rao, the Indian media mogul and film producer, wanted to have his own Hollywood, a complex reminiscent of the golden age of American film.

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Ramoji

Ramoji Film City – associated with the panache of Bollywood, colour, drama and imagination – although it attracts crowds on weekends, appears to be for tourists who are not familiar with local productions. At most, a hastily abandoned city.

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Ramoji Film Studio

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Ramoji

In the middle of the week at noon, except for our bus, there are only two other groups on the cinema roads and a car with tools for the team that is renovating a scene.

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Ramoji Film Studio

– A month ago, I was in… Warner Bros. studio In Los Angeles. I don't think Ramoja studio is bigger – said a tourist from Romania skeptically in my ear. And after. Built in 1996, the studio was meant to be a “city within a city.” Here, on an area of ​​approximately 700 hectares, successful Bollywood* and Tollywood** films were filmed, such as “Straight from the Heart”, the two-part Baahubali saga, and “Crocodile Killer 2”.

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Ramoji

“You will be amazed by the realistic views,” says the banner on the website of Ramoji Film Studio. According to the brand, we will be able to “move to central London, a train station, an airport, a prison, a hospital and even a trendy pub – all in one studio”.

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Ramoji Film Studio

At the same time, the Americans – due to the low profitability of preserving numerous landscapes of a huge area – do not offer such an opportunity. So expectations are really high. After all, India is known for having the largest film industry in the world.

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Ramoji Film Studio

In fact, Ramoji Fame City looks like an abandoned town with only a gardener left (plants are carefully cut into fanciful shapes). Clearly someone with great potential had made a blockbuster and… left everything to melt in the Hyderabad heat.

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Ramoji Film Studio

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Ramoji

In my imagination, I can imagine Americans shooting a Western with Gary Cooper from the 1960s here, and Ramoji leisurely rolling around in the middle. tumbleweed The Polish Internet called him the “Desert Runner”.

The exceptional space of Ramoja Studio is undeniable – we change buses twice, and it's impossible to walk through the complex.

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Ramoji

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Ramoji Film Studio

If the rest of the Bollywood film pantheon sounds like Ramoji, it's no wonder that colours, soundtracks and stunning dance sequences are the only things that come to our mind when we hear the word 'Hindi film'.

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