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The home of the Hindi blockbuster, the “all-India film”, is Mumbai, famously known as Bollywood. Visitors to the city should have ample opportunity to sample the delights of a Hindi movie, traditional or otherwise. To make an educated choice, buy Time Out Mumbai magazine, which contains extensive listings and reviews. Alternatively, look for the biggest, brightest hoarding, and join the queue. Seats in a comfortable air-conditioned cinema cost Rs120–200, or less if you sit in the stalls (not advisable for women).

Of the two hundred or so cinemas, only a dozen or so regularly screen English-language films. The most central and convenient are the gloriously Art-Deco halls dating from the twilight of the Raj: the Regal in Colaba; the Eros opposite Churchgate station, and the Metro at Dhobi Talao junction – the latter was recently converted into a state-of-the-art multiplex. Down on Nariman Point, near Express Towers, the Inox (w is another big multi-screen venue, built only a few years ago in retro Mumbai-Art-Deco style.

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